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Rapid Micro Biosystems Director, R&D Engineering in Lowell, Massachusetts

Winning the race to bring new healthcare products safely to a waiting world drives Rapid Micro Biosystems (RMB) to combine today’s innovative technologies as never before. Your career at RMB puts you at the center of diverse global teams that span robotics, AI, Machine Learning, imaging, microbiology, and more, re-shaping how urgently needed pharmaceuticals are made, tested, and released for decades to come. The sky’s the limit.

Careers at RMB are fast-moving, with the high growth you’d expect from a world leader in microbiology automation. Advancement at RMB affords an opportunity to achieve your personal goals and develop your passions, in an inclusive environment where every employee has the resources and opportunities to hone their skills. You’ll do more, learn more, and have the ability to make a profound impact on our business.

This role will be responsible for the engineering design and development of all Components, Systems, and Reliability/Test platforms for all major programs. The ideal candidate will anticipate the need for multiple product development efforts; may assign resources to translate customer needs to technical requirements, evaluate potential technological solutions, and/or coordinate concept studies as well as feasibility work so that product benefits/quality are maximized while costs and schedule risk are minimized.


  • Plan, organize, and direct research and development activities such as DFM and DFA studies of mechanical parts and/or assemblies, prototyping, process and test development, V&V of in-line build and test fixtures, material selection, safety testing, and the transfer to manufacturing.

  • Identify, lead, and manage technical design reviews, technical studies, data analysis and documentation with the R&D team members.

  • Build and manage the 3–5-year strategic engineering technology roadmap.

  • Manage Engineering Labs for Modeling, Design V&V, Reliability, Machining, Component Testing.

  • Coordinate with internal and external customers and suppliers to ensure timely delivery of services, prototypes and/or products within the agreed schedule and cost target.

  • Ensure quality completion of necessary technical documentation to support transfer to production (e.g., drawings, BOMs, assembly/installation instructions, and engineering reports)

  • In partnership with Sustaining Engineering, lead and provide direction on failure analyses and mitigation activities, utilizing industry best practices such as Six Sigma, Lean, and CAPA.

  • Demonstrate focus on staff development, ethics and motivation through appropriate assignment of opportunities and training activities to support the achievement of both professional development goals and business goals.

  • Lead and/or prepare estimations of project schedule, development headcounts and budget/cost. Manage and ensure successful project execution by keeping to committed schedule and cost.

  • Manage ongoing project costing and resource planning as required, for timely delivery of deliverables and objectives.

  • Maintain a high level of communication with cross-functional teams, customers, and suppliers.


  • Bachelor's degree in engineering; mechanical or electromechanical is preferred and a minimum of 10 years of experience in the Electronic or Medical Device Systems industry OR a master's degree in engineering with 8 years of relevant experience.

  • Experience managing engineering teams, vendors, and cross-functional relationships.

  • Strong machine design experience that has incorporated machine elements, mechanical drive systems, pneumatic actuators, sensors, multi-axis controllers, and design for cost and manufacturability.

  • Strong leadership qualities and initiative, with a hands-on approach. High emotional intelligence.

  • Good planning and project management skills

  • Familiarity with CAD tools like Pro Engineer and SolidWorks.

  • Displays broad perspective and effective judgment demonstrates well-reasoned problem solving and decision-making. Ability to be bold and decisive to drive action.

  • Builds a shared vision; inspires others to action; sets clear direction; establishes plans consistent with that direction.


    Rapid Micro Biosystems creates, sells, validates, and services innovative products for fast, accurate, and efficient detection of microbial contamination in the manufacture of pharmaceuticals, biologics, biotechnology products, medical devices, and personal care products.

    The company’s Growth Direct™—the first and only growth-based system to automate rapid compendial QC Micro testing—ensures data integrity, compliance, and operational efficiencies driven by rapid methods and automation.

    Rapid Micro Biosystems is dedicated to providing groundbreaking technology and products to support companies in their journey to achieve greater reliability, efficiency, and better predictability, ultimately providing higher quality products for improved patient outcomes.

    Rapid Micro Biosystems is headquartered in Lowell, Massachusetts, with operations in Lowell and Freising, Germany.

    Equal Opportunity:

    Rapid Micro Biosystems is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity. Applicants for employment and employees are reviewed on their individual qualifications for a position. Under no circumstances will Rapid Micro Biosystems discriminate against qualified persons on the basis of race, color, religious creed, retaliation, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, mental illness, genetics, choice of health insurance, marital status, age, veteran status, or any other basis prohibited under applicable law.

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