Staff/Senior Automation Engineer – (Liquid Handling& Assay Development) – #2131


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The Senior Automation Engineer will join a team responsible for transitioning manual workflows and processes on to semi/fully automated robotics platforms as appropriate and provide ongoing support of these systems. The Automation Engineer will primarily interact with scientists, software developers and end users to bring automation technologies into day-to-day laboratory operations. The ideal candidate will be experienced in liquid handling robotic platforms and NGS assay workflows.

You will:

  • Transition manual workflows onto automated liquid handlers
  • Configure, program and troubleshoot laboratory automated platforms
  • Optimize existing automated processes to improve efficiency, throughput, robustness and quality
  • Provide support for existing equipment and coordinate vendor support as required
  • Author, execute and document test plans and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for automated workflows
  • Coordinate with different cross functional team members and execute projects in a timely manner
  • Monitor and evaluate new and emerging technologies in laboratory automation systems
  • Perform other duties as assigned

Your qualifications and background will include:

  • B.S. or M.S. in molecular biology, chemistry, engineering or related discipline
  • Minimum 5 years hands on experience in automation and liquid handling
  • Proficiency in both writing and optimizing scripts on automated liquid handling platforms (e.g., Hamilton, Tecan, Beckman, etc.,)
  • Experience with writing and executing test protocols
  • Experience with NGS methods is highly desirable
  • Analytical, creative thinker, ability to solve problems
  • Effective organizational and time management skills
  • Highly energetic and self-motivated.
  • Able to work independently and as part of a team
  • Experience working in a clinically regulated environment is highly desirable
  • Excellent written and communication skills

Level is commensurate based on the degree and years of experience of the candidate and should be discussed during the interview process.

GRAIL is an Equal Employment Office and Affirmative Action Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability or any other legally protected status. We will reasonably accommodate all individuals with disabilities so that they can participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.

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