VP of Engineering

by | Sep 4, 2020 | Careers | 0 comments

The Company

The Ventilator Project, a new non-profit startup located at MassRobotics in the Seaport district of Boston, is on a mission to construct a low-cost, universally accessible ventilator that can save the lives of Covid-19 and other patients of respiratory illnesses worldwide. Two robotics entrepreneurs, Tyler Mantel, Founder of Watertower Robotics, and Alex Frost, founder of Florabot, teamed up to directly address the biggest problems with ventilators during the Covid-19 pandemic: the cost of ventilators, which can be upwards of $40,000 apiece, and the lack of parts to build them given the bottlenecks in the supply chain for medical grade parts. The Ventilator Project’s mission is thus to rapidly prototype, build and ship ventilators built from readily available parts at a fraction of the price ($5,000).


Reporting to Co-Founder, Tyler Mantel, the CTO will provide strategic direction over engineering, product, design and testing. S/he will directly manage a team of 20-30 onsite engineers and coordinate the efforts of another 140 volunteers working remotely as well as be involved in recruiting and growing the team. 

The immediate focus is on finalizing the design, getting the FDA’s EUA authorization and going through verification and validation to be able to mass produce a safe and reliable ventilator in the coming weeks. The focus will then shift to a longer-term roadmap and organizing the R&D capabilities accordingly.

This is an early stage non-profit startup with significant potential and an opportunity to change the world and save lives.  We are looking for someone to be on-site to manage our team of engineers as we race for FDA approval over the next several weeks.  We follow all safety protocols in our lab and offices. 


  • Entrepreneurial experience and track record of scaling at pace.
  • Innate curiosity, thirst of knowledge, energized by the new and unknown.
  • A knack for both pushing the envelope to innovate and get things done while navigating a highly regulated environment.
  • Background in hardware or robotics systems. Experience in developing medical devices is a big plus but not required.
  • Proven-track record of bringing products to market by leading full-stack engineering and development from the conceptual phase to production.
  • Proven track record of successfully shipping products/components at scale, by working closely with stakeholders to consistently deliver on spec, on budget and on schedule.
  • Ability to build and grow engineering orgs that are productive at scale and cultivate the right engineering culture. Demonstrate the ability to grow an engineering org and a desire / track record of coaching engineering leaders within one’s team.
  • Comfortable with ambiguous and uncertain situations. Ability to adapt nimbly and swiftly while leading others through rapidly evolving and uncertain times.
  • Ability to manage priorities in a fast-paced environment.
  • Strong, inspirational leadership and communication skills to effectively both coordinate onsite and remote team members, many of whom are volunteers at this stage.
  • This individual will need to be in possession of a high level of self-motivation, coupled with a strong work ethic and the desire to build and grow an organization.
  • A strong desire to make something awesome, think different & empower others

The team comes from a diverse set of backgrounds and skill sets, but each of us share a common calling: we couldn’t continue to sit and wait. We knew it was time to step up and find a solution.

LOCATION: Boston, on-site

DISCLOSURE: Current on-site volunteers are working in an isolated office setting while practicing safe social distancing practices. We have gloves and masks readily available, and the office space is professionally cleaned several times throughout the week. We also have had several hostels/hotels provide free living for our volunteers as well as an on-site chef to provide free meals. 

Please apply here:https://k7y.pl/s/J3emu