R&D Engineer, Inkjet Systems

Boston, MA
Full Time
CATALOG, a Boston-based pioneering startup, is making significant strides in the field of data storage and computation by harnessing the power of DNA. DNA, known for its millennia-long stability, unrivaled information density, and cost-effective replicability, offers revolutionary potential for latency-tolerant high-density data storage and massively parallel computation. We are seeking a skilled and innovative R&D Engineer with deep technical expertise leveraging inkjet dispensing technology to build innovative printing presses. In this vital role, you'll contribute to the development of CATALOG’s ground-breaking DNA-based data storage and computation platform. You will collaborate with our dedicated team of engineers, computer scientists, and biologists, developing a novel DNA-based Data Storage Writer.

In this role, you will:
  • Leverage expert knowledge of inkjet technology to develop and optimize inkjet dispensing systems for the precise deposition of biological inks
  • Lead the planning, execution, and evaluation of experiments and prototypes to validate new concepts, assess performance improvements, and drive continuous innovation.
  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams to identify and address technical challenges, lead root cause investigations with existing inkjet systems, and implement preventative actions
  • Stay abreast of the latest advancements in biofabrication techniques and biotechnological applications, and incorporate relevant findings into the development process
  • Provide technical expertise and guidance to internal teams, external partners, and stakeholders on inkjet technology
  • Participate in the planning and executing CATALOG’s commercialization strategy for building and releasing the first DNA-based Storage platform
We are looking for someone driven by:
  • A desire to learn and grow as an engineer, showcasing a commitment to personal and professional development.
  • The thrill of building groundbreaking technology, indicating a passion for innovation and advancement.
  • Curiosity and a desire to turn novel ideas into a reality, demonstrating your creative thinking and problem-solving skills.
You will also need to be able to:
  • Thrive in a changing but supportive environment, showing adaptability and resilience.
  • Work collaboratively in small, cross-disciplinary teams, demonstrating strong teamwork and interpersonal skills.
  • Plan and execute independently, indicating your initiative and ability to work without constant supervision.
We are looking for someone with:
  • Degree in Mechanical Engineering, Electrical, Materials Science, or a related field with a focus on inkjet technology, biofabrication, or biotechnology (Masters or PhD strongly preferred)
  • Proven track record with 3+ years of hands-on experience with inkjet technology, preferably in the context of dispensing biological materials
  • Expertise in inkjet printhead operation, fluid dynamics, droplet formation, surface tension effects, and related phenomena, with the ability to apply this knowledge to optimize inkjet dispensing systems.

At CATALOG, we challenge you to think critically, work creatively, and conquer uncharted problems in a groundbreaking field. We believe in building an inclusive team with different points of view. We support and celebrate diversity in our workforce. We offer competitive compensation packages, including medical, dental, and vision insurance, 401(k) with company matching, and generous PTO. 
Note: Even if you don’t meet all of the requirements listed, we encourage you to apply. Think of it more as looking for most of the items listed, not all.   
Please note, visa sponsorship is not available for this position. 


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