Lab Instrument Engineer

Redwood City, CA
Operations /
Full-time /
Retro Biosciences is a fast-growing biopharma start up using high-throughput, high-dimensional approaches to develop therapies for diseases driven by the biology of aging. Our mission is to increase healthy human lifespan by 10 years.

We are looking for a highly organized and self-motivated Lab Instrument Engineer who craves a challenge and feels energized to roll up their sleeves. You will work in a fast-paced, ever-evolving environment as a member of the Retro Operations team. While your primary responsibility will be to assist in day-to-day lab equipment needs, you will juggle multiple balls and contribute to various initiatives and special projects.

What you'll do in this role:

    • Set up and install new laboratory instruments and equipment
    • Diagnose, repair, and maintain a variety of lab instruments and equipment
    • Maintain accurate records of maintenance logs including calibration reports, quality checks, and other service reports
    • Train lab personnel on proper use, document workflows in SOPs
    • Support acquisition and disposition of lab equipment
    • Be on-call for emergencies, some weekends and holidays

You might thrive in this role if you:

    • Have a degree in biomedical or mechanical engineering, electronics, or other equivalent
    • Have at least 2-5 years of related experience with machines such as cell analyzers, flow cytometers, and cell sorters
    • Love complex machines and already have a history of playing with them for fun
    • Know how instruments work and can take a shot at just fixing them instead of throwing up your hands and calling the manufacturer
    • Are able to lift and move heavy equipment, at least 50 lbs
    • Are resourceful and can figure out how to solve unusual problems
    • Move fast and maintain a high level of attention to detail, organization, and followthrough
    • Are proficient in Google Suite and Asana
We take pride in cultivating an environment that fosters collaboration, open communication, and authenticity. We believe that great results are best delivered by a highly creative team working in concert. We are an equal opportunity employer; we do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. We are diverse in background and singular in mission.

The annual salary range for this role is $120,000-$150,000 annually.
Total compensation also includes generous equity and benefits including:

-Medical, dental, and vision insurance for you and your family
-401(k) plan with 4% matching
-Unlimited time off and 10 company holidays per year
-Paid parental leave
-Annual learning & development stipend 
-Free lunch and snacks