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Modular Bionics is dedicated to delivering realized neurotechnologies. We develop and manufacture neurotechnology products for neuroscientists and clinical researchers*.
We are located in Berkeley California, and are a privately held company.
For more background on the company and our upcoming wireless platforms, funded by multiple R&D contracts, please check out our news page.
*The N-Form®, and all other company technologies are not yet cleared by the FDA for use within humans.
We pride ourselves on having an open culture that values teamwork, integrity, and passion for technology. We offer an opportunity to build a career at Modular Bionics, not just have a job. Please contact us at Info@ModularBionics.com if you wish to apply for a position. We are actively looking to fill the following positions on our team:
Position 1: Electrical Engineer
About the role:
Electrical Engineer will develop state of the art clinical neuromodulation implants and worn devices for clinical research from design to manufactured assemblies. Activities will also include assistance with the design and manufacturing of our neuroscience products. This is a full-time salary position with flexible on-site hours.
We need a reliable individual with strong communication skills who can shepherd the electronics of anactive implantable medical devicesystem from design through delivered product.The desired individual possesses a range of electrical engineering design and development skills and experiences. Ideally, the candidate has experience with active implantable devices in neuromodulation or other clinical applications. Experience with inductive charging and RF systems is a significant advantage.
The ideal candidate is a self-motivated individual who is excited by the prospect of working on state of the art neuromodulation technology in an environment that combines the dynamic development of a medical device with the research atmosphere of a neuroscience products company.
The ideal candidate is also flexible, resourceful, and pro-actively manages own schedule.
Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering is required. Master’s degree in engineering is desired. 3 years or longer industry experience is preferred. Candidates with less industry experience but extensive project experience will be considered.
Responsibilities and Desired Background:
- Interdisciplinary communication and teamwork from concept to delivered product.
- A broad range of experience within electrical engineering is ideal.
- Design, schematic capture, and layout of electrical circuits.
- Testing and documentation of prototypes and products.
- Management of portions of development including relationships with suppliers.
- Embedded system design and development.
- Integration, debugging, and testing of a range of systems (e.g., inductive power systems, RF systems, and high-speed digital circuits).
- Ensure that designs meet performance specifications, regulatory, and manufacturing requirements.
- Participate in concept generation activities. Refine, rate, rank and/or otherwise assess concepts.
- Familiarity with ASIC design (digital and/or mixed signal).
- Familiarity with FPGAs and RTL.
- Characterize, test, and debug proprietary and off-the-shelf RF systems.
- Experience with embedded systems using custom antennas is ideal.
- Performance of SPICE simulations to verify circuit functionality and aid debugging efforts
- Experience with scripts and data analysis in MATLAB and/or Python is ideal.
- Operate and analyze outputs from electrical test equipment including an oscilloscope, spectrum analyzer, and vector network analyzer
- Proactively report project status to personnel.
- Maintain Design History Files (DHFs) per company procedure. Ensure that DHFs are accurate, complete and well organized.
- Conduct risk analysis for products under development. Conduct and document Failure Mode and Effects Analysis per company procedure.
- Conduct product verification and validation testing to demonstrate product safety and efficacy. Determine what testing is required to satisfy product requirements, to investigate potential failure modes, and to otherwise address the project design inputs.
- Develop protocols, plan testing, and perform or monitor testing. Utilize statistical methods as required to plan testing and to analyze test results. Write test reports that draw conclusions from the results.
- Ensure that all work satisfies the requirements of the company's Quality Manual, with particular emphasis on Design Control. Conduct Design Reviews as specified in project plans, and in accordance with company procedure. Prepare documentation release packages, including detail drawings, bills of material, and/or procedures.
- Supervisory responsibility might ultimately include other engineers.
Position 2: Product Assemblers
About the role:
Product Assemblers help our team fulfill neuroscience product orders by playing a crucial role in our manufacturing process.
We need reliable individuals who are good with their hands, and have a knack for detail and documentation. Product Assemblers assemble and test our microscale products for use in neuroscience research. They are responsible for assembling products that ship to neuroscientists at universities and other research organizations.
- Work experience in a technical setting
- Enthusiasm for working with their hands
- Pride in craftsmanship
- Experience with microscopes (ideally at 20 power minimum)
- Experience handling small and delicate components
Cofounders Ian Halpern and Mark Merlo met in graduate school at Stanford University’s school of engineering.
In 2004, while traveling in Japan after grad school, Halpern read an article about the development of a bionic arm. The article identified the absence of a reliable neural interface as the primary barrier for advancing bionics. Intrigued by the opportunity, he began to study neuroscience publications and attend neuroscience lectures. The pursuit led to his invention and design of novel microelectrodes, insertion systems, and wireless neural interfaces. His microelectrode inventions were the basis for the granting of the company’s first patent (US Patent No. 9,095,267).
In 2006, while auditing a lunchtime class on micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS), Merlo decided to pursue a PhD with a focus on microscale devices. While attaining his PhD, Merlo used micro-machining equipment to fabricate a single shank microwire / polymer style neural electrode first developed and used in 1991 by Jellema. This innovative use of micro-machining equipment significantly lowered the cost of fabricating this type of microelectrode, and led to a publication in a peer reviewed micro device journal. Ultimately this expertise served as the technical basis for development of the company’s manufacturing process.
Halpern and Merlo were each independently considering forming neuormodulation companies when they decided to join forces as the cofounders of Modular Bionics Inc. Utilizing a SBIR grant from the NIH* in 2012, cofounders Halpern and Merlo teamed to develop the 3D N-Form®** microelectrode, a significant evolution beyond the 20th century technology of the single shank microwire / polymer electrodes. The cofounders developed new fabrication techniques and scaled a manufacturing process for reliably producing custom configuration 3D N-Forms for the neuroscience market.
Thanks to the hard work of the Modular Bionics team, the N-Form launched and is now globally distributed by our partner Plexon Inc. for animal use.
* NIH Grant R43NS081837
**The N-Form® and all other company technologies are not yet cleared by the FDA for use within humans.