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Senior Research Engineer



San Francisco, CA, USA
Posted on Tuesday, June 4, 2024

Company Description

Headquartered in San Francisco, CA, Cytovale is a dynamic, late-stage startup focused on

developing a faster, more insightful way to diagnose fast-moving and immune-mediated diseases.

Cytovale’s IntelliSep test is pioneering a new way of quickly and accurately analyzing white blood

cells to stratify a patient’s risk of sepsis. The test simply and clearly determines risk of sepsis using a

biomechanical evaluation of white blood cells collected from a standard blood draw, generating

results in under 10 minutes. This gives physicians actionable information when they need it most,

allowing them to confidently triage suspected sepsis patients quickly and spend more time with

those in greatest need. It also helps strained health systems prevent unnecessary treatment,

preserve valuable resources, and improve compliance with SEP-1 guidelines.

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We are hiring a Senior Research Engineer

Role Overview:

As a Senior Research Engineer in the Innovation & Development Group, you will play a pivotal role

in the innovation and creation of next generation devices. This position requires a highly skilled

individual who combines a deep knowledge of engineering principles with practical experience in a

wet and dry lab setting.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Creativity in problem-solving and the ability to think outside the box to overcome technical hurdles.
  • Innovation and Development: Lead and conduct experimental research to develop new products or improve existing technologies. Utilize your expertise in various engineering disciplines to troubleshoot, test, and optimize designs.
  • Prototyping and Testing: Design and fabricate prototypes using a variety of materials and methods including 3D printing and CNC machining. Conduct rigorous testing and validation of prototypes in lab settings to ensure they meet all necessary requirements.
  • Data Analysis and Documentation: Analyze test data to draw meaningful conclusions and inform further development. Maintain detailed documentation throughout the research and development process to comply with industry standards and regulatory requirements.
  • Cross-Functional Collaboration: Work closely with other engineers, scientists, and clinical experts within the company to integrate new technologies and insights into product designs. Provide technical guidance and mentorship to junior staff and team members.
  • Continuous Improvement: Propose and explore new ideas and technologies that can
  • potentially enhance product performance and patient safety.
  • Project Management: Manage individual project timelines and resources effectively. Ensure projects are completed on time, within budget, and meet all technical requirements.
  • Ensure clear, concise, and impactful communication both within the team and with external stakeholders to facilitate seamless operations, informed decision-making, and strong collaborative relationships.

Required Skills & Qualifications:

  • Advanced degree (Master’s or PhD) in Biomedical engineering or related field.
  • At least 2 years of experience in industry, preferably in medical devices or related industries.
  • Extensive experience in wet/dry lab environments and comfortable being hands on and
  • figure it out
  • Strong foundation in engineering principles across multiple disciplines including mechanical engineering.
  • Experience with scripting programming languages like Python for automation of experiments and data analysis. (There will be a Python Pandas based data manipulation proficiency test)
  • Proficiency in CAD software for designing and prototyping. (There will be a CAD proficiency
  • test)
  • Excellent analytical, problem-solving, and organizational skills. (There will be a DOE
  • proficiency test)
  • Ability to work independently as an individual contributor as well as part of a dynamic team.


  • This position will be based in South San Francisco, CA.
  • Ability to work in the United States.
  • Role is 100% onsite to carry out role functions.

Additional Details

  • The compensation plan includes a generous base salary, a yearly cash bonus based on
  • corporate and individual goal attainment, and an equity stake in the organization.
  • Cytovale has a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy.

Who you are

  • Excellent communicator, detail-oriented, and an avid GDP/GLP laboratory practitioner
  • Fast-learner with a “can-do” attitude and an ability to work independently.
  • Desire to work in a high velocity startup where collaboration is prized.