Upkara, Inc. Product Development Engineer I Ann Arbor, MI · Full time

If you are an innovative engineer looking to join a technology company with an exciting commercial future and social impact, consider joining our team! As an Upkara Product Development Engineer I, you will have a vital role in supporting the design, prototyping, testing, and manufacturing of novel biopreservation systems and devices to support our continued development and commercialization of the technology.


The successful candidate will be responsible for:

  • Independently designing and prototyping parts and simple assemblies based on given requirements.
  • Conducting experiments to evaluate prototypes, products and processes under supervision.
  • Working within the engineering team to collaboratively develop, prototype, and evaluate novel device designs. 
  • Accurately recording and maintaining experimental data. 
  • Analyzing experimental data and reporting on findings.
  • Documenting design, assembly and process changes in an organized and timely manner.
  • Fabricating and assembling benchtop systems and subsystems.
  • Maintaining inventory of critical prototype and equipment components.
  • Performing routine maintenance on equipment. 
  • Under supervision, building and maintaining production processes and related quality systems.
  • Other routine laboratory experimental, data collection and manufacturing related tasks.

Requirements for this position include:

  • Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering, Mechatronics Engineering or related fields with 2+ years of relevant industry experience.
  • Proficient in building 3D models and assemblies and creating 2D machine drawings (Fusion 360 experience preferred).
  • Experience developing and testing functional prototypes.
  • Strong fundamentals in mechanical engineering, physics and mathematics concepts.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills. 
  • Strong organizational skills. 
  • Experience with word processing software and data analysis software.

The following education & experience is preferred:

  • Experience reading electrical schematics and PCB layouts.
  • Experience with Arduino and PLC programming.
  • Previous wet lab experience.
  • Basic knowledge of production techniques for plastics, metals, and other common materials.
  • Basic understanding of vacuum systems, surface physics and thermodynamics.
  • Must work well in a team environment and foster collaboration.
  • Experience working in a multidisciplinary environment.

EEO & Employment Eligibility:

Upkara is committed to equal opportunity in the terms and conditions of employment for all employees and job applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, gender identity or gender expression, national origin, disability or veteran status.  Upkara also complies with all applicable national, state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment as well as work authorization and employment eligibility verification requirements of the Immigration and Nationality Act and IRCA.  

As part of our commitment to the health and safety of our employees, customers and the communities in which we operate, this role requires full vaccination for COVID-19 prior to beginning work.


$65,000 - $95,000 per year