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Research Associate I - Entomology



Baltimore, MD, USA
Posted on Tuesday, May 7, 2024

Schedule: In person, Monday through Friday.

Location: Candidates must be based in Baltimore, MD or willing to relocate to Baltimore, MD.

**Please note that we will only consider candidates with unrestricted authorization to work in the United States for this position.**

Who are we looking for?

Vectech is recruiting a mid-career mechanical engineer with at least three years of professional experience in hardware. Candidates must have demonstrated mastery of mechanical engineering technical skills such as use of CAD design software, ability to perform technical analysis, an understanding of material selection and testing strategy, knowledge of manufacturing processes, ability to quickly build and iterate prototypes, and an understanding of product lifecycle management. Candidates should have prior experience independently planning, building, and implementing hardware features, and be fully capable of leading design or experiments when provided with requirements. Candidates should have an interest in making an impact on public health and investing time to understand Vectech’s business and the public health organizations we serve.


  • Lead design of mechanical systems for novel and impactful products in public and environmental health, collaborating with a cross-functional team of engineers, entomologists, and researchers.
  • Independently lead design of mechanical and optical systems in accordance with given product requirements and ensure compliance with industry standards and regulations.
  • Prepare designs and detailed drawings of product schematics using CAD software tools.
  • Prepare documentation of analyses and provide suggestions for a path forward with regards to design, assembly, and manufacturability.
  • Interpret and produce design sketches, specifications, and engineering data for design and analysis.
  • Proactively manage deadlines and generate reports, presentations, and written grant deliverables.
  • Provide mentorship and guidance to entry level engineers.
  • Participate in weekly scrum meetings and design sessions.
  • Collaborate with project managers for proper allocation and tracking of resources.
  • Display good communication and work well with small teams.

Desired Experience / Skills

  • Bachelors, masters, or other technical training or experience in mechanical engineering
  • A minimum of at least 3 years of professional work experience as a mechanical engineer
  • Demonstrated ability to deliver on meaningful industry projects
  • Proficient with CAD software
  • Proficient with rapid prototyping and design

What does Vectech do?

Vectech is an AI startup applying computer vision and other sensing technologies to collect insect information. Most of our work focuses on mosquitoes, ticks, and other disease-carrying insects. By automating challenging aspects of vector surveillance, we aim to alleviate bottlenecks and provide public health organizations with better data for vector control decision making.

Anticipated salary range for this position


Desired start date

Immediate - May 2024

Company benefits

Health plan: Full-time employees are eligible to participate in subsidized company sponsored Blue Cross Blue Shield/Carefirst medical, dental, and vision plans.

401k: Full-time employees are eligible to participate in Vectech's 401k plan that matches 100% of employee contributions up to the first 3% deferred, and then 50% of contributions on the next 2% deferred, after six months of service.

Stock options: Full-time employees receive a competitive stock options package.

Time off: Full-time employees receive a total of 30 paid days off per year, including holidays, vacation, sick, and personal days.

Diversity, equity, and inclusion

Vectech is a member of Baltimore Tracks, an organization working to improve diversity in Baltimore tech companies. Women, queer folks, minorities, individuals with disabilities, veterans, and other underrepresented individuals are encouraged to apply and given additional consideration.

Hiring Manager Contact:

Jewell Brey

Head of Research and Development