Mechanical Engineer

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LifeFoundry is a startup in the University of Illinois Research Park that uses fully automated synthetic biology to engineer organisms for production of value-added chemicals. Using robotic and advanced algorithms we hope to take biotechnology R&D to a whole new level.

We are looking for an intern/co-op or full-time hardware engineer with mechatronics and mechanical design experience to join us in the effort of revolutionize biotechnology research. You will work closely with the experienced engineers on development of robotics-based high-throughput biomanufacturing platform as a cutting-edge system for automating biotechnology research.

The robotic research platform we are building with you will help increase the biotechnology R&D throughput by orders of magnitude, eliminate human error, and perform multiple research projects for new markets! We would love to have you on board for this exciting journey!


  • Design, implementation, and testing of robotic systems and smart devices.
  • Working with electrical and computer engineers to develop mechatronics control system.
  • Prototyping parts for automation platform by 3D printing or CNC machining.


  • The full-time hardware engineer should have a BS degree and above in electrical, mechanical, industrial, general engineering, or related fields.
  • The intern position is open to students in the above majors with senior standing or above.
  • At least one year of related experience
  • Proficient in CAD design, circuits, microcontroller, motors, machine design, 3D printing
  • Excited to join a fast-paced interdisciplinary team working on a variety of challenging projects
  • Self-motivated and able to work under minimal supervision
  • Able to solve problems with methodical and critical thinking

We’d love to hear from you! Please fill out the application form and send your resume to and we will contact you to learn more about you and how can your skills match our needs. For more, please visit

At LifeFoundry, we embrace diversity and are committed to attract qualified candidates with all backgrounds.