Application Scientist (Associate Automation Engineer)

New York Genome Center
Job Location
New York, NY 10013
Job Description

We are looking for a highly motivated, independent but team-oriented Applications Scientist with strong expertise in Molecular Biology, specifically Next-Generation Sequencing and an interest in Automation and Process Engineering. Application Scientists work closely with production, development and clinical teams to develop, optimize and test new protocols on liquid handling robotics and other laboratory automation equipment to help meet demands of a growing laboratory. Prior experience with Hamilton automation is preferred, however, we will provide training to enhance and build automation engineering skills for systems such as the Hamilton Star or Perkin Elmer Sciclone robotics.

Job duties will include, but are not limited to:

  • Develop, optimize and implement automated assays to increase throughput and efficiencies in the laboratories;
  • Help create new automation programs on the Hamilton Star to meet evolving needs for new protocols and scaling sample throughput;
  • Analyze current process procedures and provide feedback for their optimization and improvement;
  • Calibrate, maintain and repair a variety of laboratory instruments, including liquid handling robotics;
  • Provide real-time support for equipment with hardware/software issues during live runs;
  • Install and implement new equipment. Perform User Acceptance Testing (UAT) and/or Installation/Operational Qualification Testing (IQ/OQ), if necessary;
  • Train Lab Technicians on instrument use and automated protocols;
  • Author and update SOPs for automated processes;
  • Evaluate new equipment, software and automated solutions to help with purchasing decisions.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Molecular Biology, Biotechnology, Biochemistry or related field, plus laboratory experience in nucleic acid research laboratory required;
  • 2+ years working in a molecular biology lab as a technician or application scientist; 
  • 1+ years of demonstrated experience with next-generation sequencing technologies highly preferred;
  • Solid knowledge of molecular biology equipment and related protocols;
  • Experience using liquid handling robotics is required, with previous Hamilton experience being highly preferred. Perkin Elmer or Agilent Bravo liquid handling automation are also valuable;
  • Experience with Tecan, Agilent, and/or Beckman Coulter is not required but could be beneficial;
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Laboratory Information Management Systems (LIMS);
  • Experience with programming languages such as VBA and VSTA is a plus;
  • A general understanding of GLP practices specifically related to instrumentation such as IQ and OQ testing and calibrations is a plus;
  • Good laboratory and organizational skills, including the ability to work independently and efficiently are essential;
  • Ability to multitask is a must, along with an orientation toward teamwork and leadership;
  • Strong creative thinking and problem solving skills;
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills required.
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About Our Organization

The New York Genome Center (NYGC) is an independent, non-profit organization that leverages the collaborative resources of leading academic medical centers, research universities, and commercial organizations. Our vision is to transform medical research and clinical care in New York and beyond through the creation of one of the largest genomics facilities in North America, integrating sequencing, bioinformatics, and data management, as well as performing cutting-edge genomics research. 

The New York Genome Center is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, or protected veteran status. The New York Genome Center takes affirmative action in support of its policy to and advance in employment individuals who are minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities.

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