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Senior Equipment and Automation Engineer

San Diego Metro Area, CA

Posted: 11/14/2018 Job Type: Engineering Job Number: JN -112018-23053
Responsible for development, optimization, and operation of a range of scientific Instrumentation to support the company's Array Portfolio. Our products rely on both custom instrumentation, including imaging systems (iScan) and Automated Liquid Handling solutions (Tecan). We utilize a range of additional imaging and fluidic systems in the product development process. Operation, customization, and maintenance are all key aspects of contributing to fast-paced, robust product development cycles and ensuring market-leading products and customer experiences.
Job Responsibilities
  • Work with consumable and assay development teams to define, develop, and implement new configurations of imaging and fluidics instrumentation.
  • Define, execute and report to management on experiments and verification testing to ensure design changes to Array instrumentation meet external customer and manufacturing s needs,
  • Documentation to support Development, Manufacturing and customer implementation.
  • Support evaluation and selection of critical and/or customized equipment to support the company's Array Mfg. processes and customer-facing assay workflows,
  • Ensure uptime of Instrumentation and equipment to meet product development timelines through proactive troubleshooting of instrumentation issues, implementation of solutions & best practices, and development of novel solutions where needed.
  • Report out metrics on instrument status and proactivity look for opportunities to improve baseline equipment performance.
  • Troubleshoot, as part of a team, escalated field issues with fluidics and imaging instrumentation used with company's array technologies, providing clear documentation to management on analysis, root cause determination, and potential fixes.
  • Diagnosing, troubleshooting, and repairing various liquid handling robots, imaging and fluidic systems, which support both our product development and customer workflows.
Skills & Experience
  • Bachelor s degree in Electrical/Electronic Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Mechatronics or related degree with at least 7 years applied experience with instrumentation maintenance, manufacturing and development (including control SW) ideally in the biotechnology/biomedical industry required.
  • Master s degree in Electrical/Electronics/Mechanical engineering, instrumentation automation, Mechatronics or related degree with at least 5 years applied experience with instrumentation maintenance, manufacturing and development (including control SW) ideally in the biotechnology/biomedical industry required.
  • Prior experience as an in house or field support /service or instrumentation manufacturing and test role required, ideally with experience with fluidics, optical scanning and low-voltage equipment.
  • Working knowledge of robotics and other liquid handling components for laboratory automation, including technical understanding of pipetting and dispensing methods and techniques.
  • Clear vision of, and proven examples of, commitment to providing outstanding customer service.
  • Must exemplify skills of a highly motivated self-starter, with strong problem solving, networking and analytical abilities who is able to work independently and part of a team to ensure rapid troubleshooting, diagnosis and repair of the company's proprietary and third-party equipment.
  • Proven ability to contribute to development, verification, and field service reports on instrument design, robustness and maintenance issues through the life cycle of company's propitiatory equipment.
  • Demonstrated capability at building liquid automation protocols from supplier machine control software.
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills, including experience writing technical documents such are verification reports, SOPs, and field support.
  • Understanding of basic biology and chemistry lab workflows and implications of these on instrumentation.
  • Working experience of GLP, GMP, ISO and clinical instrumentation a strong plus.
  • Programming experience in C#, C++, and Java a plus.
We are looking for a talented and pragmatic engineer, who enjoys working in a fast-paced environment with cutting-edge technology.
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