Mechanical Engineering Intern

  • Berkeley Lights
  • Emeryville, CA, USA
  • Feb 24, 2020
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Berkeley Lights is enabling precise single cell selection and manipulation to empower cell line development, antibody discovery, and engineering and manufacturing of personalized cellular therapies. We are a late-stage start-up with dedicated individuals spanning the fields of Biology, Chemistry, Microfluidics, Genomics, Physics, Engineering, and Business. Our scientists develop unprecedented capabilities and revolutionize the biological sciences. Our engineers are unconstrained by traditional disciplines and apply engineering excellence to enable breakthrough scientific discoveries. Together we are a Team that disrupts the way biology is understood, measured, applied, and commercialized.
We are looking for a dynamic and energetic person to fill the role of Hardware Mechanical Intern. You will be working closely with other members of our talented hardware team to engineer robust solutions to our toughest problems, including focusing on a laser mount design project. You must be passionate about engineering, a quick learner, and love working at a dynamic startup company that will change the world! This intern will have the opportunity to help our team re-design the laser mount in our Beacon platform to make it even more effective for shipping worldwide.
  • Contribute to mechanical design for development efforts that span multiple components or subsystems
  • Create engineering documents, including engineering specifications, mechanical drawings, and engineering test reports
  • Interact with tools in a hands-on capacity to create test plans, execute protocols, document results, and propose next steps.
  • Troubleshoot complex capital equipment with multiple subsystems by digging into log files, creating on-the-spot analysis, and testing iteratively.
  • Collaborate with hardware, software, applications, and biology team to propose and implement robust solutions to complex problems.


  • Proficiency with SolidWorks or similar mechanical CAD software
  • Fundamental knowledge of basic programming skills: Python, C#, MATLAB, or similar
  • Excellent verbal, presentation, and written communication skills
  • Excellent critical thinking and troubleshooting skills
  • Ability to work in a team environment and complete deliverables on schedule

Desirable Skills

  • Experience designing components and subassemblies for a commercial product or senior design project
  • Rudimentary machining proficiency (mill, lathe, hand tools)
  • Experience with laboratory data acquisition and technical analysis
  • Fluency in mechanical drawing creation and interpretation
  • Experience in any of the following: Motion design and control, fluidic systems, optical system or opto-mechanical systems, thermal systems, stackup tolerance analysis
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Experience level of the applicant we want

College / Sixth form, High School