The Lab Automation Specialist with Stanford ChEM-H/CSB will enable small molecule high throughput screens by implementing high-through screening (HTS) assays on our screening robot. Duties will include programing the robot and robotic components, assay implementation on the automation, robot operation, and troubleshooting. This position will also be expected to streamline HTS data workflows (and enable chemoinformatic workflows) by writing Python scripts.
The ChEM-H/CSB High-Throughput Screening Knowledge Center is part of a suite of collaborative research facilities at Stanford ChEM-H that aim to promote translation of scientific discoveries through access to expertise, mentorship, and equipment. The Knowledge Center is seeking a Lab Automation Specialist to join our team. We screen large compound libraries to identify chemical leads for the Innovative Medicines Accelerator and for chemical biology projects. You will provide lab automation expertise to collaboratively develop and implement small volume HTS screens. Programming experience and a basic knowledge of chemistry required. Experience with laboratory automation strongly desired. Join our team working on novel molecular mechanisms and phenotypic assays.
Support complex scientific and research programs related to area of specialization; analyze data, monitor and oversee experimental process, and design and develop prototypes, specialized equipment, and/or systems.
Collaborate with scientists, engineers, or senior administrative officers to oversee complex non-routine analyses, select optimum solutions, and perform corrective modifications to equipment and system designs.
Carry out all activities, including troubleshooting and resolving routine problems for scientist or engineers, independently.
Collaborate with senior engineers and scientists to design and develop special purpose equipment and/or systems.
Participate in the planning, design, and implementation of scientific or engineering initiatives, and work toward project objective.
Oversee a laboratory space or unit and supervise the work of technicians and other staff associated with the group.
Serve as a resource in review of research proposals and research capabilities and make recommendations.
Establish, communicate, and enforce compliance with health and safety policies and procedures.
Develop training manuals and safety guidelines, and train new instrumentation users, researchers, and/or technical staff.
Perform supervisory duties, including overseeing the work of technicians and other staff associated with the group/project, supervising the regular installation, maintenance, and operation of complex scientific or engineering projects, and training technicians, operators, and others working in particular scientific or engineering function area.
Education & Experience:
Bachelors' degree in engineering, science, or related field, or five years of equivalent work experience or combination of education and relevant experience.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Demonstrated knowledge and skills of advanced scientific or engineering principles and practices.
Extensive experience applying complex scientific and engineering principles and performing special technical services involving both development and performance.
In-depth experience with software applications, systems, or programs relevant for the job.
Ability to independently oversee and manage instrumentation or system installation.
Ability to collaborate with senior engineering and scientific staff to design and develop special purpose equipment and/or systems.
Experience overseeing the plan, design, and implementation of major scientific or engineering initiatives and ensuring project objective are met.
Demonstrated ability to review research proposals, evaluate research capabilities, and make recommendations.
Demonstrated ability to establish, communicate, and enforce compliance with health and safety policies and procedures.
Experience overseeing a laboratory space or unit and supervising the work of technicians and other staff associated with the group.
Demonstrated ability to effectively supervise and train a diverse work staff.
Frequently grasp lightly/fine manipulation, perform desk-based computer tasks, lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh up to 10 pounds.
Occasionally stand/walk, sit, twist/bend/stoop/squat, grasp forcefully.
Rarely kneel/crawl, climb (ladders, scaffolds, or other), reach/work above shoulders, use a telephone, writing by hand, sort/file paperwork or parts, operate foot and/or hand controls, lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh >40 pounds.
Stanford ChEM-H is an interdisciplinary institute focused on connecting Chemistry, Engineering, and Medicine for Human Health. The institute was founded as a joint venture of the Schools of Medicine, Engineering, and Humanities and Sciences. The proximity of world-class biologists, chemists, engineers, and clinicians at Stanford presents a unique opportunity to study human biology at a molecular level, to translate this knowledge into groundbreaking discoveries that advance our understanding of and ability to improve human health. Stanford ChEM-H has partnered with Stanford Medicine to launch a bold new translational research initiative – Stanford’s Innovative Medicines Accelerator (IMA). IMA aims to accelerate the translation of scientific discoveries at Stanford University into new therapeutics that impact human health while improving our understanding of human biology.