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Prototype Lab Manager/Senior Machinist



Alameda, CA, USA
Posted on Thursday, July 4, 2024

Science is developing technologies for a range of serious unmet medical needs. We are unafraid to take difficult technical risks, secure in the knowledge that with a clear understanding of what we are doing and with support from powerful modern tools, more progress is possible than might be immediately obvious. Regardless of role or team, the two most important factors we look for in a candidate are evidence of exceptional ability and the addition of positive energy to the group. As a small, early stage team in a largely unstructured environment, the ability to independently orient yourself to the problems that need to be solved and then follow through is essential.

We are seeking a Prototype Lab Manager/Senior Machinist who will be responsible for our rapid prototyping space and support machining internal jobs for different teams and projects. Your primary focus will be maintaining the rapid prototyping area, which includes several 3D printers, a laser cutter, CNC machines, and manual machines. This role would also require managing a budget structure to recharge costs to company projects, maintaining an inventory, and managing your time. The secondary focus for this role will be to execute internal 3D printing and machining jobs as needed, such as setting up and running 3D prints or machining polymer or metal parts. The shop is a shared space, accommodating both jobs run directly by engineers and those managed by you.

Role responsibilities:

  • Troubleshooting, maintaining, and qualifying tools
  • Maintaining a budgeting system for the shop
  • Building and maintaining shop inventory
  • Organizing the shop and training team members
  • Executing 3D prints as time allows
  • Machining parts as time allows

Key qualifications:

  • 6+ years hands-on experience in rapid prototyping
  • 3+ years experience in machining
  • Experience in various modalities of 3D printing beyond FFF
  • Experience in CNC machining
  • Experience in manual machining
  • Experience in laser cutting
  • Proficiency in using spreadsheets
  • Drive to continuously improve processes
  • High school graduate or equivalent

Preferred qualifications:

  • Experience managing a lab or shop
  • Experience with budgeting, quoting jobs, and estimating costs
  • Familiarity with safety and facilities compliance
  • Experience in repairing and qualifying tools
  • Ability to reassemble items after disassembly
  • BS in Mechanical Engineering, machinist certifications, or equivalent experience

Salary/Pay Range:

Science is required under California law to include a reasonable estimate of the compensation range for this role. We determine your level based on your interview performance and make an offer based on the indicated salary band. The base salary range for this full-time position is $85,000 - $115,000 annually + equity + benefits. Within the range, individual pay is determined by several factors, including job-related skills, experience, and relevant education or training. Please keep in mind that the equity portion of the offer is not included in these numbers.


At Science, our benefits are in place to support the whole you:

  • Competitive salary and equity
  • Medical, dental, vision and life insurance
  • Flexible vacation and company-paid holidays
  • Healthy meals and snacks provided in office
  • Paid parental, jury duty, bereavement, family care and medical leave
  • Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account, subsidized by Science
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • 401(k)

Science Corporation is an equal opportunity employer. We strive to create a supportive and inclusive workplace where contributions are valued and celebrated, and our employees thrive by being themselves and are inspired to do their best work.

We seek applicants of all backgrounds and identities, across race, color, ethnicity, national origin or ancestry, citizenship, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status, marital status, pregnancy or parental status, or disability. Applicants will not be discriminated against based on these or other protected categories or social identities. Science will also consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with applicable federal, state and local law.