Microfluidics Junior Production Engineer

Microfluidics Junior Production Engineer

locationUnited States
PublishedPublished: 4/8/2024
Full Time


Microfluidics Junior Production Engineer

Harvard Medical School


Position Description

Harvard University is launching a nation-wide initiative around platforms for microfluidics and optical engineering. The DARTS project is a large, high-profile, multi-institutional project that focuses on developing microfluidics and microscopy tools to capture microbes from clinical samples and identify the antibiotics to which they are sensitive. This position will receive training in microfluidics and production engineering in order to help develop microfluidic devices for specific purposes. Working in a small team of microfluidics engineers, this position will help create variations on existing device designs, supplying them to collaborators for testing. He/she will participate in troubleshooting and optimizing designs for capturing specific pathogens. A key aspect of the design is the ability to capture pathogens from various types of clinical samples. Feedback on the performance of the device from collaborators will be used to improve devices. This position will then be responsible for producing selected devices at scale to supply to the >20 academic and industry partners collaborating on this project. Direct interaction with clinical samples or live pathogens is not required for this position.

Regular responsibilities include:

  • Assisting with design, testing and troubleshooting of microfluidic chips;
  • Developing production capabilities for large-scale production of selected chips;
  • Producing selected chip designs to a high standard as needed for supply to academic and industry partners;
  • Developing expertise in microfluidic device design and production.

Basic Qualifications

  • 4+ years of related experience required; a combination of education and experience may be considered.

Additional Qualifications and Skills

  • Bachelor's degree in engineering or a related field, or equivalent work experience.
  • Attention to detail.

Additional Information

This is a term position with an end date of September 26, 2026, with the possibility of extension, contingent upon work performance and continued funding to support the position. 

The person in the position will receive training from their supervisor in the specifics of what needs to be done. We are therefore not looking for highly specific experience, instead we're looking for someone with an engineering mindset who likes to tinker to get things right.

The health of our workforce is a priority for Harvard University. With that in mind, we strongly encourage all employees to be up-to-date on CDC-recommended vaccines.

Please note that we are currently conducting a majority of interviews and onboarding remotely and virtually. We appreciate your understanding.

The Harvard Medical School is not able to provide visa sponsorship for this position.

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Work Format Details

This position is based primarily on-campus, in Massachusetts. This may include in-person during emergency situations (if applicable). Additional details will be discussed during the interview process. Certain visa types may limit work location. Individuals must meet work location sponsorship requirements prior to employment.


We invite you to visit Harvard's Total Rewards website (https://hr.harvard.edu/totalrewards) to learn more about our outstanding benefits package, which may include:

  • Paid Time Off: 3-4 weeks of accrued vacation time per year (3 weeks for support staff and 4 weeks for administrative/professional staff), 12 accrued sick days per year, 12.5 holidays plus a Winter Recess in December/January, 3 personal days per year (prorated based on date of hire), and up to 12 weeks of paid leave for new parents who are primary care givers.
  • Health and Welfare: Comprehensive medical, dental, and vision benefits, disability and life insurance programs, along with voluntary benefits. Most coverage begins as of your start date.
  • Work/Life and Wellness: Child and elder/adult care resources including on campus childcare centers, Employee Assistance Program, and wellness programs related to stress management, nutrition, meditation, and more.
  • Retirement: University-funded retirement plan with contributions from 5% to 15% of eligible compensation, based on age and earnings with full vesting after 3 years of service.
  • Tuition Assistance Program: Competitive program including $40 per class at the Harvard Extension School and reduced tuition through other participating Harvard graduate schools.
  • Tuition Reimbursement: Program that provides 75% to 90% reimbursement up to $5,250 per calendar year for eligible courses taken at other accredited institutions.
  • Professional Development: Programs and classes at little or no cost, including through the Harvard Center for Workplace Development and LinkedIn Learning.
  • Commuting and Transportation: Various commuter options handled through the Parking Office, including discounted parking, half-priced public transportation passes and pre-tax transit passes, biking benefits, and more.
  • Harvard Facilities Access, Discounts and Perks: Access to Harvard athletic and fitness facilities, libraries, campus events, credit union, and more, as well as discounts to various types of services (legal, financial, etc.) and cultural and leisure activities throughout metro-Boston.

Job Function


Department Office Location

USA - MA - Boston

Job Code

403125 Research Assistant IV (Lab)

Work Format




Salary Grade



Systems Biology


55 - Hvd Union Cler & Tech Workers

Time Status


Pre-Employment Screening



35 hrs. per week | Monday - Friday | 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Commitment to Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging

We are committed to cultivating an inclusive workplace culture of faculty, staff, and students with diverse backgrounds, styles, abilities, and motivations. We appreciate and leverage the capabilities, insights, and ideas of all individuals. Harvard Medical School Mission and Community Values


EEO Statement

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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