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Senior Microfluidics Engineer

Overture Life

Overture Life

Madrid, Spain
Posted on Wednesday, January 24, 2024

About Overture Life

Today, fertility clinics help people make babies. But one of the bottlenecks of fertility is the embryology lab. It is an extremely laborious manual process, as embryos are made by hand. At Overture we are automating the embryology lab in order to make IVF more available, affordable and reliable. Overture is a global start up with offices in US, UK and Spain which aims to revolutionize embryology.

As a company, we want to democratize access to fertility treatment benefits and give everyone the opportunity to bring home healthy babies. Our close-knit team cultivates an environment of creativity, innovation, rapid iteration and collaboration with both scientific, engineering and operations teams. The environment is dynamic, fast-paced and requires a self-starter attitude.

Job brief

We are seeking a highly skilled and motivated Microfluidic Engineer to join our team. The ideal candidate will have a background in mechanical engineering or bioengineering, with a strong focus on microfluidic systems. The Microfluidic Engineer will play a key role in the design, development, and optimization of microfluidic devices and related products. Previous experience in a research/academic lab or a company specializing in microfluidics-based products is highly desired.


  • Design and develop microfluidic devices and systems for automating IVF lab processes.
  • Conduct feasibility studies and evaluate the performance of microfluidic prototypes through simulation, modeling, and experimentation.
  • Collaborate with interdisciplinary teams to understand project requirements and translate them into microfluidic device specifications.
  • Perform characterization and validation tests to assess the performance, reliability, and robustness of microfluidic systems.
  • Optimize microfluidic designs for enhanced functionality, manufacturability, and cost-effectiveness.
  • Stay up to date with the latest advancements in microfluidic technologies and contribute innovative ideas to improve existing products and processes.
  • Provide technical support to cross-functional teams during the transfer of microfluidic designs to production.
  • Collaborate with external partners and vendors to source components, materials, and technologies for microfluidic development projects.
  • Maintain accurate documentation of design iterations, experimental results, and project progress.


  • Bachelor's or Master's degree in mechanical engineering, bioengineering, or a related field. A Ph.D. is a plus.
  • Previous experience in microfluidic design, development, and optimization is required.
  • Hands-on experience with microfluidics lab set-up including biological samples.
  • Proficiency in CAD software (e.g., SolidWorks, AutoCAD) for designing microfluidic devices and systems.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills, with the ability to troubleshoot and debug microfluidic systems effectively.
  • Experience with computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulation tools is a plus.
  • Familiarity with microfluidic characterization techniques, such as pressure / flow measurements.
  • Knowledge of microfluidic materials, including polymers, glass, and silicon.
  • Familiarity with microfluidic manufacturing techniques (prototyping and industrialization) is a plus.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, with the ability to effectively communicate complex concepts and ideas.
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively in a fast-paced and dynamic team environment.
  • Familiarity with regulatory requirements and standards related to microfluidic products is advantageous.