Automation Engineer

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

We are looking for a highly motivated, independent but team-oriented Automation Engineer with strong expertise in laboratory Automation and Process Engineering. Automation engineers will work closely with production, development, innovation and clinical teams to develop new protocols on laboratory robots to meet demands of a growing laboratory with expanding automation needs.

Job duties will include, but are not limited to:

  • Develop, optimize, and implement automated assays to increase throughput and efficiency in the laboratories;
  • Create new automation programs on current equipment 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;
  • Evaluate new equipment, software and automated solutions to help with purchasing decisions;
  • Install and implement new equipment. Perform User Acceptance Testing (UAT) and/or Installation/Operational Qualification Testing (IQ/OQ), if necessary;
  • Train lab staff on instrument use and automated protocols;
  • Author and update SOPs for automated processes.
Requirements
  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Molecular Biology, Biotechnology, Biochemistry or a related field, plus laboratory experience in a nucleic acid research laboratory required;
  • 1+ years of demonstrated experience as an automation engineer, field service technician, or automation-related application scientist working in a Molecular Biology lab;
  • Solid knowledge of molecular biology equipment, automation and related protocols;
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Laboratory Information Management Systems (LIMS);
  • Previous experience with Perkin Elmer or Hamilton liquid handling automation is required; experience with Agilent, Beckman Coulter, Tecan and/or other liquid handling robotic platforms is a plus;
  • Experience with programming languages such as VBA and VSTA is a plus;
  • Demonstrated ability to troubleshoot and repair minor issues with liquid handling automation and general laboratory equipment;
  • 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.
How to Apply
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.

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