Design Engineer at Bolt Threads
Emeryville, CA, US
At Bolt Threads, we believe that answers to our most vexing problems can be found in nature. Every day we’re inspired by the amazing materials we work with and driven by the desire to turn these materials into incredible products. We are a venture-backed, idea-driven company, led by world-class scientific and engineering talent, as well as experienced executives from the technology and apparel industries.


Bolt Threads is looking for an experienced hands-on engineer to support the development, scale-up, and operation of our novel silk fermentation, purification, and fiber spinning equipment. Ideal candidates will have strong technical fundamentals and practical experience in the design and building of custom equipment. They will be able to integrate software and hardware for user control and automation. They will have the experience and skills to work safely in a laboratory, pilot-scale, or manufacturing setting. Candidates will have the flexibility required to work within a growing organization and fast-paced startup environment. They will hit the ground running creating engineering solutions for research and process development teams. This position will play a key role on a multidisciplinary team working to manufacture novel silk protein fibers for the textiles industry.


Design, build, and commission small-scale equipment and tools to support internal research and process development activities
Design, develop, and deploy automation, instrumentation, and control systems for custom equipment
Support the procurement and commissioning of equipment, including working with external vendors, to support laboratory through pilot-scale and manufacturing facilities
Collaborate with research, process development, manufacturing and facilities teams to identify needs and prioritize and manage projects
Support a variety of processes including fermentation, protein purification and fiber spinning
Develop and maintain engineering documentation such as PFDs, P&IDs, electrical diagrams, SOPs and other documents as required
Participate in safety, hazard and operability reviews and actively work to maintain a culture of safety in the workplace

B.S in engineering or a related discipline with a minimum of 2 years of relevant experience
Candidates with additional education or experience will also be considered and are encouraged to apply
Experience managing and executing design/build projects, with proven ability to translate engineering goals into solutions that meet scope, schedule, and cost objectives*
Experience developing control systems for custom equipment in LabView
Experience with CAD software (Solidworks preferred)
Proficiency in a variety of machining and fabrication methods and use of hand and power tools
**Note: Please provide a link to photos, diagrams, or descriptions of at least one completed design/build project or portfolio in question provided in the online application. If there are any issues providing the link or documents of the project or portfolio that way,