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Senior Opto-Fluidic Engineering Manager

Senior Opto-Fluidic Engineering Manager

  • 2023-31151
  • Pleasanton, California, United States

Bio-Rad is looking for an enthusiastic Optical-Fluidic Engineering Manager to support its global organization. You will be leading a key part of the innovative Mechanical Engineering Team developing complex solutions for the Next Generation ddPCR instrument systems.

We need a mechanical engineering leader who gets excited about pushing the boundaries of medical diagnostics, is highly analytical, and sees the big picture needed to evolve a concept into an instrument. Are you a proven hands-on leader that understands the full development life-cycle from concept to manufacturing and is passionate about transforming ideas into products? Does the idea of developing a team to engineer a break-through instrument platform that provides the cancer and research community with revolutionary opportunities excite you?

You will report directly to the Head of Mechanical Engineering and be part of a larger multi-disciplinary R&D team. Come join us and be a key player in our next innovative instrument. You will work with engineers, chemists, and molecular biologists to develop integrated optical and fluidic systems (including droplet-based digital PCR). This work will span from the research stage through product launch. At our Pleasanton R&D center, you can have a big company impact while working at a small, nimble and dynamic site. 

You will lead the growing opto-fluidic design team in the development and documentation of digital biology products developed in an R&D environment. Interfacing with cross functional teams, your group will be developing instrument systems from concept through detailed design, manufacturing release, instrument verification, and product launch support.

How You’ll Make An Impact:

  • Collaborate among multidisciplinary teams to develop optical and imaging solutions which enable next generation microfluidic instruments. 
  • Review and analyze product requirements, articulate and document opto-fluidic system requirements and functions. Participate in efforts relating to mechanical requirements definition, and functional decomposition, opto-fluidic system architecture definition, modeling, and compliance including verification plans and reports. 
  • Oversee the development of optical and fluidic solutions with the team designing components, creating assemblies, procuring parts, and authoring assembly instructions. Verify optical / fluidic modeling and analysis of components and systems. 
  • Coach the team to exercise independent judgment in developing methods, techniques and evaluation criteria. 
  • Guide the assembly and testing of engineering prototypes alongside a diverse R&D team to validate research and correlate mechanical models. 
  • Perform root-cause investigations on systems and components to correct problems, improve product quality and reliability. 
  • Develop templates and hone processes to generate and release formal engineering documentation (part and assembly drawings, installation instructions, test reports, etc.) to support the development and manufacture of world class medical instruments. 
  • Collaborate with downstream partners to incorporate the considerations associated with Design for Reliability (DFR), Design for Manufacturing (DFM), Design to Cost (DTC), and Design for Service (DFS). 
  • Ensure high work quality and timely deliverables while providing feedback across the organization.

What You Bring:

  • BS in Mechanical Engineering, MS desirable. 
  • Minimum of 15 years of professional experience required. 
  • Minimum of 5 years of supervisory or project leader experience required. 
  • Detail oriented personality with a passion for mechanical design, able to articulate ideas through solid documentation and reporting skills. 
  • Strong verbal and written communication abilities. 
  • Demonstrated application of mechanical principles and theories to develop cost-effective, reliable and high quality systems – machine shop, injection molding and/or electro-mechanical assembly experience a must. 
  • Proficiency with solid modeling packages (ie. Solidworks, Pro/ENGINEER, etc.) and business productivity tools (PLM, PDM, ERP). 
  • Demonstrated ability with structural hand calculations and simulation software. 
  • Industry experience in drafting and demonstrated GD&T understanding. 
  • Training in Design for Excellence principles preferred.

Vaccination Requirement: Ability and consent to upload proof of completed Covid-19 vaccination into our secure database within 3 days of start date.  


Total Rewards Package: At Bio-Rad, we’re empowered by our purpose and recognize that our employees are as well. That’s why we offer a competitive and comprehensive Total Rewards Program that provides value, quality, and inclusivity while satisfying the diverse needs of our evolving workforce. Bio-Rad's robust offerings serve to enrich the overall health, wealth, and wellbeing of our employees and their families through the various stages of an employee’s work and life cycle.


Who We Are: For 70 years, Bio-Rad has focused on advancing the discovery process and transforming the fields of science and healthcare. As one of the top five life science companies, we are a global leader in developing, manufacturing, and marketing a broad range of high-quality research and clinical diagnostic products. We help people everywhere live longer, healthier lives. Recently voted a Best Place to Work, Bio-Rad offers a unique employee experience with collaborative teams that span the globe. Here, you are supported by leadership to build your career and are empowered to drive change that makes an impact you can see.  


Benefits: Bio-Rad's biggest asset is its people, and the reason why our Total Rewards deliver programs that provide value, quality, affordability, and inclusivity while satisfying the diverse needs of our evolving workforce. Our robust offerings serve to enrich the overall health, wealth, and wellbeing of our employees and their families through the various stages of an employee’s work and life cycle. We’re proud to offer rich options, including no-cost medical plans, free HSA money, a new fertility offering with stipend, life and disability, paid parental leave, 401k plus profit sharing, employee stock purchase program, a new upgraded and streamlined mental health platform, extensive learning and development opportunities, education benefits, student debt relief program, pet insurance, wellness challenges, time off, ERG’s, and more!  


Compensation: The estimated base salary range for this position is $165,700 to $227,800 at the time of posting. Actual compensation will be provided in writing at the time of offer, if applicable, and is based on several factors we believe fairly and accurately impact compensation, including geographic location, experience, knowledge, skills, abilities, and other job permitted factors. This position is eligible for a variable annual bonus, which is dependent upon achievement of your individual objectives and Company performance.


EEO Statement: Bio-Rad is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, and we welcome candidates of all backgrounds. Veterans, people with disabilities, and people of all races, ethnicities, genders, ages, and orientations are encouraged to apply.  


Agency Non-Solicitation: Bio-Rad does not accept agency resumes, unless the agency has been authorized by a Bio-Rad Recruiting Representative. Please do not submit resumes unless authorized to do so. Bio-Rad will not pay for any fees related to unsolicited resumes.



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