Senior Mechanical Engineer - Consumables

Cambridge, MA /
Engineering /
/ On-site

Volta Labs, Inc. ( is an MIT spin-off that has unlocked powerful new capabilities with our proprietary fluidic technology. Working at the intersection of engineering and biology, we are developing the future of automation and pushing the boundaries of what’s possible in life sciences. We are at an exciting inflection point as we emerge out of stealth mode and scale up. Alongside our collaborators, we have demonstrated powerful and unique competencies that are now being developed into robust products for the decentralization of Next Generation Sequencing. This beachhead application is on the bleeding edge of innovation and adoption, and we intend to shape the future with our paradigm shifting platform. 

Working at Volta Labs means having big ambitions for solving the world’s most challenging problems. We take pride in having a wealth of internal knowledge and experiences across all aspects of technology, and we hope that you can add fresh perspectives to that! We strive to build a community of collaborative, disruptive, and respectful team members who feel empowered to be themselves every day.

Volta Labs is seeking a creative, collaborative, and well-rounded mechanical engineer to take on the design and development of the consumable used on the Volta Labs platform. The ideal candidate will have experience bringing a highly-regulated consumable to market in a fast-paced and multidisciplinary environment. Familiarity with molecular biology and contract manufacturing is a plus. Responsibilities for this role will follow the complete lifecycle of the Volta Labs consumable, from prototyping and design through to manufacturing and V&V.

How you will contribute:

    • Work collaboratively and cross-functionally to identify requirements from engineering, biology, software, product, manufacturing, and end-users
    • Successfully develop a consumable for the Volta Labs platform that meets this wide and multidisciplinary set of requirements
    • Develop a comprehensive set of product documentation to support the manufacturing of consumable
    • Work with external vendors to procure components and develop packaging for consumable
    • Liaise with contract manufacturers to develop a manufacturing plan and bring up manufacturing line(s) for consumable
    • Develop verification and validation tests suitable for regulatory compliance efforts
    • Make recommendations to Volta leadership on building out organizational infrastructure to support consumable
    • Manage project milestones, schedule, cost, and qualification efforts
    • Participate in design reviews and provide engineering support for the broader product team


    • B.S. in Mechanical Engineering or related field with 3-5 years of product development experience
    • Experience managing projects with both internal and external stakeholders (including vendor and supplier management).
    • Proficiency with Solidworks or other 3D CAD software
    • Comfortable with prototyping methods including 3D printing, general machine shop fabrication, and hands-on assembly
    • Familiarity with high-volume manufacturing processes including injection molding and automated packaging equipment
    • Ability to collaborate in a fast-paced team environment with rapidly changing priorities: proactive team player who thinks ahead, plans, and suggests solutions.
    • You are a continuous learner who embraces a growth mindset.
    • Strong leadership and communication skills with the ability to synthesize technical information and present it to specialists and non-specialists.

Qualifications considered a plus:

    • Familiarity with regulatory requirements, quality systems, and Good Manufacturing Practices for life sciences and IVD laboratory equipment.
    • Experience launching a consumable in a regulated industry
    • Familiarity with molecular biology or life sciences
    • You have a successful track record working with cross-functional development teams.

Volta Labs offers both competitive cash and equity compensation, as well as health, dental, and vision coverage, and unlimited paid time off. 

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!