Lab Automation and System Integration Engineer

Exact Sciences   •  

Madison, WI

Industry: Professional, Scientific & Technical Services


Less than 5 years

Posted 32 days ago

This job is no longer available.

Summary of Major Responsibilities

Lab Automation and System Integration Engineer coordinates, manages, implements and provides technical engineering support for a variety of process automation hardware, software applications, and laboratory instruments. This position works and collaborates with internal and external partners to enhance existing workflows and develop new automated workflows in a complex, rapidly-evolving clinical laboratory. Lab Automation and System Integration Engineer support may include assisting Lab Service and Technical Transfer personnel in the process of selecting automation system design, integration, commissioning, and project documentation.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Work with the project manager and cross-functional teams on user requirements, factory acceptance tests, validation planning, pre-installation planning, initial installation and setup for new or revised instrumentation and automation systems
  • Independently address routine issues utilizing documented procedures and researching past cases
  • Provide support and response to difficult system problems, counseling the internal and external vendors and Laboratory Service Engineers on corrective and preventative actions
  • Provide mentoring and technical guidance to service engineers and laboratory technicians
  • Maintain oversight for quality of both mechanical work performed and related documentation
  • Recommend and implement changes to ensure ongoing high-quality performance of laboratory equipment
  • Establish specific workflow decision allowing the successful integration of new lab automation and non-automation
  • Support the installation, facility acceptance test, and validation of the new and/or revised instrumentation, automation system to ensure quality compliance and user requirements
  • Ensure both new and existing instrumentation automation and non-automation meet safety requirements and compliance
  • Maintain all service records and follow procedures to meet regulatory requirements such as FDA, CLIA, and/or CAP
  • Maintain and continuously develop personal knowledge and expertise related to the service of complex clinical laboratory equipment
  • Support and comply with the company’s Quality Management System policies and procedures
  • Other projects as assigned
  • Regular and reliable attendance
  • Ability to lift up to 50 pounds for approximately 10% of a typical working day
  • Ability to work seated for approximately 80% of a typical working day
  • Ability to work standing for approximately 20% of a typical working day
  • Ability to work in front of a computer screen and/or perform typing for approximately 80% of a typical working day
  • Ability to comply with any applicable personal protective equipment requirements
  • Ability to travel approximately 5% of working time for occasional training, vendor site visits and other tasks
  • Occasional evening and weekend work may be required


Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Bioengineering, Biotechnology, or other applicable Life Science
  • 3+ years of experience in building automation systems in a pharmaceutical, biotechnology, or clinical laboratory
  • 2+ years of experience developing and commissioning automated systems in a CAP/CLIA and/or other regulated production environment
  • Working knowledge of clinical laboratory operations and activities
  • Prior experience in medical technology, workflow, middleware devices, PC knowledge, networking and interface protocols
  • Proven ability to lead project work effectively in team situations as well as work independently
  • Excellent verbal and written English communication skills
  • Ability to manage and adhere to maintenance schedule
  • Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions
  • Have demonstrated ability to follow procedures and maintain detailed records
  • Have demonstrated ability to manage time and competing priorities
  • Must be highly motivated and able to work both independently and as a member of a team
  • Adaptable, open to change and able to work in ambiguous situations and respond to new information and unexpected circumstances
  • Proven capability to take scientific bench protocols from the bench to automation system
  • Experience integrating laboratory information management systems (LIMS) with automated systems
  • Effectively communicate issues/problems and results that impact timelines, accuracy and reliability of data
  • A wide degree of creativity and latitude is expected including the ability to multi-task and work productively in a demanding environment with changing priorities
  • Authorization to work in the United States without sponsorship

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master of Science degree
  • Technical proficiency and experience in automation and system development and integration for the laboratory especially with robotic and liquid handling system (i.e. Hamilton)
  • Proficiency in liquid handling robot programing


Req No. 2019-3301