Automation Systems Engineer - Liquid Handling

Job Location: 
San Diego, CA
Base + Bonus + RSUs


Job Description: 

At Illumina, we apply innovative technologies for studying genetic variation and function, making studies possible that were not even imaginable just a few years ago. These revolutionary tools for DNA, RNA, and protein analysis are enabling rapid advances in disease research, drug development, and the development of molecular tests in the clinic.

As an Automation Systems Engineer, you will assume a lead role in the design, development, testing, and maintenance of integrated laboratory automation systems which support biochemistry based laboratory and manufacturing operations. The Engineer will be responsible for requirements gathering and analysis. This is a role where there is a lot of interdepartmental collaboration so excellent communication skills are required.

Job Responsibilities
• Work as part of a multidisciplinary team to define, design, develop, test, and validate laboratory systems including both software and hardware
• Maintain and develop custom automation control software
• Maintain system requirements, design, and test documentation
• Develop, test and support laboratory liquid handling robotics
• Validate data in system using database query tools
• Organize system release activities to a production or manufacturing environment
• Assist production in troubleshooting system problems


Required Skills & Experience
• Bachelor’s degree in biology, chemistry, or engineering science
• 2-4 years’ experience with automation liquid handling and database systems in a laboratory environment
• Strong programming experience in C# and SQL
• Knowledgeable of formalized requirements gathering and analysis
• Knowledgeable of robotics and other liquid handling components for laboratory automation
• Technical understanding of pipetting and dispensing methods and techniques
• Proven experience with good laboratory practices, and biology and chemistry lab workflows

Illumina is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

About Our Organization: 

About Illumina
Illumina ( is a leading developer, manufacturer, and marketer of life science tools and integrated systems for the analysis of genetic variation and function. We provide innovative sequencing and array-based solutions for genotyping, copy number variation analysis, methylation studies, gene expression profiling, and low-multiplex analysis of DNA, RNA, and protein. We also provide tools and services that are fueling advances in consumer genomics and diagnostics. Our technology and products accelerate genetic analysis research and its application, paving the way for molecular medicine and ultimately transforming healthcare.