JOB #271

Sr. Systems Engineer, Automation

Location: San Jose, CA

Labcyte Inc. seeks a highly motivated candidate to join its R&D team.  This position reports to the Director of Engineering and will be responsible for integration and test of custom laboratory automation systems.  Qualified candidates must be able to work in a cross-functional team in the design, development, manufacturing, delivery, and installation of automated robotic workcells.

Job Responsibilities

  • Work with the Marketing, Sales, and Field Applications to understand customer requirements
  • Provide technical leadership and direction for peers across a wide variety of engineering disciplines
  • Work with outside firms on design and fabrication of subsystems
  • Drive system integration efforts for new devices and layouts
  • Interface with third party device vendors during integration phase
  • Work with and supervise Engineering technicians with assembly and testing
  • Work with Software Developers during driver development and testing
  • Define and execute design verification test (DVT) plans
  • Develop procedures, required tools, and documentation for system test
  • Define, document, and execute Factory Acceptance Test (FAT) for new devices and layouts
  • Train Manufacturing personnel on integration and test procedures
  • Assist Support personnel with customer support escalations

Education, Skills, Experience, and Requirements

  • BS/MS in Engineering
  • 7+ years of experience in the development, integration, and test of automated robotic systems

Skills and Attributes Required

  • Demonstrated ability to integrate life sciences instrumentation in an automated robotic workcell
  • Demonstrated ability to take a systems view which includes scientific workflow, hardware, and software
  • Demonstrated ability to provide technical leadership, decision making, and guidance for a team
  • Demonstrated ability to integrate, test, and troubleshoot automated robotic systems
  • Experience integrating devices using a wide range of technologies using RS-232, USB, Ethernet, etc.
  • Experience with laboratory robots (coordinate systems, motion profiles, teaching, pathing, etc.)
  • Tenacious and deadline driven with superior troubleshooting and problem solving skills
  • Superior PC and Microsoft Windows skills (hardware/software configuration, networking, etc.)
  • Comfortable with Microsoft Office tools (Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint)
  • Analytical, methodical, and detail-oriented in planning, testing, troubleshooting, and analysis
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Experience writing and executing detailed design verification test plans
  • Experience using defect tracking systems with the ability to write clear, concise bug reports
  • Experience using lab measurement tools for electrical, optical, and mechanical technologies
  • Experience writing detailed technical procedures for use by manufacturing and field service
  • Experience interfacing directly with customers and third party vendors

Other Helpful Skills, Attributes, and Experience:

  • Experience writing and debugging PLC ladder logic
  • Experience with SolidWorks
  • Ability to assist in troubleshooting and debugging C++ and/or C# code
  • Ability to assist in troubleshooting and debugging multi-threaded code
  • Experience using relational databases like SQL Server
  • Ability to design test fixtures for measurement and instrumentation
  • Knowledge of chemistry and good lab practices


Candidates only, no recruiters or agencies.

About Labcyte

Labcyte, a global biotechnology tools company headquartered in San Jose, California, is revolutionizing liquid handling. Echo liquid handling systems use sound to precisely transfer liquids. Labcyte instruments are used worldwide by all twenty of the top twenty pharmaceutical companies, as well as by small to mid-size pharmaceutical companies, biotechnology firms, contract research organizations and academic institutions. Labcyte’s customers work across a wide spectrum of biology including drug discovery, genomics, proteomics, diagnostics, imaging mass spectrometry.

Labcyte Inc. is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, status as a protected veteran, or status as a qualified individual with disability.

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