Job Description Summary
The Senior Mechanical Engineer leads the design and development of laboratory automation systems based on electrical, mechanical and software technology from initial concept through to transfer to manufacturing, launch and maintenance through the product lifecycle. In addition, this position is integral in driving the technological innovation and continuous improvement of existing processes within the Instrumentation Business Unit at STEMCELL Technologies.
This is an exciting opportunity to deliver advanced laboratory automation instruments to STEMCELL's new and existing customers globally. You will be part of a dynamic product development team responsible for designing, expanding and continuously driving innovation of our lab instrumentation and disposable products. As Canada’s largest biotechnology company, STEMCELL Technologies Inc. provides leading edge software, robotic and reagent solutions that drive our customers' research at the forefront of science. The role provides an opportunity to contribute to product design, innovation and solution provision for our customers, as well as to maintain our leadership presence in the life sciences industry.
Duties & Responsibilities
Lead process to define, develop and launch new laboratory automation systems from requirements gathering through architectural design and prototyping to detailed design, test and manufacture, working in partnership with multi-disciplinary teams consisting of Mechanical, Electrical and Software engineers, Product Managers and Quality Specialists.
Drive in-house development of new lab automation products using 3D CAD, embedded controllers and standard electro-mechanical components (motors, sensors, actuators etc.) and play a hands-on role during prototyping to resolve system integration challenges, enhance performance and identify areas for future improvement.
Participate in system performance testing as part of a cross-functional team of engineers and scientists in order to identify and mitigate potential risks early in product development.
Lead design reviews that affect the product life cycle such as manufacturing, service, regulations, troubleshooting, upgrades and backwards compatibility, competing technology and obsolescence. Analyze and solve complex problems during the design reviews.
Draft specifications, requirements and design documentation for design history records and technology transfers according to company and Quality Management System (QMS) standards, including applicable regulatory compliance.
Propose annual departmental objectives and projects as part of strategic planning; recommend improvements to policies and procedures of the business unit. Contribute to defining the work program and technical activities schedule for projects. Actively participate in brainstorming and review sessions.
Provide feedback and mentorship to staff.
A bachelor’s degree in Mechanical, Electrical or Mechatronic Engineering, or in a similar appropriate field, with 10+ years of relevant experience or a master’s degree in Engineering with 8+ years of relevant experience.
Proven experience in developing multiple products from requirements gathering and analysis through prototyping to manufacture, support and end of life.
Demonstrated skills and experience in novel and standard design approaches, building and testing of electromechanical systems and solving complex cross-disciplinary problems.
Knowledge of automation system applications and specific knowledge of one or more of: i) Liquid handling systems, ii) Robotic and linear / rotary motion control systems, iii) Linear and rotary actuators and end effectors, iv) Sensors and measurement instruments including data acquisition, v) Embedded controllers, PC and laptop interfaces for analog and digital IO.
Extensive experience with diverse technologies and design approaches including standard industry best practices, 3D CAD, PLM applications and version control of software and/or hardware design.
Experience in leading projects and managing third party contractors in the design and supply of automation systems is a distinct asset.
Practical experience performing risk assessments and FMEAs and experience in designing for low to mid-level production volumes.
Demonstrated project management and planning experience in a multi-project, time-driven environment, including budgeting, resource and change management.
Experience in design and documentation procedures consistent with UL, CE, ISO 13485 and related standards for development of systems for diagnostic and pre- / clinical applications is an asset.
Excellent communication (oral, written, presenter) and interpersonal skills with the ability to work effectively in a team and with cross-functional teams.
Team oriented yet self-motivated.
Highly organized with strong attention to detail and accuracy.
STEMCELL Technologies Inc. is a privately-owned biotechnology company based in Vancouver that helps power leading-edge life science research around the world. Scientists performing stem cell, immunology, cancer, regenerative medicine and cellular therapy research are among those who rely on our cell culture media, cell separation products, instruments, ancillary reagents and contract assay services. We create novel, useful, standardized products of unfailing quality and deliver them to more than 70 countries via our many regional offices plus distribution centres in Vancouver, Seattle, Grenoble and Singapore. Driven by our love of science and our passion for quality, we see ourselves simply as “Scientists Helping Scientists” – standing by our customers to provide outstanding products, technical support and training. We have over 1000 science-oriented employees globally, including 250 PhDs/MScs, with most others holding a BSc or engineering degree. STEMCELL is proud to be the largest Biotechnology employer in Canada.
This is an opportunity to work with highly motivated colleagues in a science-oriented, creative and dynamic environment. We offer a competitive salary, excellent benefits and significant career development opportunities.
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