Cytokinetics has been an avid and early adopter of technology platforms and we have a robust discovery infrastructure that is constantly being refined and optimized as new programs come online. As we continue to look towards bringing in newer technology solutions, we are looking for an individual to take on the role of an Automation Engineer within the Research and Development Technologies department. The department can be viewed as a “Measurements Group” with the primary responsibility of providing automated hardware and software solutions to measure/detect signals in assays. The individual will be responsible for interfacing with the scientists to help establish, improve/scale-up and automate processes and for deploying and managing the infrastructure.
Partner with scientists to understand the diverse drug discovery workflows underway and help optimize/accelerate processes through automation.
Help identify the latest instrumentation and technology solutions to aid in the measurement of signals to address scientific questions.
Design, procure, deploy, and maintain the high-throughput screening infrastructure.
Design, source components, assemble and deploy custom hardware solutions to address and alleviate unique laboratory workflow problems.
Interface with laboratory automation equipment such as robotic arms, liquid handlers, detectors, etc. to create scripts to execute processes. Help scientists create workflows on integrated automation platforms.
Manage the hardware infrastructure within Research and function as a first responder for any instrumentation related issues.
Routinely monitor the performance of instrumentation and function as an interface between scientists and OEM to schedule instrumentation maintenance and repairs.
BS/MS in a scientific or engineering/bioengineering discipline with a minimum of 5 years’ experience working in laboratory automation for the biopharmaceutical industry is required.
Hands-on experience with system integration and laboratory equipment such as automated liquid handlers, robotic arms, plate readers, imaging platforms, LCMS, etc. is required.
A strong passion for troubleshooting hardware problems is required.
Experience in driving evaluation of new technologies by establishing plans and coordinating with the concerned stakeholders is required.
Experience in working with scientists to develop/optimize assays is a plus.
Experience with custom hardware design using 3D CAD packages such as Solidworks is a plus.
Experience with commercial robotic integration platforms such as Green Button Go is a plus.
Experience in software development techniques (.NET, LabVIEW, Python, etc) pertaining to process automation such as developing instrument drivers, customizing integration platforms, developing software tools to aid researchers, etc. is a big plus.
The individual must be very motivated and have the ability to work independently and also very collaboratively.
The individual must also possess strong communication and presentation skills.
*Title commensurate with experience
Our passion is anchored in rigorous and diligent scientific and clinical approaches to the discovery and development of novel mechanism therapeutics. With gratitude for the commitments and convictions of our employees who are inspired by the courage of patients we aim to serve, we believe Cytokinetics will continue to be a pioneering, values-driven, sustainable, fully integrated biopharmaceutical company.
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About Cytokinetics, Inc.
Cytokinetics is a late-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on discovering, developing, and commercializing first-in-class muscle activators as potential treatments for people with debilitating diseases in which muscle performance is compromised and/or declining. As a leader in muscle biology research, we’re developing small molecule drug candidates specifically engineered to increase muscle function and contractility. We take a purpose-driven approach by leveraging our unique muscle biology expertise to engineer compounds with specific characteristics aimed at treating diseases that impact muscle function, like heart failure, ALS and SMA.