Prototype Technician - Molding and Fabrication

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Prototype Technician - Molding and Fabrication

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4 FDA approved drugs; 15+ clinical candidates; 400+ patents; 21 years of GNF history!

Delivering solutions where none exist! As a member of the engineering team, the role of the Prototype Associate I is to fabricate, mold, and assemble custom labware and microfluidic chips for drug discovery, enabling scientists to bring new medicines to patients in need, ASAP! GNF is undertaking innovative and challenging drug discovery efforts and we need your help to produce novel lab consumables that enable this amazing science. The GNF engineering team is an essential contributor and partner to the science, fabricating and producing solutions where none exist. Our scientists recognize the impact custom molded labware can have on research programs and are eager for you to put your stamp on it!

Your responsibilities:

 Fabricate and produce custom, proprietary labware and microfluidic chips on a daily basis using silicones, resins, adhesives, glass, and plastics using “by hand” and small batch manufacturing techniques.
 Perform replica molding of silicone resins from hard and soft tooling. Learn and execute wafer-based photolithography and hole-punching for microfluidic chips in a clean room environment.
 Maintain an inventory of raw materials and order supplies for projects. Seek and trial new materials/resins/blends that expand our abilities.
 Implement safe and clean workspaces and practices proactively. Maintain specialized PPE supplies, tools, capital equipment, and consumables on behalf of the team.
 Keep detailed records of production by electronically recording materials used, QC data, and microscope inspection photos. Use and access version-controlled engineering specification documents and CAD drawings.

What you will bring to the role:

 Hands-on fabrication experience, from quick first prototypes thru repeatable batch manufacturing, with attention to fine detail. Experience with fabrication processes such as: resin casting, spray coating, airbrushing, vacuum forming, injection molding, lithography, glass and metal etching, sputtering, wafer processing, polishing, UV polymer curing, machining, metrology, and inspection microscopes.
 Experience with a wide range of materials such as silicones, rubbers, urethanes, polyesters, adhesives, epoxies, coatings, glasses, metals, solvents, acids, and etchants
 Ability to absorb training from others and conduct molding trials at the direction of engineers.
 Creativity, curiosity, and flexibility to engage with technical challenges and find better ways.
 Collaborative spirit to engage productively with engineers, scientists, machinists, CAD designers, and managers.

Desirable requirements:

 Experience with injection molding, mold design, CAD, and 3D printing.
 Experience with clean room processing, microfluidics, pneumatics, electronics, and mechanical assembly.

Why consider Novartis?

927 million. That’s how many lives our products touched in 2017. And while we’re proud of that fact, in this world of digital and technological transformation, we must also ask ourselves this: how can we continue to improve and extend even more people’s lives?

We believe the answers are found when curious, courageous and collaborative people like you are brought together in an inspiring environment. Where you’re given opportunities to explore the power of digital and data. Where you’re empowered to risk failure by taking smart risks, and where you’re surrounded by people who share your determination to tackle the world’s toughest medical challenges.

Join us and help us reimagine medicine.

The Novartis Group of Companies are Equal Opportunity Employers and take pride in maintaining a diverse environment. We do not discriminate in recruitment, hiring, training, promotion or any other employment practices for reasons of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, sexual orientation, marital or veteran status, disability, or any other legally protected status.



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San Diego, CA

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Novartis Inst for Fun Gen inc

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Technical Operations

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Full Time

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Shift Work