Senior Mechanical Engineer - Life Sciences

Danaher   •  

San Jose, CA

Industry: Technology


8 - 10 years

Posted 67 days ago

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Celebrating over 30 years of innovation and quality, Molecular Devices is enabling scientists to unravel the complexity of biological systems. Through innovative analytical solutions for cell and protein biology their customers can see more, do more, and know more, and answer life’s most important questions. Over the years, the company has developed and manufactured cutting-edge software and products to empower scientists to improve productivity and effectiveness, ultimately accelerating research and the discovery of new therapeutics.

In 2010, Danaher Corporation acquired Molecular Devices to continue its growth strategy of purchasing strong performers in attractive markets. Today, Molecular Devices is one of the world’s leading providers of high-performance bioanalytical measurement solutions for life science research, pharmaceutical, and biotherapeutic developments, with research described in over 25,000 peer reviewed publications. As Greg Milosevich, President of Molecular Devices, put it “I wake up and get to do something I love every day” and have seen the medical impact of our work in families, scientists and our employees.

Job Summary

As part of the Biologics Product Development group, 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 essential and will include Sales, Marketing, Service, and Operations. The ideal candidate will have a passion for innovation and a proven record 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.
  • Understand the needs of customers in biologics markets.
  • 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, air flow studies and dimensional tolerance.
  • Work with suppliers on the fabrication of prototype and final parts (machined components, sheet metal components, mechanical systems, testing 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
  • Attend customer / site visits and some offsite meetings (up to ~10% travel)


  • 7+ years of direct mechanical engineering experience
  • Bachelor’s degree or above in Mechanical Engineering.
  • Experience with optics, fluidics, pneumatics, and industrial design is a plus.
  • Proven, hands-on mechanical aptitude.
  • Excellent mechanicaltroubleshooting skills.
  • Experience with instrumentation used in the Life Sciences.
  • Experience in planning and conducting voice of customer (VoC) studies to align with customers’ needs to drive product specifications.
  • Experience working successfully in a team environment
  • Demonstrate strong attention to detail.
  • Strong preference for candidates with previous experience in regulated industries (medical, industrial, automotive, etc) and product verification and validation.

Skills and Attributes

  • Ability to model and analyze design 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.

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, dental, environmental and applied solutions. Our globally diverse team of 67,000 associates is united by a common culture and operating system, the Danaher Business System, which serves as our competitive advantage. We generated $18.3B in revenue last year. We are ranked #162 on the Fortune 500 and our stock has outperformed the S&P 500 by more than 1,200% over 20 years.At Danaher, you can build a career in a way no other company can duplicate. Our brands allow us to offer dynamic careers across multiple industries. We’re innovative, fast-paced, results-oriented, and we win. We need talented people to keep winning. Here you’ll learn how DBS is used to shape strategy, focus execution, align our people, and create value for customers and shareholders. Come join our winning team.

Job ID: MOL002356