Vow is a food company -- a very different one. We’re creating real meat products from animal cells, instead of the animal itself. We’re bringing together cutting-edge innovations in science, engineering, culinary, and design to make sustainable food that’s both irresistible and available to billions of people worldwide.
The work that we are doing is a critical step on the path to creating a future where humans can exist in sustainable harmony with our planet. A world we can proudly hand over to our children and grandchildren. We are achieving this by creating sustainable food that is the most delicious, desirable choice of anything available. This is a mission we believe in deeply.
We have a fast-growing team located in Sydney of over 30 hard-working people who genuinely look out for each other and is fully funded by two of Australia's most successful venture capital firms.
Who we are looking for
We're seeking an Mechatronics Engineer to join our team here in Alexandria, Sydney, Australia.
As a Mechatronics Engineer on our team, you’ll build hardware and software systems that automate critical R&D workflows to bring delicious, low-cost cultured meat to the world in the shortest time frame possible. The automation you build will remove bottlenecks and accelerate key R&D pipelines by orders of magnitude -- we’ve achieved improvements of anywhere between 100x and 10,000x in areas like cell line development and media development, and see even more impactful and exciting automation on the roadmap.
Outstanding candidates draw on an array of engineering skills and principles, operate from first principles, enthusiastically embrace new skills and ways of thinking, and can work effectively with team members from diverse, multidisciplinary backgrounds to deliver great outcomes.
- Degree in Mechatronics Engineering or related disciplines (Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Industrial Automation etc), or equivalent professional experience to demonstrate excellence of your craft.
- At least 2 years of relevant professional experience designing and building electro-mechanical systems in mission-critical or user-facing systems.
- Experience writing low-level software in C, C++ and/or Python.
- Experience designing mechanical parts using CAD tools (e.g. Fusion 360, Inventor, Solidworks) and manufacturing them using fabrication tools such as CNC, 3D printing, laser cutting, etc.
- Experience selecting and using microcontrollers and microcomputers.
- Experience designing electronic systems using EDA tools (e.g. KiCAD, EAGLE or Altium), having them manufactured (e.g. via a third party), and bringing the boards up.
- An ability to break down complex and challenging problems into easy and manageable components, using commonly available systems and off-the-shelf parts.
- An obsession with the product and the user. You constantly think about the perspectives of end-users and your impact on the mission even when it’s not asked of you. Your users feel heard when they provide feedback, or better yet, when you actively seek it out.
- An ability to identify and make pragmatic tradeoffs that incorporate cost/benefit into every key decision, rather than aiming for perfection or chasing rabbit holes.
- An ability to effectively communicate in clear language suitable for your audience, in both written and verbal communication.
- Architect, build and iterate on reasonably-priced automation systems to remove lab pain points and dramatically accelerate the pace of R&D cultured meat.
- Manage and run the entire engineering development cycle, including customer interviews, problem definition, architecture, prototyping, testing, training, documentation, and driving key metrics. As you gain experience and earn the trust of team members and stakeholders alike, you’ll be entrusted to define the product and technology roadmap in your areas of expertise.
- Enthusiastically tackle any part of the stack as needed for the successful shipping of an engineering project, including hardware, firmware, data engineering, and frontend, even if it means learning a new skill or being out of your comfort zone.
- Review work materials of your fellow engineers and mentor more junior engineers.
- Meaningfully contribute improvements to our culture and organisational processes.
- Learn about biology, hardware, design and culinary from our multidisciplinary team and leverage these balanced perspectives in your work.
What success looks like
In the first month, you’ll get to know your team and manager, work alongside scientists to understand their lab challenges, learn the core science of cultured meat, and delve into our tech stack to immediately ship impactful changes to our lab automation systems. You could be designing an electrostimulation add-on for our custom muscle tissue bioreactor or programming a microscope camera <-> X-Y stage timing microcontroller for rapid imaging of cell culture plates.
Over the next few months, you’ll design and build robotic plate handling systems to reduce manual handling in the lab, or a microfluidic loop to sample and count cells out of a highly parallel array of bioreactors running dozens of cultured meat experiments.
You will work directly with our Head of Engineering Soroush Pour, with our multidisciplinary Engineering team of Software, Mechatronics, IT and R&D engineers, and cross-functionally across Vow with cell biologists, food inventors and world-class operators.
- Competitive salary and equity in the company.
- Active transparency to let you effectively contribute to every facet of the business.
- An awesome converted warehouse office, complete with a glass-walled lab, free snacks, a coffee machine and cafe, and a DIY workshop for all hands-on projects.
- A huge focus on career support and growth, including weekly 1:1s and ongoing feedback , as well as access to learning and development opportunities (e.g., lunch and learn events, access to webinars and conferences, and networking with our investor community)
- An inclusive community and culture, in a welcoming office, complete with multiple office dogs (... please bring your dogs!).
- 12 weeks paid parental leave and unlimited personal leave.
- Relocation budget for interstate or overseas individuals for you and your family.
Vow’s mission is to make food products for everyone, and we mean everyone. To do that well we need a workforce that’s representative of the people we serve. We celebrate multiple approaches and points of view, we are inclusive and we believe diversity drives innovation - so we’re building a culture to match. Uniqueness is powerful - be yourself and come as you are.