Lab Automation Engineer

Lab Automation Engineer

Seeking an experienced and motivated Laboratory Automation Engineer.  This person will be responsible for assembling core laboratory automation infrastructure including: the selection and deployment of liquid handling systems and robotic integrations, building custom hardware and software, and creating processes and controls that enable scientists to effectively use those systems.

The company offers employees several benefits including medical insurance (vision/dental), lunch, unlimited PTO, and workplace flexibility (e.g. work-from-home options when not executing experiments)


  1. Working directly with scientists and management stakeholders to understand their processes and translating those requirements into specifications for automation solutions
  2. Programming commercial liquid handling and automation systems, and also modifying and extending those systems to increase capability and usability
  3. Designing and building custom prototype devices and systems to enable novel research

Position requirements

  1. Experience implementing complex systems and equipment: defining system requirements, establishing best practices, and proactively monitoring system performance
  2. Experience with molecular biology, cell culture, high throughput screening (HTS), genomics and other standard life-science laboratory workflows
  3. BS/MS in science or engineering discipline, minimum 10 years of relevant experience, PhD not required
  4. Expertise with commercial automation equipment
    • Detailed knowledge of multiple commercial liquid handling systems (Tecan EVO and Fluent, Agilent Bravo, Beckman Coulter FX/NX/iSeries, Hamilton STAR and Vantage)
    • Expertise with development and operation of integrated robotic systems and automation scheduling software applications (Agilent VWorks, Biosero GreenButtonGo, PAA Overlord)
    • Up-to-date knowledge of commercial options for large- and small-scale equipment
  5. Custom hardware and software development, any of the following:
    • Significant experience with software development: 5+ years’ experience with any major programming language (C#.NET, C/C++, Python)
    • Communication with 3rdparty devices and software through APIs, web-services, and/or direct commands, and the ability to write interfaces for receiving commands
    • Database design: schema development, basic administration, and front-end integration
    • Mechanical design using CAD software (e.g. SolidWorks, AutoCAD, Rhino): able to generate parts, assemblies, and drawings for manufacture and rapid prototyping
    • Electrical engineering skills: ability to read and draw circuit diagrams, wire and solder components
    • Microfluidics: experience building interfaces to microfluidic systems, experience with custom design and fabrication of microfluidic devices



Job Category: Engineering
Job Type: Full Time
Experience: 5 Years
Education: Bachelor Degree
Location: California Mountain View
Industry: Clinical Diagnostics

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