Lightcast Discovery is hiring a

CAD Design Engineer (3 month contract)

Cambridge, United Kingdom

Our mission is to push the boundaries of complex cell analysis. Using the Lightcast platform we are working with major pharmaceutical companies and leading academic institutes. Together, using our next generation microfluidic platform, we are making advances towards new science, unique clinical approaches, new therapies and innovative products.

The Lightcast platform allows precise and highly flexible independent control of thousands of microdroplets independently and in parallel using software-generated light patterns. By combining droplets containing different cells, antibodies, cancer drugs, reporters and /or other reagents we can perform complex workflows and assays with a flexibility far beyond what is currently possible on any cell analysis platform. 

Your responsibilities will include: 

  • Electro-Mechanical Design using Solidworks and PDM
  • Re-structure and optimisation of large CAD assemblies, including interference checks and fastener specification
  • Component drawings & DFM
  • BOM clean up and export
  • Part numbering and data accuracy ready for transfer to manufacturing
  • Tolerance Analysis


  • A technical track record in mechanical design including some of: 
    • Opto-mechanics design, especially for imaging optics or instrumentation
    • Mechatronics, such as motion control for precision positioning
    • Product Design including weldments and moulded components
  • Experience with Solidworks and PDM 
  • DFx experience for high precision low volume machining and bringing products to Manufacture.
  • Experience documenting complex tolerance analysis

Lightcast Discovery offer competitive salaries and comprehensive benefits including:   

  • 26 days holiday, plus Public Holidays
  • Flexible working hours
  • Pension contribution matched up to 7%
  • Private medical insurance
  • Income protection
  • Life insurance
  • Subsidised gym membership and weekly cross fit sessions
  • Access to Cycle to Work and Technology schemes
  • Enhanced family leave policies 

Here at Lightcast Discovery we have an informal, open work environment where collaboration and innovation are at the heart of what we do. We are based in West Cambridge, near excellent transport links and plenty of local amenities. We regularly gather as a team to hear about developments across functions and to share ideas. We enjoy social events and regular team lunches, promote career development and learning opportunities. It is an exciting time to join our revolutionary team as we push boundaries and continue to grow. 

We are committed to being an equal opportunities employer. We encourage applications from all backgrounds, communities and industries and we are happy to discuss any reasonable adjustments that you may require. 

Applicants must be eligible to work in the UK 

Strictly no agencies please 

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