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Draper Microfluidics Engineer in Cambridge, Massachusetts

Draper is an independent, nonprofit research and development company headquartered in Cambridge, MA. The 1,800 employees of Draper tackle important national challenges with a promise of delivering successful and usable solutions. From military defense and space exploration to biomedical engineering, lives often depend on the solutions we provide. Our multidisciplinary teams of engineers and scientists work in a collaborative environment that inspires the cross-fertilization of ideas necessary for true innovation. For more information about Draper, visit

Our work is very important to us, but so is our life outside of work. Draper supports many programs to improve work-life balance including workplace flexibility, employee clubs ranging from photography to yoga, health and finance workshops, off site social events and discounts to local museums and cultural activities. If this specific job opportunity and the chance to work at a nationally renowned R&D innovation company appeals to you, apply now

Equal Employment Opportunity

Draper is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. We understand the value of diversity and its impact on a high-performance culture. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, or genetic information.

Draper is committed to providing access, equal opportunity and reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities in employment, its services, programs, and activities. To request reasonable accommodation, please contact

Draper is seeking a motivated laboratory researcher to contribute to the design and execution of biological and analytical studies to support R&D programs across a spectrum of government and commercial sponsors. We are developing novel technologies at the interface between biology, chemistry, and engineering, with a particular emphasis on leveraging our groundbreaking advances in microfluidic systems for applications ranging from diagnostics to biomolecular synthesis. This opportunity will emphasize skills and experience with microfluidic device design and testing, and will benefit from experience and working knowledge of biochemical, cellular, and molecular analysis techniques. The ideal candidate will be enthusiastic, observant, collaborative and dedicated. We offer an atmosphere that fosters innovation, individual contributions within a team environment, intellectual freedom and creativity, and an emphasis on career development.

Core Responsibilities:

  • Plan and conduct experiments in collaboration with biology staff

  • Design and fabricate novel microfluidic devices

  • Summarize data, interpret results, and format data for reporting via presentation or publication

  • Support lab organization and maintenance, such as sourcing and preparation of reagents and materials, and calibration/maintenance of instrumentation

  • Troubleshoot experimental issues


  • Minimum BA/BS degree with relevant work experience in Biomedical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or related disciplines

  • Experience working with microfluidic devices and supporting hardware

  • Working knowledge of fluid dynamics, thermal transport, and electric circuit theory

  • Experience in any of the following is desirable: laboratory automation (e.g., Labview, Arduino, Python), electrical measurements, computational modeling (e.g., COMSOL), 3D CAD (e.g., Solidworks), microscopy, machining processes (e.g., laser machining, milling, and lamination), microfabrication processes (e.g., metal deposition), and statistical analysis

  • Excellent leadership, communication, and interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate with engineers, management, and other stakeholders across all relevant disciplines are required

  • Flexibility to multi-task and adapt to changing priorities and technologies

Applicants selected for this position will be required to obtain and maintain a U.S. Security Clearance. Existing clearance strongly preferred.

ID: 2021-5303

External Company Name: The Charles Stark Draper Laboratory Inc