Automation / Design Engineer

Make robots for laboratory automation: Have an idea; Do some design; Use some 3D printers; Do some laser cutting; Make some prototypes; Design it for manufacture; Test it; Take product to market; Celebrate! Next idea.


Have an idea. Do some design. Make some prototypes. Design it for manufacture. Test it. Take product to market. Celebrate! Next idea.


This is an incredibly varied, project-based engineering role, taking products from concept to market. You will design your ideas on SolidWorks. You will prototype your ideas yourself, using 3D printers and laser cutters. For machined components you will have an in-house team of CNC Engineers at your disposal. You will work closely with suppliers of motors, drivers and controllers to get things powered. You will get your hands ‘dirty’ (clean-room assembly facilities) and assemble your prototypes yourself. You will use our in-house team of software engineers to get things moving (bonus: unless you can program firmware yourself). You’ll work with our Science team to get your invention tested. You’ll design for manufacture and supply technical drawings. You’ll hand the project over to Operations and Marketing to take the product to market. We’ll all have a party to celebrate the launch of another successful product. Then we’ll start again.


You will do this as a member of the Technical Team, whose tagline is:

“Use all the brains you have, and all that you can borrow”

Through regular project review meetings you will get inspiration and input from other engineers. Conversely, you will add conceptual value and know-how to concurrent projects managed by others.


The work you do will help scientists in laboratories in over 50 countries accelerate their research efforts on global challenges such as cures for cancer and solutions for renewable energies.


An engineering background
Experience with automation integration and design
Experience in driving new product development to completion
Excellent people and project management skills
Expert use of Solidworks or similar CAD systems
Strong interest in technology, innovation and robotics


‘Agile’ project management experience
FESTO automation solutions
Understanding of project management KPI implementation
A firm grasp of financials and ROI calculations
Experience with fast-cycle product development feedback loops
High level of understanding of ergonomics and product usability
A passion for disruptive technologies


Less important than experience and attitude, but formal Engineering qualification(s) would be a bonus.


Singer Instruments is a small but rapidly growing UK-based company that develop and provide hardware and software solutions for laboratory automation. We supply public and private research institutions worldwide, in multiple facets of biological sciences including Genetics, Neuroscience, Systems Biology, Cancer Biology, Biofuel Engineering and microbiology. With offices in California and Singapore and our headquarters in the beautiful Exmoor National Park in the South West of England, we’re close to all the outdoors action that you could imagine!


£30,000 – £40,000



Pension contributions, Healthcare scheme, Bonus scheme, 28 days holiday






Somerset (great for surfing / hiking / kayaking etc.)



Full-time (preferred) / Contract / Consultant

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