Calico is a research and development company whose mission is to understand the biology of aging, and to help people to lead longer and healthier lives. We aim to combine the best biomedical science with cutting edge technology and computing.
Calico is seeking a motivated Laboratory Automation Engineer to join our team. This position will support internal research groups, migrating assays and processes from bench-top to automated liquid handling systems and integrated robotic platforms. Day-to-day tasks will include:
Programming automated liquid handling robots
Working directly with scientists to understand their process requirements and translate workflows onto the automated systems
Training end-users, optimizing processes, and troubleshooting errors
Creating tools that make automated system easier to use, more robust, and add functionality
This work is highly collaborative, and the candidate must be able to work with scientists of all levels and from many different disciplines. Creativity, analytical thinking, and the ability to troubleshoot and solve problems while maintaining a positive attitude are critical to success in this position.
Experience using and programming any automated liquid handling system (e.g. Tecan EVO or Fluent, Agilent Bravo, Beckman Coulter FX/NX, Hamilton STAR or Vantage)
Experience with standard workflows in any of the following fields: microbiology, molecular biology, flow cytometry, high content analysis, high throughput screening, genomics and sequencing, or mass spectrometry
Self-motivated and eager to learn new technologies and techniques
Ability to manage and contribute to multiple concurrent projects and to adapt to changing priorities and requirements inherent in early stage research
BS/MS in science or engineering discipline, minimum 3 years of relevant experience, PhD not required
Additional Preferred Skills and Experience:
Experience with any major programming language (C#.NET, C/C++, Python)
Mechanical design using CAD software and rapid prototyping with 3D printers and laser cutters