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Senior Automation Engineer

Location: Cambridge
Posted on: September 14, 2017

Job Description:

Overview: Foundation Medicine is dedicated to helping bring personalized cancer medicine into routine clinical practice. Harnessing advanced technology, Foundation Medicine has developed clinical laboratory tests that broadly captures the most relevant tumor genomic and other molecular information and connects it with relevant scientific and medical knowledge to help oncologists determine the right treatment for each patient. We seek a Senior Automation Engineer to ensure productivity in our Automated Clinical Laboratory. The successful candidate will be responsible for continuous development and support of laboratory automation in a complex and rapidly evolving space. The set of instrumentation at our disposal includes but is not limited to liquid handlers, robotic manipulators, bulk reagent dispensers and microplate readers. This person will work closely with end users to ensure that the introduction of new or modified automated protocols has as few unforeseen complications as possible. The Senior Automation Engineer will also perform routine maintenance as necessary and act as primary liaison between Foundation Medicine and support engineers from third-party vendors. The successful candidate will nominally work during normal business hours, but given the vagaries in lab schedule and end-user demands, flexibility to work late evening and/or weekend hours would be a plus. Responsibilities:

  • Provide on-site technical support of automation platforms.
  • Enhance existing and develop new automated workflows.
  • Lead maintenance, metrology and calibration efforts for the laboratory, including planned and unplanned maintenance.
  • Install, test and control new versions of automated protocols on applicable instrumentation across labs and possibly across sites. Provide training and documentation for new or modified workflows to end users
  • Collect, collate and report on data pertaining platform reliability and instrument downtime. Monitor instrument performance and suggest efficiency improvements Qualifications:
    • Experience with robotic liquid handlers, lab automation and instrumentation (especially from Agilent Technologies, Beckman Coulter or Hamilton). Experience with automated equipment in bioprocess, fabrication, manufacturing or other industries with high quality standards is also acceptable
    • Working knowledge of MS windows operating systems and MS Office applications (especially Excel)
    • Ability to document and report troubleshooting procedures and resolutions
    • Ability to work as an individual as well as in a team environment
    • Technical Support and/or Customer Service experience with the associated patience, courtesy and diplomacy
    • Knowledge of safety protocols in workshop, factory or laboratory setting
    • Strong written and oral communication skills
    • Detail oriented and well organized Additional Relevant Skills
      • Flexibility in working late evenings and/or weekend hours
      • Experience working in a regulated environment (e.g. CLIA, CAP, GxP, ISO, etc.)
      • Previous experience working in a molecular diagnostics/clinical laboratory setting.
      • Familiarity with VBscript, Python, PERL and/or JavaScript, relational databases, SQL, LIMS or other relevant enterprise software packages
      • Previous teaching or technical training experience Education or Experience
        • B.S. or M.S in the Life Sciences, Bioengineering or Biotechnology with at least 10 or 15 years' experience, respectively, in a pharmaceutical, biotechnology or diagnostic laboratory, primarily with high-throughput laboratory instrumentation.

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