Senior Mechanical engineer

London /
Hardware /
Full Time
Job location: London
Salary: £40,000-£70,000 + stock options
Opening date: 13 December 2019
Closing date: 31 March 2020

You rarely get the chance to change an industry. But that's position we find ourselves in.

We're developing a revolutionary new automated human cell growing system. Cells are key to every biotech and pharma company - from those developing new drugs, to those developing new cell-based medicines. And yet today they're all grown totally manually, the same as 100 years ago. With our machines, for the first time our customers can hands-off manipulate and monitor batches of cells from the cloud.

We've already signed up some of the biggest companies in the space as customers for the coming year, and in the near future, our solutions will be growing cells for cell therapies - the best cancer cures ever created. Join us and help us get there! We have recently been featured in top lists from Labiotech as well as Forbes, and we're backed by Y Combinator, the most successful startup accelerator in the world which produced companies such as AirBnb, Dropbox, and Cruise.

You can learn more about what it's like to work at Cytera in this video: Link

We’re looking for an experienced mechanical engineer, who can both rapidly create proof-of-concepts, and carefully develop robust versions of existing features. If you’re interested in working on solutions that will impact biology and healthcare, this is for you.

Sometimes you'll be designing solutions that interface with areas you might not have worked with, such as optics and fluidics, so you should be prepared to learn new approaches and techniques as required!

The ideal candidate would have experience developing hardware to solve multi-disciplinary challenges, such as building hardware that interfaces with fluidics or optics

Role responsibilites

    • Refining existing proof-of-concept features to create robust solutions that could ship to customers
    • Collaborating on the design and building of new features
    • Communicating with vendors and suppliers
    • Creating detailed designs in CAD and well-specified, accurate drawings
    • Assembling prototypes of own designs
    • Collaborating within a multi-disciplinary team, that brings together hardware, software and biology

Must have

    • Can prototype own designs
    • Able to mechanically design components to meet a spec, for example by applying finite element analysis
    • Appreciation of the differences between designing for manufacture vs designing for rapid-prototyping
    • Advanced knowledge of at least 1 CAD system
    • Understanding of how to design for manufacturing techniques including injection molding, sheet metal fabrication and CNC machining

Nice to have

    • Has worked on a product that has shipped to customers
    • Strong grasp of electronics
    • Know at least one programming language
    • Good understanding of biology


    • Competitive £40,000-£70,000 salary + stock options
    • Lunch covered daily
    • Collaborative team environment with very high potential to learn new skills

Closing date

    • Applications close 31 March 2020
Our solutions are going to transform the way every biotech works. Join us and help us get there!