The Lead Automation Engineer within the Process Engineering Group contributes to the development and implementation of automation systems and workflows to support the processing of samples in a clinical diagnostics laboratory environment. This individual collaborates with a team of scientists and engineers on projects to conceptualize, design, develop, and implement solutions designed to optimize the performance and increase the efficiencies of the laboratory processes.
Program liquid handling robots.
Build rapport with end-users, and coordinate with cross-functional teams
Develop and integrate the automation systems and related software tools, preparing the documentation for equipment validation and operating procedures to ensure successful implementation in the labs
Prepare User Requirement and Testing Procedure, Standard Operating Procedures, and related documentations
Oversee the functional and validation testing, IQ/OQ/PQ
Additional responsibilities include user training, troubleshooting, optimizing the workflows, and on-going support for the end-users
BS degree in Biomedical engineering, closely related scientific field, or equivalent; MS degree preferred
A minimum of 5 years of laboratory automation engineering experience required with a minimum of 6-7 years of relevant related experience
Technical proficiency and experience in automation and systems development and integration for the life science industry; especially with robotics and liquid handling systems. Experience with Beckman Liquid Handlers required.
Experience in computer programing is required
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES
Strong project management skills, organizational skills, and written and verbal communication skills are required.
Flexibility and self-initiative required to support several simultaneous automation projects.
Biotech, pharmaceutical, Lab automation providers, or clinical-laboratory experience is highly desirable
PHYSICAL DEMANDS & WORK ENVIRONMENT
This position requires the ability to use a computer keyboard, communicate over the telephone and read printed material.
Duties may require working outside normal working hours (evenings and weekends) at times
Travel required for this position:
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Driven by the passion for elevating the science and utility of genetic testing, Natera is committed to helping families identify and manage genetic diseases. Natera is a rapidly-growing diagnostics company with proprietary bioinformatics and molecular technology for analyzing DNA. Our complex technology has been proven clinically and commercially in the prenatal testing space and we are actively researching its applications in the liquid biopsy space for developing products with oncology applications.
The Natera team consists of highly dedicated statisticians, geneticists, doctors, laboratory scientists, business professionals, software engineers and many other professionals from world-class institutions, who care deeply for our work and each other. When you join Natera, you’ll work hard and grow quickly. Working alongside the elite of the industry, you’ll be stretched and challenged, and take pride in being part of a company that is changing the landscape of genetic disease management.
WHAT WE OFFER
Competitive Benefits. Healthy catered lunches, Premium snacks and beverages, Onsite gym with cardio and weight-training equipment, Game room with satellite TV, Onsite dry cleaning and alteration service with pick-up and delivery, Employee-organized sport leagues, Happy hours and BBQs, Generous Employee Referral program.
For more information, visit www.natera.com. ? Natera is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are committed to ensuring a diverse and inclusive workplace environment, and welcome people of different backgrounds, experiences, abilities and perspectives. Inclusive collaboration benefits our employees, our community and our patients, and is critical to our mission of changing the management of disease worldwide.
All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply, and will be considered without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, age, veteran status, disability or any other legally protected status. We also consider qualified applicants regardless of criminal histories, consistent with applicable laws.
Internal Number: 6230
Natera® is a worldwide genetic testing and diagnostics company that’s changing how doctors and patients manage genetic disease. Our team includes clinicians, scientists, biostatisticians, researchers, and talented laboratory professionals from around the globe.
Natera® develops and commercializes non-invasive methods for analyzing DNA. We operate a CAP-accredited laboratory certified under the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) in San Carlos, California, and offer a host of proprietary genetic testing services.