Senior Automation Engineer (RE-12452933) Mountain View, California

The Automation Engineer or Senior Automation Engineer will design, develop, validate, and maintain molecular diagnostic robotic systems in both regulated and R&D environments.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Gather/analyze/recommend user requirements needs of the science and clinical teams to improve existing systems
  • Work with scientists and clinical lab to identify new applications of automation
  • Perform new equipment evaluations
  • Lead new equipment integration
  • Draft and maintain design, implementation, and validation documentation
  • Develop, verify, validate, and implement new automation methods
  • Provide maintenance and troubleshooting support to laboratory personnel
  • Provide support to IT for LIMS integration of development activities
  • Establish positive relationships with vendors
  • Inform relevant personnel of project status

Desired Skills & Experience

  • Minimum Education: B.S. / M.S degree in Engineering, Physical Science, Biology, or related discipline
  • Experience Required: Five years relevant work experience
  • Strong skills in automation methods programming on the Biomek FX/NX, Hamilton Star and other platforms
  • Experienced with automation and instrumentation of various aspects of quantitative PCR platforms, DNA platforms, including optics, software, automation integration, LIMS integration, and platform validation
  • Experienced with automation process scale up and optimization
  • Experienced with SOP, requirements, and validation documentation
  • Familiarity hands-on with molecular biology techniques such as nucleic acid isolation and quantification, and RT-PCR processes for multiple gene expression analysis
  • Familiarity with the Applied Biosystems 7900HT and Roche LC480 platforms is desirable
  • Experienced in IOQ processes and preventative maintenance documentation
  • Laboratory Automation Programming and Method Implementation
  • Automation methods development and validation
  • Automation methods and procedure support in both a commercial laboratory setting and R&D
  • Experienced in developing automation integration tools using VB, C++, or Java programming languages a plus
  • Experience with CLIA, CAP, FDA regulations is a plus
  • Project management experience is a plus