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Systems Integration Engineer (Assays)

Volta Labs

Volta Labs

Boston, MA, USA
Posted on Wednesday, July 28, 2021
Volta Labs is an MIT spin-off that has unlocked powerful new DNA sequencing capabilities by developing novel fluidic technology. Building off of this core technology, Volta has created a product that streamlines DNA sequencing sample prep. Volta is at the forefront of a sequencing revolution, driving sequencing towards seamless ease of use and complete automation.
We are a product and data-driven company where employees are empowered to learn and thrive in a fast-paced, open, and collaborative environment. This is an exciting phase to join Volta; with commercialization imminent, our product has the potential to change the future of sequencing.
You will be joining as a Systems Integration Engineer in the Applications Development team and be responsible for integrating genomic applications on the Volta Labs fluidics platform and contributing to internal process improvements.


  • Automate biochemical workflows on Volta Labs’ platform technologies through a manipulation and thorough understanding of droplet fluidics, liquid handling, protocol scripting, biochemistry and various peripheral systems.
  • Take applications from feasibility through commercialization by prioritizing workflow robustness.
  • Identify inefficiencies in existing internal features/tools/processes, and contribute towards developing solutions.
  • Collaborate with engineering teams to design features/tools/processes that align with internal and external customer needs.
  • Effectively communicate instrument status and performance on behalf of the Application Development team.
  • Shepherd stakeholders external to the Application Development team when collaboration is required.
  • Collaborate with engineering teams to design features/tools/processes that align with internal and external customer needs.
  • Act as a liaison between the Application Development team and other Volta teams requiring platform specific knowledge.

Your Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in a technical program such as engineering, chemistry, physics, or biology.
  • 0-2+ years of experience with hands-on experimentation of hardware/ instrumentation, preferably in life sciences
  • Experience with experimental plans for characterization, optimization, and root cause analysis of integrated electromechanical and microfluidic / nanofluidic systems
  • Strong experimental laboratory skills, demonstrated by work experience.
  • Ability to read, understand and synthesize biological and chemical protocol.
  • Experience scripting in python/Javascript for automation or data analysis purposes.
  • Excel at bringing structure to unstructured problems: proven ability to research information, solve challenging problems, and coordinate projects under tight timing constraints
  • Ability to collaborate in a fast-paced team environment with rapidly changing priorities: pro-active team player who thinks ahead, plans, and suggests solutions
  • You are a continuous learner who embraces a growth mindset
  • Excellent communication skills with the ability to synthesize technical information to be able to share internally across disciplines

Nice to Have

  • You have a successful track record working with cross-functional development teams.
  • Familiarity with NGS and its common applications
Our Benefits and Perks:
Robust Equity Program, to build future wealth through stock options with high growth potential
Comprehensive Healthcare Coverage, including Medical, Dental, & Vision
HSA, FSA, and Sponsored Commuter Benefit Plans
Access to Our 401K Plan, to save for your future
12 Weeks of Paid Parental Leave, which can be taken over 12 months
Unlimited Paid Time Off, because we understand the importance of time off for rest and adventure
10 Paid Federal Holidays
Twice Weekly On-site Lunches, variety snacks, beverages, & treats
Weekly Paid Coffee Date with Colleague
Monthly Team Happy Hours
We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status, and we actively seek out and value diverse perspectives. Women, people of color, people who are differently abled, and members of the LGBTQ+ community are encouraged to apply. Even if you don't check every box, but see yourself contributing, please apply. Help us build an inclusive community that will change the face of bio-automation!