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Associate Application Scientist (Automation Engineer)

Organization

New York Genome Center

Job Location

101 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10013
United States

Job Description

We are looking for a highly motivated, independent and team-oriented Associate Application 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 lab teams as well as software engineering to develop, optimize and test new protocols on liquid handling robotics and other laboratory automation equipment, to help meet demands of a growing laboratory. Ideal candidates will be eager to join a fast-paced lab with interest in laboratory automation and equipment with a background in molecular biology.
Job duties will include, but are not limited to:
● Assist with development of automated protocols including developing, optimizing and implementing automated assays to increase scale and efficiencies in the laboratories;
● Assist with day-to-day troubleshooting efforts for all laboratory automated protocols;
● Independently troubleshoot lab equipment issues;
● Calibrate, maintain, and repair a variety of laboratory instruments, including liquid handling robotics;
● Communicate with external vendors to schedule service, repairs, and preventative maintenance;
● Provide real-time support for equipment with hardware and/or software issues during live runs;
● Install and implement new equipment. Conduct Risk Assessments of software and perform User Acceptance Testing (UAT) on hardware and software, and/or Installation/Operational Qualification Testing (IQ/OQ), if necessary;
● Train Lab Technicians on instrument use and automated protocols;
● Author and update laboratory SOPs for automated processes;
● Evaluate potential risk, cost and timing of new assay implementation for new project proposals, and make recommendations for automated workflow solutions.

Requirements

Required

● Bachelor's degree in Molecular Biology, Biotechnology, Biochemistry, engineering or related field required
● Laboratory experience in nucleic acid research laboratory required;
● 2+ years working in a molecular biology lab as a technician, automation engineer or application scientist required;
● 1+ years of experience operating or programming liquid handling robotics required.
● Solid knowledge of molecular biology equipment and related protocols required;
● Familiarity with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Laboratory Information Management Systems (LIMS) required;
● 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 required;
● Strong interpersonal communication skills required.

Preferred

● 1+ years of demonstrated experience with next generation sequencing technologies highly preferred;
● Experience specifically with Hamilton or Perkin Elmer liquid handling automation is a plus;
● Experience with Tecan, Agilent, Opentrons and/or Beckman Coulter could be beneficial;
● Experience with programming languages such as Python, C++, SQL, VBA or VSTA is a plus; and,
● A general understanding of GLP practices specifically related to instrumentation such as IQ and OQ testing and calibrations is a plus.

Don’t meet every single requirement? Studies have shown that women and people of color are less likely to apply to jobs unless they meet every single qualification. At NYGC we are dedicated to building a diverse, inclusive and authentic workplace, so if you’re excited about this role but your past experience doesn’t align perfectly with every qualification in the job description, we encourage you to apply anyway. You may be just the right candidate for this or other roles.

Competencies

● Technical and Professional Skills: Consistently demonstrates skills and knowledge relevant for current role; strives to expand the depth and breadth of technical and professional skills; works with a high level of integrity; exhibits focus and discipline; appropriately prioritizes, manages expectations and delivers on commitments.
● Collaborative & Communicative: Models collaboration and teamwork; brings out the best in others; effectively works with all levels, internally and externally; respects and embraces diversity of perspective; communicates clearly and listens carefully; uses good judgment as to what to communicate and when to do so.
● Adaptable & Innovative: Adaptable and embraces change; develops new insights and pursues improvements and efficiency; fosters exchange of new ideas and willing to challenge the status quo; takes initiative and is solution-oriented; engages in work with passion and curiosity.

Work Flexibility

NYGC has established a flexible work policy to give employees and other staff more ability to balance their work, personal commitments, and commuting challenges. The incumbent in this position is eligible for a flexible work schedule with supervisory approval. However, the role does require the incumbent to work onsite full time.

Salary

The expected salary for this role is $90,000. The full pay range for this position is $79,000 - 101,000 per year; base pay offered may vary depending on job-related knowledge, skills, and experience. In addition, NYGC offers a full range of medical, financial, and other benefits as well as generous time off.

FLSA Status – Exempt.
This position is not eligible for visa sponsorship.
This position is eligible for relocation assistance.

About Our Organization

About the New York Genome Center

The New York Genome Center (NYGC) is an independent, nonprofit, academic research organization dedicated to advancing genomic research. NYGC scientists and staff are furthering new approaches to diagnosing and treating neurological diseases and cancer through their unique capabilities in whole genome sequencing, RNA sequencing, state-of-the art analytics, and the development of genomic tools. NYGC concentrates specifically on disease-based research in the following areas: neuropsychiatric disease (autism, schizophrenia, bipolar); neurodegenerative disease (ALS, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Huntington’s), and cancer.

Located in Lower Manhattan, the New York Genome Center was founded by and remains closely affiliated with the leading academic medical centers and research universities in the New York region, engaging in research projects with and for these institutions. Essential to our collaborative work is an outstanding faculty, whose members typically hold a joint appointment at NYGC and a partner university. They support our scientific mission by conducting independent research in areas of mutual interest to us and the wider scientific community.

Please note: We care greatly about our employees’ well-being, so NYGC has moved to a fully COVID-19 vaccinated work environment. You must be vaccinated against COVID-19 to work at NYGC, even if you are working partially remotely. If you are selected to interview for this role, we will explain our vaccination policy (including medical and religious exemptions) and ensure you are comfortable moving forward with further interviews.

Equal Opportunity

Diversity, equity, and inclusion are central to NYGC’s core mission. We strive to create a workplace environment that is welcoming and fair to all regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, physical ability, or religion. We believe that when people of various backgrounds, life experiences, and perspectives work together in an inclusive and equitable environment we gain new and valuable perspectives that otherwise would have been missed. Valuing and supporting all NYGC employees as individuals while helping them realize their full potential is critical to promoting greater collaboration, innovation, and discovery – fostering a sense of belonging for our greatest strength, our people. We recognize that there is still work to be done that will require sustained commitment from the entire organization.

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, creed, color, gender, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, age, disability, genetic predisposition or carrier status, protected veteran or military status, domestic violence victim status, partnership status, caregiver status, alienage or citizenship status, marital status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. NYGC takes affirmative action in support of its policy to hire and advance in employment individuals who are minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities.