Senior Mechanical Engineer in Fremont, California at Molecular Devices

Date Posted: 11/10/2019

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Job ID: MOL002535

About Us

Molecular Devices is one of the world's leading providers of high-performance bioanalytical measurement systems, software, and consumables for life science research, pharmaceutical, and biotherapeutic development. Included within a broad product portfolio are platforms for high-throughput screening, genomic and cellular analysis, colony selection, and microplate detection. These leading-edge products enable scientists to improve productivity and effectiveness, ultimately accelerating research and the discovery of new therapeutics. Molecular Devices is committed to the continual development of innovative solutions for life science applications. The company is headquartered in Silicon Valley, California with offices around the globe.

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As part of the Biologics R&D team, the Sr. Mechanical Engineer will have an exciting opportunity to develop cutting edge analytic instrumentation used in drug discovery and characterization. This is a technical-lead role dedicated to the scoping, development, and implementation of design solutions to meet customer needs. The successful candidate will participate in mechanical design and verification activities. Interaction with cross functional team members is critical and will include Sales, Marketing, Service, and Operations. The ideal candidate will have a passion for innovation and a consistent record of developing practical solutions.  

Key Responsibilities:
  • Design of mechanical and electromechanical components and assemblies using Solidworks.
  • Create drawings and hardware specification documents.
  • Generate workflow and process instructions.
  • Analyze the tolerance (GD&T) of mechanical components and assemblies.
  • Work with cross-functional teams to identify gaps in product offerings.
  • Translate project requirements and customer needs into design concepts 
  • Perform static and dynamic mechanics analysis, stress simulations, and flow studies.
  • Work with suppliers on the fabrication of prototype and final parts (machined components, sheet metal components, automation systems, test fixtures, manufacturing fixtures, and molded components).
  • Coordinate designs with other key functions including Assay, Optical, Electrical, and Systems Engineering.
  • Perform system build, testing, and mechanical debug
  • Create and present technical presentations
  • Attend customer / site visits and some offsite meetings (up to ~10% travel)


Job Requirements


  • Extensive experience in the design of complex mechanical and electromechanical systems. Experience with optics, fluidics, and industrial design is a plus.
  • Proven, hands-on mechanical aptitude.
  • Excellent mechanical troubleshooting skills.
  • Experience with instrumentation used in the Life Sciences. 
  • Demonstrate strong attention to detail.
  • Strong preference for candidates with previous experience in regulated industries (medical, industrial, automotive, etc) and product verification and validation.
  • 7+ years of direct mechanical engineering experience. 
  • Bachelor’s degree or above in Mechanical Engineering. 
Skills and Attributes 
  • Ability to model and analyze designs in Solidworks
  • Understands basic thermal dynamics, fluid dynamics, and stress analysis.
  • Familiarity with various ideation methodologies and design for manufacturing principles.
  • Ability to author and present design concepts to engineering, marketing, scientist, and management.
  • Works effectively in both a cross-functional team environment and independently.
Culture:   The right candidate for this role will embody both the Molecular Devices and Danaher culture.  Below are key attributes this candidate will possess. 
  • Analytical. This leader seeks out facts and evaluates relationships and dependencies.
  • Results-driven. Demonstrating initiative and personal accountability to meet work demands according to highest standards, while being able to prioritize and balance competing needs, will be key to success.
  • Both a competitive and team player. This individual speaks to results yet gives credit to the team.
  • Humble and self-aware. Helping drive a culture of respect across all associates, functions and levels while championing D&I and focusing on results is a must. This candidate understands their personal areas of development and actively works on weaknesses.
  • Clear communicator. Strong experience in developing effective internal communications and a clear, succinct style is desired.
Diversity & Inclusion
At Danaher, we are dedicated to building and sustaining a truly diverse and inclusive culture. These are not just words on a page—Diversity and Inclusion is a top priority for the company, and it ties deeply to each of our core values. Danaher Corporation and all Danaher Companies are equal opportunity employers that evaluate applicants without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or other characteristics protected by law.

Danaher Corporation Overview

Danaher is a global science & technology innovator committed to helping our customers solve complex challenges and improve quality of life worldwide. Our world class brands are leaders in some of the most demanding and attractive industries, including life sciences, medical diagnostics, environmental and applied solutions. Our globally diverse team of 71,000 associates is united by a common culture and operating system, the Danaher Business System, which serves as our competitive advantage. We generated $19.9B in revenue last year. We are ranked #162 on the Fortune 500 and our stock has outperformed the S&P 500 by more than 5,200% over 25 years.
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