Laboratory Automation Engineer

Position Summary

DxTerity Diagnostics is in need of a Senior Laboratory Automation Engineer to lead our automation efforts including providing instrument programming, integration and automation solutions to our molecular biology laboratory in a GMP/GCP/CLIA-compliant environment. The candidate should be experienced in developing workflows on Hamilton and/or Tecan liquid handlers. The candidate must be hands-on, detail-oriented, and capable of working independently. The high complexity nature of the work requires excellent attention to detail, effective written and verbal communication skills, the ability to multitask, flexibility with tasks and schedules, and the ability to contribute as a key team member.

Essential Duties:

  • Manage automation applications processes including application development, improvement, optimization, implementation, documentation, training, and support
  • Work collaboratively with our scientists to build efficient automated laboratory workflows in support of high-throughput genomic testing
  • Work with scientists to select and evaluate laboratory instruments to meet our current and future needs
  • Script automated workflows on robotic liquid handlers (e.g. Tecan EVO, Hamilton STAR etc.)
  • Optimize and verify performance of automated liquid handlers
  • Troubleshoot and resolve system errors and minor instrumentation problems
  • Develop IQ/OQ/PQ documentation and write Standard Operating Procedures
  • Provide training on use, routine maintenance, and troubleshooting of liquid handlers
  • Integrate laboratory instrumentation with LIMS and inventory management systems
  • Develop workflows in LIMS to capture automation processes and data recording
  • Identify and remedy problems that adversely affect performance of integrated systems
  • Report all test quality and safety concerns to the Laboratory Supervisor or Safety Officer
  • Ensure one’s own proper training with the appropriate documentation
  • Track training and competency
  • Operation, calibration, and maintenance of other laboratory equipment, as assigned
  • Perform other duties as assigned

Education, Experience, and Skills

Required

  • At least 2 year degree in bioengineering or chemical engineering, molecular biology, genetics, biochemistry OR 4 years of equivalent experience. Higher degree is preferred
  • Minimum of 3 years of Liquid handling/automation programming and operation experience.
  • Experience in process automation and associated programming
  • Familiarity with molecular biology laboratory techniques and safety precautions required for working with blood borne pathogens
  • Ability to break down, analyze, and improve the functionality of an automated script or method
  • Ability to learn new concepts and think creatively
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills. Ability to efficiently evaluate, prioritize, and handle multiple and changing projects and priorities under tight deadlines

Desired

  • Experience with laboratory information management systems (LIMS) and integration of individual hardware components into automated environments
  • Knowledge of GLP, CLIA and HIPAA regulations governing handling and testing of patient samples in a clinical lab
  • Experience in the preparation of corresponding IQ/OQ/PQ documentation, functional and validation testing procedures, and SOPs

Language Skills

  • Must be proficient in reading, writing, and communicating in the English language.

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Work entails occasional lifting and/or moving up to 25 pounds and regularly performing tasks while working at a computer and/or desk. Involves work in laboratory or operational areas containing biohazardous materials. Work may involve occasional climbing or balance.

The employee’s sensory modalities (vision, hearing, smell) and physical capabilities (ambulation without mechanical assistance, strength, coordination, dexterity, range of motion) must be sufficient to independently perform duties/functions of the position.

Working Conditions

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

This position will involve a combination of office and biotechnology laboratory environments. While performing the duties of this job, the employee may be exposed to hazardous chemicals, bloodborne pathogens, automated equipment, and high levels of noise and vibration. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

Reporting

The Laboratory Automation Engineer will report to the Laboratory Supervisor.
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