Applications Engineer - Automation & Robotics


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Counsyl’s automation team is a multidisciplinary group of scientists and engineers with backgrounds in chemistry, molecular biology, computer science, mechanical engineering, electrical and controls engineering, plus laboratory automation veterans.

As an Applications Engineer within Counsyl’s automation team, you will play a leading role in the scale-up of our automated laboratory to support the simultaneous processing of thousands of samples across multiple workflows. The focus of your work will be implementing newly developed NGS chemistries and processes into our fully automated state-of-the-art clinical laboratory. You will be a key player in the integration and refinement of advanced liquid handling devices with our industrial robotic work-cells and laboratory automation equipment.

What you'll do:

  • Automate biological sample handling processes in a state-of-the-art medical diagnostics facility.
  • Automate and transfer processes for NGS to our integrated automated liquid handling platforms in order to scale our newest custom chemistry to support thousands of patient samples per day.
  • Design and execute studies and data gathering exercises with the aim of improving new and existing protocols.
  • Work with Counsyl’s custom industrial robotic work-cells and modern web-based scheduling and LIMS software stack.Support production activities; offer insight into troubleshooting methodology and problem resolution with complex instrumentation, systems or processes.

About you:

  • Degree in Life Sciences or Biomedical Engineering2+ years experience developing, refining, and implementing laboratory or manufacturing processes.
  • Knowledge of DNA sequencing protocols plus the chemistry and techniques used in DNA sample preparation and handling, preferably in an NGS environment with Illumina instruments.
  • Experience in the use of one of the major automated liquid handling platforms such as Tecan EVO, Hamilton STAR, Beckman Biomek, Agilent Bravo, or Perkin Elmer JANUS.  (Tecan EVO is preferable)You have experience working with small benchtop workstations or large integrated robotic work-cells.
  • You have experience with the process of design of experiments and have the ability to plan, conduct, and analyze controlled tests.
  • You have experience with statistical analysis such as the calculation of CV’s and their practical application to process characterization and guardbanding.You are familiar with continuous improvement activities such as Lean, 6-sigma, or 5S.
  • You have been a key member of a team that has shipped an instrument into a clinical laboratory environment either internally or externally.
  • You have a firm understanding of IQ, OQ, and PQ verification and validation activities.As a senior member of the team you can be relied on to be a technical lead on projects while mentoring more junior members of the team.
  • You have the ability to work diligently with minimal supervision and take initiative to drive project deadlinesYou can work independently but consider yourself to be a team playerYou are an expert in liquid handling techniques and parameters such as the use of air-gaps, liquid-level sensing, automated touch-off, and aspirate/dispense speeds using either disposable tips or fixed cannulas.
  • You understand the contribution of fluid properties such as surface tension/wettability/adhesion, viscosity, densityYou are familiar with the experimental and documentation overheads that come with being in a regulated environment (CGMP, CLIA, CAP)

Counsyl is a health technology company that offers DNA screening for diseases that can impact men, women and their children. The Counsyl philosophy is simple: screen for diseases where advanced knowledge makes a difference in health outcomes, whether it’s changing a behavior, pursuing preventative measures, or simply preparing for what lies ahead.

The Counsyl team includes an accomplished group of problem-solvers — top engineers, scientists, and designers — who are taking the lead on building the modern clinical laboratory. Scientific rigor, custom robotics, and software are at the heart of every Counsyl product, resulting in better, faster and more affordable screens that are broadly accessible. Beyond the laboratory, Counsyl offers doctors and patients a technology platform for results delivery in real time, with on-demand access to board-certified genetic counselors.

The company has raised a total of $102 million and is privately backed by Pilot Growth Equity, Goldman Sachs Asset Management, Founders Fund, Felicis Ventures, David Drummond, and other high profile investors.

Counsyl does not accept unsolicited resumes. Further, any resumes submitted to us without a signed contract will become the property of Counsyl, Inc.

Counsyl, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Prohibits Discrimination and Harassment of Any Kind: Counsyl is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all employees and to providing employees with a work environment free of discrimination and harassment. All employment decisions at Counsyl are based on business needs, job requirements and individual qualifications, without regard to race, color, religion or belief, national, social or ethnic origin, sex (including pregnancy), age, physical, mental or sensory disability, HIV Status, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, marital, civil union or domestic partnership status, past or present military service, family medical history or genetic information, family or parental status, or any other status protected by the laws or regulations in the locations where we operate. Counsyl will not tolerate discrimination or harassment based on any of these characteristics. Counsyl encourages applicants of all ages.

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