Volta Labs, Inc.

Biological automation as agile and scalable as digital electronics.

Senior Electrical Engineer at Volta Labs, Inc.

Cambridge, MA
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Udayan Umapathi
Udayan Umapathi

About the role

Volta Labs is looking for an electrical engineer who is exceptional at the design, bring-up, and validation of modular and scalable mixed-signal circuitry. 


Volta Labs, Inc. (https://www.voltalabs.com/) is an MIT spin-off company that makes programmable fluidic chips for biological automation. We are a transdisciplinary team combining engineering, computer science, chemistry and molecular biology to enable the next generation of automation for genomics and genetic engineering. 


We are in the process of gathering people with an interdisciplinary mindset to form the foundations of what will become the company over the next few years. You will come on board as an early member of the team and grow with our organization. We are building a complex software-hardware-biology system where systems-thinking and the ability to evaluate a problem from multiple perspectives is a must. 


You’ll join a team where everyone—including you—is not afraid to go into unexplored territories across many fields to develop our automation system. We are an incredibly supportive team–we love to pitch in when problems arise and give great peer feedback to help each other grow. We are passionate about lots of things–automation, computation, genetic engineering, DNA sequencing, robotics, fabrication, industrial design, great user experience for customers–and we love sharing those passions with each other. You'll be a key driver of these values in our Cambridge office and play a big role in helping grow the team.

Job Responsibilities

  • Own the design and development of the electronics hardware and firmware for our next generation instruments. 
  • Lead projects to design, bring-up, program, test, debug, document and implement reliable electronics hardware.
  • Work across disciplines to rapidly design, test, and debug holistic system-level solutions for a complex hardware-software-biology instrument. 
  • Develop and maintain systems documentation.

Your Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering or related engineering or physics degree.
  • 5+ years of engineering experience
  • Highly proficient in conceptualizing, designing, and analyzing mixed-signal circuitry assemblies in CAD (Altium) and in building in-house prototypes rapidly.
  • Extensive experience writing bare-metal (C/C++) firmware for embedded microcontrollers (ARM, STM32), ideally in a production environment.
  • Excellent fundamental engineering knowledge and have examples of applied engineering success through work, projects, or academic endeavors.
  • Ability to collaborate in a fast-paced team environment with rapidly changing priorities: pro-active team player who thinks ahead, plans, and suggests solutions.
  • You are a continuous learner who embraces a growth mindset.
  • Strong leadership and communication skills with the ability to synthesize technical information and present it to specialists and non-specialists.

Nice to Have

  • Experience integrating single-board computers into from-scratch PCB designs. 
  • Particularly skilled in and excited about designing robust and reliable high voltage systems (~300V).
  • Experience transitioning complex electromechanical products from early concept into production (especially including compliance and certification processes).
  • Familiarity with E&M physics including understanding/modeling/measuring electric and magnetic fields.
  • You have a successful track record working with cross-functional development teams.

Volta Labs offers both competitive cash and equity compensation, as well as health, dental, vision, and unlimited paid time off.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. 

Even if you don't check every box, but see yourself contributing, please apply. Help us build an inclusive community that will change the face of bio-automation!

Why you should join Volta Labs, Inc.

Volta Labs is a venture-backed startup spun off from the MIT Media Lab by co-founders Udayan Umapathi and Will Langford. We were incubated at the MIT Engine and are supported by top VC firms.

Volta’s vision is to make biological automation as agile, scalable and reliable as digital electronics. To realize this vision we are building a platform technology by engineering the full-stack -- hardware, software, chemistry, and biology.