Open Science Hardware Product Developer

Hi all - Ryan Fobel and I are seeking a person to assemble both of our products, and some future products, and (in our dreams) also provide manufacturing solutions to other small OScH projects. This initiative came in part out of a great GL GOSH walk through the park with @juanpedro.maestre, @alisonjparker and @ryanfobel (link to notes). While this position involves assembly, we’re looking for an entrepreneurial type who wants the space to expand this in new and interesting directions.

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Open Science Hardware Product Developer

We are seeking

… a unicorn of the science hardware variety.

Lots of the following fits you…

  • Self starter
  • Experienced maker
  • Passionate about open source, sharing, and expanding science
  • Science hardware developer
  • Experienced in sourcing, storing, stocking, assembling, boxing, shipping, and general supply chain management on a small scale (5 - 200 units / month)
  • Enjoys helping people to make sure they are having the experience you designed for

In a perfect world you would also…

  • Evaluate, cost, and discuss potential new projects for manufacture and sales
  • Make beautiful documentation
  • Create amazing and engaging video tutorials
  • Communicate your progress to the world, and build strong brands around the open science hardware you build

But most importantly, you can…

  • Do anything when it needs to get done, and know when and how to hand it to someone else


We are seeking someone to manage the manufacture, assembly, fulfillment, and technical support for several small to medium open science hardware projects ( Reflectometer, Sci-Bots Dropbot to start). Currently, those companies manage their own assembly and sales. We believe by combining forces, we can more efficiently manage costs, increase marketing through common branding, and ultimately provide assembly/sales/marketing/documentation/tutorials services to other small to medium Open Science Hardware projects.

This position is entrepreneurial in nature, and you will help structure the project moving forward. This includes creating systems for parts intake, storage, SOPs, consolidating existing documentation + expanding on it, and systems for customer support. You’ll be working closely with Our Sci and Sci-Bots to support the transition, and eventually working with other developers of Open Science Hardware who want to use the service to get their product and process into the world. As the project expands, you’ll build out staff to cover the core responsibilities.

Pay and Location

$55,000 - $65,000 per year to start, commensurate with depth and breadth of experience in a broad range of skills (design, manufacturing, documentation, branding / marketing, tutorials, documentation, etc.).

Position is full time and location is in Ann Arbor, MI.

Initial position is fully funded for 1 year. Ongoing funding will depend on sales + development - but you will have strong partners supporting your success!


Send resumes to and . Include a cover letter describing what you’re passionate about and why this position is a great fit for you! If you like most of this post but not all, or think you’re a great fit but have additional needs, or have general questions, let us know - things are not set in stone and our priority is finding the right person.