Research Associate - Biotech Mechatronics Engineer

Luna Labs

The Biotech Group at Luna Labs is seeking an Engineering Associate with hands-on mechatronics experience that is eager to apply their background to a diverse set of biomedical applications. The candidate must be able to complete development of test and interface packages, early user interfaces, sensor/actuator integration, and data post processing for varied mechatronics and sensor systems. Candidates should be able to independently perform sensor and interface prototyping tasks while collaborating with a team for a variety of currently funded biotech programs in the medical device, wearable sensor, human interfacing/performance, and diagnostic device fields.


Key Responsibilities

  • Assists in development and transition of mechatronic systems from development to product.
  • Supports early product development through relevant literative reviews and designing/producing prototype sensor and test and interface systems.
  • Assists in concept development and leads device prototyping efforts including identification and selection of relevant hardware and integrating into working prototypes.
  • Carries out experiments and/or validation testing for prototype devices for a range of established and growing biophysics and diagnostic programs.
  • Analyzes experimental or simulation results and summarizes data in written reports independently.
  • Utilizes and improves on current technology developed at Luna Labs to accomplish tasks on projects and to solve complex technical problems.
  • Contributes to the origination of development projects.

Experience and Qualifications

Required experience includes: Data acquisition, processing, and analytics, Microcontroller programming, Sensor and actuator evaluation and integration, Python, MATLAB, or similar coding.

Preferred experience includes: Principles of biomechanics, Biological device test development, performance, and review, Prototype user interface design, Basic machine learning techniques, Labview.

Experience in biology/physiologic applications is desirable and an ability to effectively communicate (technical writing skills) with engineers of all backgrounds (mechanical, electrical, biomedical, and chemical) is required for this collaborative position. The successful candidate will work on multiple fast-paced, proof-of-concept programs simultaneously with reporting to multiple program managers.

A passion for learning and applying state-of-the-art science/engineering to develop products with clinical needs is required.

Education: Bachelor’s Degree in Biomedical engineering, Electrical Engineering, or related field with relevant experience, or a Master’s Degree in Biomedical Engineering or Electrical Engineering (BS with 2+ years or MS)


  • Devices & Instrumentation
  • Health Tech & Software

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Charlottesville, VA
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