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Staff/Senior Automation Engineer - (Liquid Handling& Assay Development)



Job Location

1525 O’Brien Dr
Menlo Park, CA 94025
United States




Medical, Dental, Vision, 401K, Flex PTO and many others

Job Description

The Senior Automation Engineer will join a team responsible for transitioning manual workflows and processes on to semi/fully automated robotics platforms as appropriate and provide ongoing support of these systems. The Automation Engineer will primarily interact with scientists, software developers and end users to bring automation technologies into day-to-day laboratory operations. The ideal candidate will be experienced in liquid handling robotic platforms and NGS assay workflows.
You will:
Transition manual workflows onto automated liquid handlers
Configure, program and troubleshoot laboratory automated platforms
Optimize existing automated processes to improve efficiency, throughput, robustness and quality
Provide support for existing equipment and coordinate vendor support as required
Author, execute and document test plans and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for automated workflows
Coordinate with different cross functional team members and execute projects in a timely manner
Monitor and evaluate new and emerging technologies in laboratory automation systems
Perform other duties as assigned


Your qualifications and background will include:
B.S. or M.S. in molecular biology, chemistry, engineering or related discipline
Minimum 5 years hands on experience in automation and liquid handling
Proficiency in both writing and optimizing scripts on automated liquid handling platforms (e.g., Hamilton, Tecan, Beckman, etc.,)
Experience with writing and executing test protocols
Experience with NGS methods is highly desirable
Analytical, creative thinker, ability to solve problems
Effective organizational and time management skills
Highly energetic and self-motivated. Able to work independently and as part of a team
Experience working in a clinically regulated environment is highly desirable
Excellent written and communication skills

About Our Organization

GRAIL is a healthcare company whose mission is to detect cancer early, when it can be cured. GRAIL is focused on alleviating the global burden of cancer by developing pioneering technology to detect and identify multiple deadly cancer types early. The company is using the power of next-generation sequencing, population-scale clinical studies, and state-of-the-art computer science and data science to enhance the scientific understanding of cancer biology, and to develop its multi-cancer early detection blood test. GRAIL is headquartered in Menlo Park, CA with locations in Washington, D.C., North Carolina, and the United Kingdom. GRAIL, LLC is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Illumina, Inc. (NASDAQ:ILMN). For more information, please visit <a href=""></a&gt;.