Synbio Engineer | DNA Synthesis at Helixworks Technologies

Expires in 11 days

The Role

Helixworks is looking for an outstanding engineer capable of operating liquid handling robots, analytical instrumentation (qubit, qPCR etc.,) and software development to run automated enzymatic oligo synthesis protocols.

Our R&D team designs and develops protocols to synthesise long oligonucleotides. You will be working on translating and running the protocol improve the quality, speed and cost of oligo production.

Our team works with engineering and research groups across various disciplines, countries and cultures, requiring strong communication skills. We look for anyone with an exceptional ability to solve problems in both individual and team settings.

Helixworks is looking for a highly motivated synthetic biologist to accelerate oligo synthesis R&D. This role will be involved in the design, development, and scaling of our novel oligo synthesis chemistry. In this role, you will be working on advancing early-stage concepts/prototypes to pilot scale production activities.


  • Conceptualise and draft specifications for an integrated system to multiplex R&D team’s protocols

  • Write Specification documents, source components/instruments and automate workflows

  • Script liquid handling robot instructions to run molecular biology protocols

  • Work in the laboratory environment with analytical equipment. Prepare the various buffers/reagents necessary for experiments and ensure their quality control.

  • Read and review technology proceedings and papers to broaden knowledge, project future trends and propose directions in DNA data storage technology development


  • Degree in Life Sciences or related field

  • Coding skills in Python, or any other OOP languages

  • 1 year or more experience in operating liquid handling robots such as OpenTrons, Gilson and Hamilton

  • Track record of translating bio or chemical assays from lab bench to workstations

  • Excellent verbal and written communication, and detailed documentation skills

  • Skilled at managing multiple priorities simultaneously and ability to independently execute those priorities

Medical coverage with compensation based on experience level.

Salary range: €40-49k