Sensor Development Specialist

About Us:

At Nicoya, our mission is to improve human life by enabling deeper knowledge of the biological world. Many of us have been impacted by horrible diseases like cancer and Alzheimer's. Currently, there are millions of scientists around the world working relentlessly to better understand these diseases - and we are here to help them.

Nicoya uses innovative nanotechnology to reduce the cost and complexity of scientific instruments, making them accessible to everyone. By using highly sensitive biosensors, our instruments allow scientists to better understand diseases at the molecular level and develop new drugs to treat them. Giving more people access to these powerful tools will help accelerate new discoveries and help improve human life.

About the Role:

We are looking for a passionate, talented individual to join our team. At Nicoya, we are always working to continuously improve our products and are looking for a driven individual to join our mission of developing the next generation of scientific instrumentation! 

The Sensor Development Specialist will be a member of the product development team and will be responsible for the design and development of new sensor technologies for Nicoya’s instrumentation. This will require knowledge and experience in organic chemistry/synthesis, surface chemistry and nanoscience.

The product development team at Nicoya relies on self-driven individuals who take ownership of their projects and push them to completion. They work with the rest of the team to define how best to integrate their work to create products that make our customers ecstatic. This will require you to leverage your extensive skill set to design and execute rigorous tests and to conduct them in the most efficient way possible.

Who you are:

You love a challenge and you’re a life-long learner. You thrive off of solving technical challenges in the development of new products to meet short and long-term customer goals. You want to provide the world’s top researchers with the best technology to help them make a difference in the world. You actively seek to increase your knowledge and are willing to stretch out of your comfort zone when opportunities arise to do so. You are organized and can work well with the rest of the product development team. You are motivated to make a positive impact on your workplace. You have the ability to prioritize tasks to meet key deadlines. You are a quick learner and you know how to move on from something when it isn’t working. You have great communication and teamwork skills and want to join a thriving team. You are looking to advance your career at an exciting biotech company!



  • Design new sensors that integrate seamlessly into our instrumentation

  • Improve sensor performance using nanostructure design, surface chemistry, and organic synthesis

  • Review the relevant literature to remain up to date on the latest technological advancements

  • Design and conduct experiments that evaluate new designs and test for potential performance improvements

  • Analyze data and be able to interpret the data to generate recommendations for further improvement

  • Work with the engineering team to scale up sensor manufacturing and quality control processes

  • Write disclosures and patent applications for any novel IP generated through research

  • Prepare and conduct presentations to the organizational stakeholders


Our Ideal Candidate Has:

  • A Bachelor's or Master’s degree in Science or Engineering from a recognized and accredited institution

  • Strong attention to detail and high quality standards

  • Ability to generate and effectively process data

  • Extensive laboratory experience

  • Experience in surface chemistry and/or organic synthesis

  • Experience working with nanomaterials, specifically plasmonics, is preferred

  • Familiarity with optical systems is preferred

  • Ability to code is preferred