Senior Electrical Engineer

Cambridge, MA /
Engineering /
/ On-site

Volta Labs, Inc. ( is an MIT spin-off that has unlocked powerful new DNA sequencing capabilities by developing novel fluidic technology. Working at the intersection of engineering and biology, Volta is building a product to streamline DNA sequencing sample prep. As DNA sequencing is the foundational technology behind humanity‘s understanding of diseases and the tool that provides a new view into the fundamentals of biology, Volta is at the forefront of a sequencing revolution; driving sequencing towards seamless ease of use and complete automation. 

Working at Volta Labs means having big ambitions for solving the world’s most challenging problems. Volta has brought ht together individuals from many different fields (physics, biology, engineering, operations) to work toward one main shared goal -- build the most advanced sample prep solution for sequencing.  We are a product and data-driven company where employees are expected to learn, grow and thrive in a fast-paced, open, and collaborative environment. This is an exciting phase to Volta with huge upside potential. With commercialization imminent, our product has the potential to change the future of sequencing. 


    • Design and build prototypes and production electronic systems, including circuit design, PCB layout, embedded firmware development, bring up and validation
    • Go beyond the board -- design sensing, motion, electrowetting, magnetic field actuation and thermal management systems around off-the-shelf and custom components
    • Back up your design decisions with data gathered through simulations and experiments
    • Grow into owning system-level architecture and mentoring other engineers


    • M. S. or B. S. in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Applied Physics or a related field with 4+ years of relevant experience in an industry / research position.
    • Strong systems level thinking in designing complex electrical systems.
    • Experience with designing mixed signal circuits, high voltage systems, power electronics.
    • Experience developing systems with digital logic and embedded processors (ARM, AVR, Raspberry Pi).
    • Design, layout and fabrication of printed circuit boards using Altium Designer, KiCad, Eagle or similar tool.
    • Programming in one more languages C, C++, Python.
    • Ability to work in a fast based start-up work environment with ability to adjust workload based upon changing priorities.
    • Outstanding verbal and written communication skills to clearly articulate ideas and concepts with biologists, engineers and non-scientists.
    • Excellent organization and task planning skills and capability for multi-tasking.
    • Self-starter who requires minimal supervision.


    • Strong knowledge of electromagnetism and draw toward solving physics problems.
    • Experience with CAD systems such as Fusion 360, Solidworks and COMSOL (physics simulation).
    • Experience in developing life sciences tools, medical instruments and laboratory hardware or similar hard technologies.


    • Robust Equity Program, to build future wealth through stock options with high growth potential
    • Comprehensive Healthcare Coverage, including Medical, Dental, & Vision
    • HSA, FSA, and Sponsored Commuter Benefit Plans
    • Access to Our 401K Plan, to save for your future
    • 12 Weeks of Paid Parental Leave, which can be taken over 12 months
    • Unlimited Paid Time Off, because we understand the importance of time off for rest and adventure
    • 10 Paid Federal Holidays
    • Weekly On-site Lunches, variety snacks, beverages, & treats
    • Weekly Paid Coffee Date with Colleague
    • Monthly Team Happy Hours
We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status, and actively seek out and value diverse perspectives. Women, people of color, people who are differently abled, and members of the LGBTQ+ community are encouraged to apply. Even if you don't check every box, but see yourself contributing, please apply. Help us build an inclusive community that will change the face of bio-automation!