Electrical/Instrumentation Engineer

Redwood City, California, United States Full-time

Synthego is looking for an Electrical and Instrumentation Engineer to join our team and help create the world’s first fully automated, cloud-enabled, molecular biology lab.

This position will own numerous projects, help build the tools and systems to enable industrial-scale molecular biology research, and bring automation to genome engineering.

The focus of this role is on PCB design, prototyping & debugging mechatronic systems, and writing instrument level code in Python.



  • PCB design (schematics and layout) + PCB assembly
  • Writing Python code to conduct functional tests & proof of concepts with first articles and prototypes
  • In-depth knowledge of best practices with regard to PCB design
  • Lead electronic systems design and architecture
  • Contribute to improvements in electronic system design processes
  • Debugging/modifying electronic components, circuits, and existing instrument level code
  • Being the primary point of contact / educator / source of expertise for all things considered Electrical Engineering
  • Specifying scalable electric architecture for Synthego’s industrial automation needs
  • Generating electrical wiring diagrams for automated instrumentation



  • 2+ years of experience in PCB design
  • 2+ years of experience with programming experience (preferably Python)
  • BS/MS in Mechatronics or EE and related work experience
  • Fluent with git version control, hierarchical design, and object-oriented programming
  • Fluent with linux command line tools
  • Familiarity with circuit design with filters, operational amplifiers, integrated circuits, transistors, and digital to analog converters
  • Familiarity with communication protocol implementation (like CAN, USB, SPI, I2C, Ethernet, RS232)
  • Familiarity with analog, digital, or mixed-signal design fundamentals
  • Familiarity with cable harness design, characterization, and calibration of sensors
  • Soldering skills / rapid iteration prototyping & breadboarding
  • You have had a very high level of ownership in the projects you worked on
  • You have a knack for cross-disciplinary problem-solving
  • You are a fast-paced self-starter who contributes innovative ideas
  • You love to work in a fast-paced, innovative and collaborative environment
  • You have good communication skills


Bonus Qualifications

  • You have an extensive portfolio of projects to show us
  • Mechanical Design Skills (SolidWorks)
  • Comfortable writing embedded microcontroller firmware and FPGA “glue-logic”


Company Perks & Benefits

  • Competitive salary
  • Generous equity at an early stage company
  • Robust medical, dental and vision benefits
  • 401k Plan
  • Fully stocked kitchen and snacks
  • Free catered lunches and dinners 


Synthego is turning molecular biology into an information science. We're building hardware facilities that abstract biological syntheses and research into software.

Our vision is to bring automation to genome engineering, enabling scientists to run their own fully-automated laboratory at low cost, performing millions of controlled, repeatable experiments per day without human error.

Founded by former SpaceX engineers, Synthego is a leading provider of genome engineering solutions.  The company’s flagship product, CRISPRevolution, is a portfolio of synthetic RNA designed for CRISPR genome editing and research.

We are venture backed by Founders Fund, Menlo Ventures, 8VC, and WI Harper.


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