Automation Applications Engineer, Automation & Robotics

Job Location
180 Kimball Way
South San Francisco, CA 94080
Job Description

Position description


As an Automation Applications Engineer at Counsyl, you will bring your Systems Engineering background to help the Automation and Operations teams drive improvements to the quality, efficiency and capacity of our fully-integrated clinical sequencing laboratory. You will be heavily involved in new product development and current product improvements, taking on both the technical challenges of process improvements, as well as key project coordination responsibilities.


What you'll do


  • Automate biological sample handling processes in a state-of-the-art medical diagnostics facility
  • Design and execute studies and data gathering exercises with the aim of improving new and existing protocols for use in a high-throughput automated lab
  • Create a broad set of analytical tools and use them to make targeted improvements to automated systems across multiple labs / environments
  • Be the point of truth for how the automated factory is performing, with models on how variations will affect TAT, TAKT time, and capacity
  • Maintain expertise on alternate methods, techniques and best practices used in the field; routinely benchmark process performance
  • Evaluate critical tradeoffs and make decisions on resource requirements and allocations to set high-level initiative goals
  • Handle multiple projects, seeing obvious overlaps to make the implementation process more efficient and standardized
  • Gather requirements, create specifications, and document appropriately for the engineering teams
  • Support production activities; offer insight into troubleshooting methodology and problem resolution with complex instrumentation, systems or processes
  • Ensure all work and results are recorded suitably for regulatory compliance
  • Aid software integration of all the products and protocols you develop: In a large-scale, distributed, fully-automated genome factory, centralization of data is critical
  • Supervise and train junior team members in best practices and standardized methodologies
  • Work with Counsyl’s custom robotic platforms and learn what it means to be on the bleeding edge of technology
  • Assist in applying cutting edge technology to quite literally save lives

About you


  • Bachelor’s degree in a Life / Physical Science or Engineering
  • 5 years experience investigating, developing, and implementing laboratory or manufacturing processes (hands-on experience with lab automation for 3+ years is preferable)
  • Mechanical, Electrical, Software, or Process - you can follow a broad range of topics within the engineering family, and know how to spot the gaps between the disciplines
  • You helped build and ship an instrumentation product, and you understand how import robust qualifications are to the life-cycle of a product - IQ/OQ/PQ aren’t just letters, they are a way of life.
  • You can pull apart and identify the critical components of production workflows at a glance - creating FMEA, CTQ, and 5S schemas are nothing new
  • You are familiar with the experimental and documentation overheads that come with being in a regulatory environment (cGxP, CLIA, CAP, ISO)
  • Scripting (preferably in Python) is a tool you’ve used for acquiring and analyzing datasets of all sizes and types, with examples of having created visualizations to make critical results clear to broad audiences (experience with SQL and/or front end tools like Looker/AspenOne is desirable)
  • Multiple, medium-sized (quarter-long) projects running at the same time is something you are used to, both as an individual contributor and as project coordinator, and you’re looking to take on more
  • You have the ability to work diligently with minimal supervision and take initiative to drive project deadlines
  • You are meticulous in capturing goals, to-dos, and decisions made for yourself and those around you
  • You can work independently but consider yourself to be a team player
  • For bonus points, you have reached Atlassian level ‘guru’ (Jira / Confluence)
About Our Organization

About Counsyl


Counsyl is a health technology company that offers DNA screening for diseases that can impact men, women and their children. The Counsyl philosophy is simple: screen for diseases where advanced knowledge makes a difference in health outcomes, whether it’s changing a behavior, pursuing preventative measures, or simply preparing for what lies ahead. The Counsyl team includes an accomplished group of problem-solvers — top engineers, scientists, and designers — who are taking the lead on building the modern clinical laboratory. Scientific rigor, custom robotics, and software are at the heart of every Counsyl product, resulting in better, faster and more affordable screens that are broadly accessible. Beyond the laboratory, Counsyl offers doctors and patients a technology platform for results delivery in real time, with on-demand access to board-certified genetic counselors. Counsyl has screened more than 600,000 patients and served more than 6,000 health care professionals in its CLIA-certified, CAP-accredited and NYS CLEP-permitted clinical laboratory. The company has raised a total of $102 million and is privately backed by Pilot Growth Equity, Goldman Sachs Asset Management, Founders Fund, Felicis Ventures, David Drummond, and other high profile investors.

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