Staff Engineer - Fluidic System Design at Illumina (San Diego, CA)

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The Staff Fluidics System design engineer is part of the Illumina product development team creating new industry-leading genetic analysis platforms for life sciences and clinical markets. You will work in a very interdisciplinary team environment to develop industry-leading genetic analysis instrumentation and device products.

Primary responsibilities of this position include fluidic and microfluidics systems architecture, component design and implementation, metrology development, reliability test, systems integration, and supplier management in both integrated consumables and instruments utilizing novel reagents, chemistry, and recipes. This candidate should be highly motivated to work cross-functionally in the ecosystem of fluidics, optics, precision motion, electronics, and biochemistry, and embrace role changes throughout the whole product development process from early conceptualization to commercialization and manufacturing transfer.

  • Contribute to fluid systems architecture design and down selection to meet system-level requirements and specifications.
  • Lead design and customization of critical fluid components and sub-assemblies include pumps, valves, sensors, manifolds, flexible elements, fluid interfaces and routing, etc. to meet the functional, cost, reliability, manufacturability, serviceability, and safety requirements
  • Drive critical parameter management and design FMEA process to achieve high robustness, reliability, and lifetime performance of fluid systems.
  • Design and implement testbeds and metrology fixtures for component-level and system-level characterization, diagnostic, and reliability/life testing.
  • Contribute to the selection and qualification of critical suppliers/partners for both fast prototyping and volume manufacturing.
  • Lead quality control workflows with critical suppliers to minimize supply quality issues in production.
  • Contribute to fluid systems integration, functional test, and recipe development through the collaboration with cross-functional teams.

Education and Experience:
  • M.S. or PhD in Mechanical Engineering, Bioengineering, Systems Engineering or related field
  • 3+ years of industry experience in fluid systems design with a full product development cycle from conceptualization to volume manufacturing

  • Proficiency in the design and implementation of innovative fluid components, microfluidic designs, and sub-assemblies for commercial products with 3D CAD programs (e.g., SolidWorks) and Finite Element Analysis (FEA) tools (e.g., COMSOL).
  • Strong understanding of fluid mechanics. Conduct first-principle and Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) analyses to characterize fluid flows to guide design optimization and tradeoffs.
  • Good understanding of critical parameter management workflow and design FMEA process
  • Experience in characterization and testing of fluid components and systems, including design of experiments and root cause analysis
  • Experience in reliability test design and protocol with strong statistical analysis skills for data interpretation and visualization
  • Experience in supplier management with schedule and budget tracking, familiar with the process of SOW, RFP, and RFQ
  • Excellent oral and written communication/presentation skills
  • Experience in development of biomedical instrument or device is a plus

Concerns regarding COVID-19 continue as positive cases are experienced in the communities in which we operate. Please be aware that, as a condition of employment, Illumina may require proof of COVID vaccination in accordance with local statutory requirements (subject to limited exceptions) beginning November 1, 2021.

At Illumina, we strive to foster a diverse and inclusive workplace by cultivating an environment in which everyone contributes to our mission. Built on a strong foundation, Illumina has always been rooted in openness, collaboration, and seeking alternative views and perspectives to propel innovation in genomics. We are proud to confirm a zero-net gap in pay, regardless of gender, ethnicity, or race. We also have several Employee Resource Groups (ERG) that deliver career development experiences, increase cultural awareness, and demonstrate our collective commitment to diversity and inclusion in the communities we live and work. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer committed to providing employment opportunity regardless of sex, race, creed, color, gender, religion, marital status, domestic partner status, age, national origin or ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, sexual orientation, pregnancy, military or veteran status, citizenship status, and genetic information. If you require accommodation to complete the application or interview process, please contact [email protected] To learn more, visit:
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Illumina operates in the Biotech industry. The company is located in San Diego, CA, Madison, WI, Foster City, CA and San Diego, CA. Illumina was founded in 1998. It has 7400 total employees. It offers perks and benefits such as Flexible Spending Account (FSA), Disability Insurance, Dental Benefits, Vision Benefits, Health Insurance Benefits and Life Insurance. To see all jobs at Illumina, click here.
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