Automation Engineer, Assay Application

Thermo Fisher Scientific
Job Location
Santa Clara, CA
Job Description

This is an opportunity for a highly motivated automation engineer to work in a fast-paced and collaborative R&D environment developing simple, robust, and customer-focused solutions to facilitate genetic testing on the microarray platform.


Position Responsibilities:

  • Develops automated liquid handling solutions for preparing DNA samples to be used on Thermo Fisher’s microarray products.
  • This is a hands-on engineering position with a focus on development, validation and product commercialization.
  • Documentation under design control to ensure quality product development
  • Performs statistical analysis and conducts design of experiments.
  • Provides innovative ideas for new products and intellectual property.
  • Collaborates with molecular biologists, biochemists, bioinformatics, engineers, product managers, customer support, and other internal teams.

Minimum Requirements/Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree + 5 years experience or Masters + 3 years experience. Education in the following majors: Molecular Biology, Bioengineering, or related fields.
  • Multidisciplinary technical background is highly desirable.
  • Hands-on experience of operating and writing methods on automated liquid handling instruments (Beckman Coulter, Tecan, or Hamilton) is essential.
  • Understanding of assay development and validation is essential.
  • Can clearly document laboratory work and write SOPs.
  • Is a quick learner and can quickly deliver on goals.
  • Has a passion for problem solving and outside-the-box thinking.
  • Has good organizational skills.
  • Strong communication skills are essential.
  • Must be highly collaborative; must have the ability to work within a diverse team.
  • Self-motivated, independent, and a proactive driving force of execution.
  • Willingness to take on new challenges.
  • Able to adapt quickly to changing needs caused by time, budget, or other constraints.

Additional Favorable Experience:

  • Trained in ISO 13485, 21 CFR Part 820 Quality Systems Regulation, GLP/GMP.
  • Fluent in Microsoft Excel and Word
  • Working knowledge of JAVA scripting and/or Visual Basic
  • Statistical skills using current platforms e.g. JMP
  • Good mechanical aptitude

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