Junior Mechanical Engineer

London /
Hardware /
Full Time
Cytera build machines that automate the growing of human and animal cells. Our work has massive real-world impact. We help teams in drug development and cell therapy accelerate their research so that vaccines and drugs can get to patients earlier. 

You don’t have to be wearing a lab coat to get the most out of working here though. We’re a low-ego, high-urgency team of 12 that spans software, hardware, mechanical engineering and biology. Our work here involves a laser-focus on the needs of our users, thinking deeply about designing complex systems for manufacture and assembly and enabling new interactions between software and the physical world. 

We’re working hard on one of the last highly manual processes in biotech, and it all stems from taking a human-centred approach to physical product design. Our founders, Ali and Ignacio, kept hearing about how time consuming cell growth was, and that many of the existing robotic processes didn’t solve the underlying problems - they just replaced the human with a robot. Instead, we approach solving problems by understanding our users, and use our diverse experience across science & engineering to create intuitive user experiences & innovative devices. They can now grow and monitor cells from the cloud, giving them back time to do what they do best: innovate in the field of biological research. 

We believe that as a mechanical engineer, you’d be hard pressed to find a more interesting and impactful problem to work on. We’d love to hear from you if you think you would enjoy:

    • Assembling, testing and validating complex devices
    • Having the freedom to suggest ways to refine designs, and how we source and manufacture parts
    • Understanding user goals and user journeys and incorporating them into continuously improving product design
    • Quality control for customer pilots
    • Multi-disciplinary collaboration across the whole team, which includes two Forbes 30 under 30 founders, ex-Dyson engineers, rock climbers and Nature-published scientists

You bring:

    • An educational background in at least one of our core engineering disciplines (mechanical, electrical or bio-mechanical) with an interest in product and user centred design
    • Some related work experience or internships. We’re especially excited to meet potential colleagues with exposure to the fields of lab automation, medical devices, and augmentative robotics, with a keen interest in thermodynamics, fluidics, microfluidics and control systems
    • Experience with at least one CAD package (Autodesk Inventor or Fusion 360 for preference)

Salary and Benefits

    • Competitive £30,000-£36,000 salary with stock options
    • Lunch covered daily
    • Collaborative team environment with very high potential to learn new skills
    • 32 days holiday
    • Pension
    • Awesome colleagues and an office in the Imperial College Innovation hub in White City, where you’ll be based.

    • Because of the device assembly aspect of this role, we are unable to support remote-first working and potential colleagues must be happy to work from our lab.
We’re building a team that enjoys moving fast and not killing cells, strives for continuous improvement through learning from mistakes and is passionate about work that contributes to solving real world problems. 

We get excited about meeting potential colleagues from broad scientific/engineering backgrounds and who share our enthusiasm for unconstrained innovation and understanding our users.