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Prototyping Engineer/Technologist


ChipCare Corporation




Toronto, ON

Position Level


Application Deadline

Tuesday, April 30

Position Type

Student Work Placement Program

Position Overview

This position is offered in part by the MaRS Student Work Placement program (SWP), which connects post-secondary students with work placements in technology and business.

Position Start Date: May 1, 2019
Position End Date: August 30, 2019

ChipCare is developing one of the most versatile point-of-care diagnostics platforms in the world, which will enable an unparalleled sample-to-action workflow in the clinic. Our polyvalent analyzer (PAx) utilizes a patented approach to analyte detection that can perform multiple key assay classes including cell surface markers, proteins and nucleic acids. Using small volumes of patient blood or urine samples, health workers in doctors’ offices and remote health locations will be able to rapidly and accurately perform tests to diagnose or monitor a range of infectious and non-communicable diseases. The company is currently focused on the development and launch of multiplex molecular and immunoassays targeting the Women’s health and STI markets.

Department: Systems integration

This project entails working with the Systems R&D Engineering team to complete the design, build and characterization of ChipCare’s next generation polyvalent analyzer and fluidic cartridges

Role and Project Description:

  • Support hardware development activities for benchtop prototypes of ChipCare’s polyvalent platform
  • Designing and machining test jigs, fixtures and prototypes on ChipCare’s CNC and by general machining
  • Design and 3D printing of sample prep jigs
  • Industrial design model fabrication
  • Assembly of submodules
  • Characterization and documentation of test jigs
  • Provide technical support for hardware development activities

ChipCare has a small, highly skilled, collaborative and energized team of ~25 engineers, technologists and scientists working together in a complex co-development project. You will be; working in a fast-paced product development environment, managing relevant project sub tasks within overall project (including task planning, scheduling and reporting), getting hands-on experience in prototype design, build and characterization. Through this project you will build knowledge and experience related to integration of hardware and biochemical assays, develop excellent teamwork and communication skills and contribute to the development of a new platform.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • demonstrated skills using lab prototyping machine shop tools and equipment, including CNC, mill, drill press etc
  • experience with design software, eg. Solidworks, Fusion etc is an asset
  • familiarity with IVD’s, microfluidics, diagnostic assays is an asset
  • ability to carry out device test plans, characterization and analysis
  • excellent communication and documentation skills
  • excellent organizational and time management skills, ability to work independently with minimal supervision
  • ability to work in teams and demonstrate flexibility in task assignments etc in order to ensure project success
  • demonstrated familiarity with Laboratory health and safety practices
  • ability to work flexible hours/schedule as required by the project

Area and Level of Study:
College or University Mechanical/Industrial Engineering or Technology

How to Apply

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