Oncology, Lab Automation Reliability Engineer

1 month agoSan Francisco, CA


SCHEDULE: Monday-Friday 9 - 5 PST

Invitae is dedicated to bringing comprehensive genetic information into mainstream medicine to improve healthcare for billions of people. We're driven to make a difference for the patients we serve. We are leading the transformation of the genetics industry, by making clinical-grade genetic information affordable and accessible to guide health decisions across all stages of life.

Our team is growing rapidly, and we’re looking for people who are passionate about harnessing the power of technology to push our capabilities forward in the quest to deliver genetic information at scale. The key responsibilities of the Oncology Automation Reliability Engineer include, second tier technical troubleshooting support, assisting with continuous improvement projects and optimization to existing automated processes, documentation and record keeping of activities, and training other automation staff. These functions will be focused (but not limited to) Invitae’s Oncology programs. The work requires excellent attention to detail, effective written and verbal communication skills, the ability to contribute to multiple projects, flexibility with tasks and schedules, and working independently in a team environment. This role requires on-site work at our San Francisco location.

What you’ll do:

  • Work with Invitae’s Automation Development Engineers to aid in automation builds and new method development processes; provide input on new system designs to increase system reliability, supportability and serviceability
  • Technical knowledge transfer from the Automation Development team to Automation Support team.
  • Train Automation Support staff on new systems and revisions to existing systems
  • Interact with many different functional roles, and work with programs throughout the development timeline: from R&D to clinical lab deployment
  • Second tier troubleshooting support for automated systems in production, in collaboration with the Automation Support.
  • Identify, execute and implement opportunities for continuous improvement of production systems within the change management process
  • Additional responsibilities include, SOP/ process documentation, automation staff training, equipment validation, & vendor relations
  • This role will include opportunities for smaller project coordination and leadership

What you bring:

  • BA/BS degree in Life Sciences, Engineering or a related field
  • 5+ years experience in biotech or similar high-throughput production environment working with automated systems
  • Experience in an ISO 13485/9001, ISO 15189, GMP, CAP/CLIA or similarly regulated environment preferred
  • Technical proficiency in laboratory automation and systems development and integration for the life science industry; especially with robotics and liquid handling systems
  • Strong organizational, verbal and communication skills are required
  • Flexibility and self-initiative required to support several simultaneous automation projects
  • Ability to collaborate is required
  • Software development experience in one or more languages (C#, Python, etc) is a plus
  • Equipment functional and validation testing is required
  • Experience working under regulatory regimes such as CLIA, CAP, or FDA is highly desirable
  • Experience with challenging specimen types, like FFPE or cell free DNA, or low input assay automation work is a significant bonus.

By joining Invitae, you’ll work alongside some of the world’s experts in genetics and healthcare at the forefront of genetic medicine. We’ve crafted a culture that empowers our teams and our teammates to have the biggest impact and to explore their interests and capabilities. We prize freedom with accountability and offer significant flexibility, along with excellent benefits and competitive compensation in a fast-growing organization.

At Invitae, we value diversity and provide equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. We will consider employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance.