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South San Francisco, CA

Automation Protocol Development Scientist

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Position description

Counsyl is looking to add an innovative member to their Automation Team.

What you'll do:

  • Automate biological sample handling processes in a state-of-the-art medical diagnostics facility
  • Design and execute experiments with the aim of qualifying new and existing protocols for use in a high-throughput automated lab
  • Work closely with multidisciplinary teams to develop and validate new processes
  • Create analytical methods and help these across both development and production environments
  • Maintained expertise on alternate methods, techniques and best practices used in the field; routinely benchmarked process performance
  • Evaluated critical tradeoffs and make decisions on resource requirements, allocations; setting high-level initiative goals
  • Handle multiple projects, seeing obvious overlaps to make new product transfer more efficient and standardized
  • Support production activities. Offer insight into troubleshooting methodology and problem resolution with complex instrumentation, systems or processes.
  • Ensure all work and results are recorded suitably for regulatory compliance
  • Aid software integration of all the products and protocols you develop: In a large-scale, distributed, fully-automated genome factory, centralization of data is critical.
  • Supervise and train junior team members in good science and laboratory practices
  • Work with Counsyl’s custom robotic platforms and learn what it means to be on the bleeding edge of technology
  • Assist in applying cutting edge technology to quite literally save lives

About you:

  • Masters or PhD in Life Sciences (preferably Molecular Biology), with significant experience planning, researching, and developing laboratory processes
  • 10 + years of experience doing bench science, with extensive experience transferring products and/or processes from the lab to a production environment
  • 5 + years of working with laboratory automation and robotics, with detailed knowledge of various liquid-handling platforms
  • Fully integrated manufacturing cells are not new to you, and you have made substantial improvements to such by the targeted introduction of key instrumentation
  • You recognize quickly when you see a superior automation solution and are not afraid to suggest or incorporate changes to process steps
  • You’ve written analytical tools for others to use, and have carefully explained the limitation of such tools due to the approximations made
  • Testing and validation documentation, particularly under constrained regulatory oversight, is not new to you
  • You are aware of the ‘state of the art’ in lab automation, and always on the lookout for the next best instrument / software tool
  • You have worked independently for most of you career, and have been critical to guiding teams through complex investigations.Y
  • ou have enjoyed the supervision, mentorship and leadership of a broad team of scientists / engineers
  • Any project management experience is a bonusT
  • he prospect of a fully automated genome factory gets you excited
  • Robots work 24/7, you believe you can do betterYou want to experience the rise of a startup from the inside, and want to learn everything you don’t yet know to perform optimally in a fast-paced environment

About Counsyl

Counsyl is a health technology company that offers DNA screening for diseases that can impact men, women and their children. The Counsyl philosophy is simple: screen for diseases where advanced knowledge makes a difference in health outcomes, whether it’s changing a behavior, pursuing preventative measures, or simply preparing for what lies ahead.

The Counsyl team includes an accomplished group of problem-solvers — top engineers, scientists, and designers — who are taking the lead on building the modern clinical laboratory. Scientific rigor, custom robotics, and software are at the heart of every Counsyl product, resulting in better, faster and more affordable screens that are broadly accessible. Beyond the laboratory, Counsyl offers doctors and patients a technology platform for results delivery in real time, with on-demand access to board-certified genetic counselors.

Counsyl has screened more than 600,000 patients and served more than 6,000 health care professionals in its CLIA-certified, CAP-accredited and NYS CLEP-permitted clinical laboratory. The company has raised a total of $102 million and is privately backed by Pilot Growth Equity, Goldman Sachs Asset Management, Founders Fund, Felicis Ventures, David Drummond, and other high profile investors.

Interview process

Counsyl is driven by some of the brightest people in the industry. Our interview process is geared to ensure that we continue to hire the very best.

Our interview process is composed of practical and situational interviews in a series of settings spanning Skype, practical exams, and in-person meetings. Our goal is to gauge both your ability to succeed in the first 90 days as well as your capacity to scale with us as we grow.

Why Counsyl?

Throughout it all, we are looking to understand why you are driven to be a part of our company. Specifically, we want to know how you identify with our mission and will contribute to our team.

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