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Engineer I

San Rafael, CA 94901

Posted: 10/26/2023 Employment Type: Contract Industry: Research and Discovery Job Number: 11463 Pay Rate: $45.00 - $47.00

Job Description

Our client focuses on developing first-in-class and best-in-class therapeutics that provide meaningful advances to patients who live with serious or life-threatening rare genetic diseases.

Job Overview:
  • We are searching for a highly motivated Associate Engineer or Engineer I to join the Laboratory Automation Core.
  • The successful candidate will be interested in learning new techniques and approaches to laboratory automation, pay close attention to detail, have ability to run multiple projects in parallel, and possess good organization skills.
  • The position requires adaptability, creativity, and a capacity for constant innovation in pursuit of excellent science.
  • This position offers a unique career opportunity to work on a wide variety of projects that contribute to the entire spectrum of a product lifecycle, from early drug discovery and non-clinical work through all stages of clinical and commercial development.
  • The successful candidate will assist with the design, implementation, and maintenance of automation solutions for high-throughput biology protocols like NGS workflows, iPSC cell culture protocols, and standard in vitro biochemical and cell-based assays.
  • Assist with design, implementation, and maintenance of new lab automation systems.
  • Operate robotic platforms to execute biological protocols. Assess the efficiency and quality of operations to prioritize process improvements.
  • Execute experiments to validate the functionality and performance of lab automation systems, troubleshoot issues, and implement improvements.
  • Work with contract research organizations and lab operations teams to service and ensure supply of consumables for automated solutions. Provide technical training and support to laboratory personnel of existing and new automation processes, equipment, and technologies.
  • Collaborate with automation vendors and contractors to facilitate their onsite visits.
  • Clearly and thoroughly document your work in your electronic notebook (Benchling).

Job Requirements

  • Must have 0-2 years for Associate Engineer or minimum of 2 years for Engineer I in the Biotech/Pharmaceutical Industry with experience working with lab automation equipment (liquid handling, robotic arms etc.).
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills to collaborate effectively with cross-functional teams, scientists, engineers, etc.
  • Strong understanding of laboratory processes and workflows, with the ability to translate them into automation requirements.
  • Some programming experience in any language (e.g., Python, Java, C++) is a plus.
  • Experienced in operating plate-based liquid handlers (e.g., Vantage, Star, Bravo, Lynx, Tempest, Echo) is a plus.
  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Biotechnology, Engineering, Physics, Chemistry, or related fields.
  • Established field of expertise in molecular biology, protein, chemistry, analytical chemistry, instrumental analysis, proteomics, genomics, or similar.

Meet Your Recruiter

Jay Hite
Recruiter, Account Manager

As a Recruiter at Compass, Jay enjoys meeting job seekers and helping them to find new and exciting opportunities. He enjoys the process of getting to know candidates and learning all about their experience and what their future goals are. Jay feels the excitement of his candidates and is passionate about helping to find a fit both culturally and professionally. 

When Jay isn’t working, he enjoys bike rides, trying out new foods, tequila tasting and watching movies.  

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