Automation Engineer I

Myriad Genetics, Inc Located in: South San Francisco,  California
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  • Responsibilities:

    • Develop, optimize, implement, and maintain complex automation platforms for the Clinical, Development, and Research laboratories.
    • Become an expert in the routine use and maintenance of the Hamilton Robotic System
    • Troubleshoot anomalies in any of our routine automated laboratory assays
    • Provide training on use, maintenance, and troubleshooting of Hamilton workstations
    • Support Clinical Laboratory Scientists with troubleshooting and resolution of laboratory automation issues
    • Design and document new test methods to measure equipment performance
    • Coordination of automation service schedule and work with outside vendors to maintain in house instrumentation
    • Train fellow Engineers and technicians to become “experts” in the operation, maintenance, and programming of Hamilton robots.
    • Perform Installation Qualification, Operational Qualification, and Performance Qualification procedures on Hamilton robots and associated peripheral instrumentation
    • Perform demonstrations for various interested parties
    • Maintain technical knowledge by attending vendor trainings
    • Complete essential documentation according to company policy



  • Qualifications:

    • Experience with programming and operating liquid handling robots
    • Familiarity with standard molecular biology techniques preferred (i.e. ELISA)
    • Familiarity with assay development, optimization and troubleshooting.
    • Familiarity with liquid handling troubleshooting
    • Knowledge and experience with HAMILTON systems and Venus scripting languages is desirable.
    • Be able to work independently to diagnosis and resolve complex hardware and/or software (Venus/LIMS) issues of robotic workstation and other laboratory equipment
    • Independently manage projects
    • Independently identify and implement engineering and process improvements
    • Share information obtained from unique problems or specialized training to Crescendo Team
    • Demonstrated mechanical aptitude relevant to automated liquid handlers and other general laboratory equipment.
    • Experience with using Laboratory Information Management Systems (LIMS) desirable.
    • Ability to quickly adopt and apply new methods and technologies.
    • Proficiency in using basic word processing and spreadsheet applications.
    • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively in writing and verbally.
    • B.S. degree in molecular biology, genetics, biochemistry, bioengineering or chemical engineering or equivalent experience preferred.
    • Strong communicator with ability to maintain open communication with internal employees, managers and customers as needed.
    • Flexibility to adjust work schedule to meet laboratory demands. (Lab operates Mon-Sat)
    • Able to integrate and apply feedback in a professional manner.
    • Able to prioritize and drive to results with a high emphasis on quality.
    • Ability to work as part of a team.


    Travel, Physical Demands, and Work Environment:

    • Standing or sitting for long periods of time may be necessary
    • Some lifting (greater than 25 pounds) may be necessary; Facilities, Materials and Engineering employees occasionally must lift at least 50-75 pounds.
    • May be exposed to hazardous materials, tissue specimens and instruments with moving parts, lasers, heating and freezing elements, and high speed centrifugation
    • Repetitive manual pipetting may be necessary


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  • Position: Automation Engineer I/II

    Location: South San Francisco, CA

    As an Automation Engineer you will implement, maintain and program complex automated platforms in support of our Research, Development, and Clinical Laboratory. You will be working cooperatively in a busy laboratory environment, responding to change with flexibility and adapting quickly to evolving circumstances. This is an excellent opportunity for a team player to participate in the growth of a fast-paced, pioneering company that is developing systematic approaches to applying molecular diagnostics to health, disease, and medical practice.


At Myriad, our goal is to make a difference in patients’ lives and our work has been guided by this mission throughout the Company’s history. Myriad is focused on revolutionizing patient care through the discovery, development and marketing of transformative molecular diagnostic tests that address pressing clinical needs across multiple medical specialties. Since 1991, Myriad has invested heavily in educating patients and healthcare professionals about the role genes and proteins play in disease. More than 1.5 million patients have already benefited from Myriad’s hereditary cancer genetic testing, which helps healthcare professionals better manage and tailor medical care. Today, Myriad continues this strong tradition. We are expanding our reach and increasing our impact on patient care by introducing new molecular diagnostic and companion diagnostic tests for a growing number of diseases. We also are focused on expanding internationally in an effort to broaden our geographic footprint and provide our life-saving products and services to patients and healthcare professionals around the world.


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Base Salary:
85,000 To 100,000 USD PER year
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