Systems Engineer, Automation

South Bay, CA | Direct Hire

Post Date: 07/08/2015 Job ID: 11012 Industry: Biotechnology

The leader in low-volume liquid handling for the life sciences. We use acoustic droplet ejection technologies to provide highly accurate, fully automated, non-contact dispensing down to 2.5 nanoliters. This green technology provides significantly better analytical results while saving money. The Echo® product line’s ‘touchless’ technology provides dramatically better answers by eliminating pipette tips and the adsorption of compounds during transfer, while saving hundreds of thousands of dollars in decreased consumables. Accuracy is maintained from first drop through last for a wide variety of fluids, including many considered intractable by other techniques. Award-winning Echo liquid handlers and laboratory automation solutions are used in all of the top 20 pharmaceutical companies, as well as in leading academic and research institutions worldwide. Technologies have broad applications including the fields of compound management, genomics, proteomics, particle manufacturing, encapsulation, imaging mass spectrometry, and live-cell transfer. Labcyte is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California with offices in Ireland and Japan, and has 46 U.S., 10 European and six Japanese patents and additional U.S. and international filings.

Seeks a highly motivated candidate to join its R&D team. This position will report to the Director of Engineering and be responsible for integration and test of custom laboratory automation systems. Qualified candidates must be able to work in a cross-functional team in the evaluation, development, manufacturing, delivery, and installation of custom systems on-time and to spec.

Education and Experience Required:
• BS/MS in Engineering
• 5-10 years of experience in the development, integration, and test of automated systems

Skills and Attributes Required:
• Demonstrated ability to integrate life sciences instrumentation (hardware and software) in an automation system
• Experience integrating devices using a wide range of technologies using RS-232, USB, Ethernet, etc.
• Demonstrated ability to integrate, test, and troubleshoot robot based automation systems
• Experience with laboratory robots (coordinate systems, motion profiles, teaching, pathing, etc.)
• Tenacious and deadline driven with superior troubleshooting and problem solving skills
• Superior PC and Microsoft Windows skills (hardware/software configuration, networking, etc.)
• Comfortable with Microsoft Office tools (Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint)
• Analytical, methodical, and detail-oriented in planning, testing, troubleshooting, and analysis
• Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal.
• Experience using defect tracking systems with the ability to write clear, concise bug reports
• Experience using lab measurement tools for electrical, optical, and mechanical technologies
• Experience documenting detailed technical procedures for use by manufacturing and field service
• Experience interfacing directly with customers and third party vendors
• Ability to assist in troubleshooting and debugging C++ and/or C# code

Desirable Skills and Attributes:
• Ability to assist in troubleshooting and debugging multi-threaded code
• Ability to design test fixtures for measurement and instrumentation
• Knowledge of chemistry and good lab practices
Job Responsibilities
• Work with the Marketing, Sales, and Field Applications to understand customer requirements
• Drive system integration efforts for new and updated devices and layouts
• Interface with third party device vendors during integration phase
• Work with and supervise Engineering technicians with assembly and testing
• Work with Software Developers during driver development and testing
• Define and execute design verification test (DVT) plans
• Develop procedures, required tools, and documentation for system test
• Define, document, and execute Factory Acceptance Test (FAT) for new devices and layouts
• Train Manufacturing personnel on integration and test procedures
• Assist Support personnel with customer support escalations


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