Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is seeking an Automation Engineer for the Human Genetics Institute of New Jersey (HGINJ). This position provides automation support for liquid handling and extraction platforms as well as custom engineering solutions for unmet needs. RUCDR a multi-user Bio-Repository facility focusing on nucleic acids, their extraction, analytical methods and sample storage. The Automation Engineer/Instrument Specialist I primarily supports the Nucleic Acid Services Analysis (NASA) Lab and reports to the Laboratory Operations Manager, RUCDR. Key duties of this position include: development and optimization of novel automation solutions; writing of automation routines by interpreting user requirements; installation and validation of automated methods; accurate record keeping to assure adequate trace-ability; documentation of development and validation records; troubleshooting written automation routines and instrumentation; and monitoring instrument performance and efficiency. Other duties include:
Develops, implements and optimizes novel automation solutions for new and existing Hamilton instruments by creating efficient and effective methods and SOPs.
Writes automation routines by interpreting requirements and provides training and documentation for workflows to end users.
Demonstrates advanced programming skills by working independently and making informed decisions based on experience.
Installs, tests and validates automated methods on instrumentation.
Develops quality control procedures to verify accurate liquid handling.
Keeps accurate project records for new and follow up processes to assure adequate trace-ability as well as documentation of development and validation records and instrument status reports. Prepares summaries of work describing new methods and validation.
Communicates effectively to translate client and internal department needs into efficient robotic workflows.
Represents the analytical facility to outside users and visitors in a helpful and professional manner.
Maintains professional relationships with customers and co-workers.
Troubleshoots written automation routines and inoperative RUCDR instruments and communicates expectations for returning inoperable instruments to service.
Monitors instrument performance, provides reliability and downtime data and suggest efficiency improvements.
Home Location Campus: Busch (RU-New Brunswick)
Experience with Biomek, PerkinElmer and Qiagen liquid handlers and extractors is a plus.
Experience in Biology, Biochemistry, or other sciences is a plus.
Previous experience in a molecular diagnostics/regulated (e.g. CLIA, CAP, GxP, etc.) laboratory setting.Automation oriented programmer with 5 or more years of liquid handling and method development experience in laboratory automation with technical expertise and working knowledge in the areas of integration, robotics and conventional liquid handling systems (preferably Hamilton Co. instrumentation).
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
This position has responsibility for implementing changes to instrumentation, innovating novel methodologies to solve difficult robotic problems.
Responsible for independently developing instrument workflows and robotic programming to fit the needs of internal extractions, distribution and analytical teams as well as outside clients.
Proven abilities in understanding and application of automation engineering principles.
Must possess excellent "instant troubleshooting" skills, be able to judiciously evaluate priorities and meet ambitious deadlines.
This individual must possess superior customer service skills and ability to translate client and internal department needs into efficient robotic workflows.
Position requires independent self-starter with effective communication skills and the ability to build and maintain strong relationships with other service groups to coordinate workflows between multiple groups.
Keeps accurate project records for new and follow up processes to assure adequate documentation.
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