Manager – Automation Engineer
Posted on 6/16/2023

201-500 employees

Blood test cancer detection biotech company
Company Overview
Freenome's mission is to empower everyone to prevent, detect, and treat disease by developing high-quality diagnostic tests. The developing next-generation blood tests powered by their multiomics platform to discover the body’s earliest warning signs of cancer, and develop accessible tests to detect cancer in its earliest, most treatable stages.
San Bruno, CA, USA
Experience Level
Desired Skills
Data Analysis
Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A)
Finance & Banking
  • BS or higher degree in Bioengineering, Biomedical Engineering, Biochemistry, Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or a related field
  • 10+ years of Lab Automation experience in high throughput laboratories
  • 3+ years leading teams of Automation Engineers (preferably within molecular diagnostics building toward an LDT or IVD product)
  • Experience working within an established quality system and following the chance control procedures
  • Solid understanding of lab automation industry and tools available
  • Excellent analytics and troubleshooting capabilities
  • Clear communications skills and ability to lead and work with cross-functional technical teams
  • Lead and oversee a technical team of Automation Engineers to build and implement and maintain automation solutions for the Clinical laboratory at Freenome
  • Lead projects in developing, validating, standardizing, and managing automation protocols and platforms at scale
  • Provide hands on support in the clinical lab for Hamilton and integrated workcell automation workflows
  • Partner with other scientific leaders and executives at Freenome to develop the Automation roadmap and Product Development Strategy
  • Provide systematic approaches to implement automation solutions to enable scalability, sustainability, and reliability
  • Establish milestones and maintain timelines, while working with adjacent functions including Research & Development, Clinical Lab Operations, Tech Transfer, and Engineering to execute on cross-functional projects
  • Lead the development of continuous improvements and standard procedures to prepare the Freenome clinical laboratory to process 1M+ patient samples per year
  • Develop and effective approach to managing Automation Engineers, through motivation and mentoring
Desired Qualifications
  • Technical understanding of lab automation tools used and operation concepts in NGS assays for DNA and/or RNA, including extraction methods and library preparation workflows, and/or proteomics methods
  • Experience integrating LIMS into automation workflows, designing and executing instrument test/validation plans, due diligence for component evaluation and acquisition