Sera Prognostics, Inc., a women’s health care company, is seeking a driven individual for the role of Laboratory Automation Engineer. The Automation Engineer will contribute to the installation, qualification, validation, troubleshooting and maintenance of simple and complex laboratory instrumentation within the laboratories of Sera Prognostics, Inc. This position works closely with the other members of the Technical Services team at Sera to ensure that the existing infrastructure necessary for laboratory operations is operating at its highest possible capacity while maintaining the highest quality results. Additionally, the Automation Engineer will collaborate with the engineering team to develop, deploy and validate new automation technologies processes to meet the company’s future testing requirements.
Assists and works with the other members of the Technical Services Team during the installation, qualification, operation, and maintenance of both simple and complex laboratory instrumentation, including but not limited to:
Liquid chromatography systems
Forced air incubators
Freezers (low and ultra-low) and refrigerators
Water purification systems
Applies laboratory automation experience to the process improvement and troubleshooting of laboratory procedures and workflows
In collaboration with the engineering team, implements solutions to liquid handling robotics, tube labeling and capping, tube and microplate handling, specimen storage, and other lab automation technologies
Implements new barcode labeling and scanning capabilities to achieve 100% complete chain of custody in sample tracking
Identifies opportunities to expedite or improve project completion, develop new projects, or new uses of current technology
Contributes to the criteria and selection of equipment and processes to facilitate the automation of all laboratory testing and needed modifications
Maintains highly detailed, contemporaneous documentation of all activities performed on instrumentation
Assists in assay and testing system validations
Authors validation protocols and reports consistent with company and regulatory validation standards
Reviews and/or authors SOP’s in support of the testing processes
Effectively communicates with engineering staff of instrument vendors
Complies with corporate and safety policies of Sera Prognostics, Inc.
Suggests improvements in efficiencies for laboratory processes or procedures
Bachelor’s in Chemistry, Biology, Medical Technology, Mechanical Engineering or similar.
Effective verbal and written communication
Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
Dexterous and able to use tools
Ability to read, understand and adhere to standard operating procedures
Proficient in the use of computers and basic software packages (Word, Excel)
The ability to work safely in a laboratory environment
Ability to work independently and demonstrate a high degree of personal & professional initiative
Strong organizational/time management; able to manage multiple competing priorities simultaneously
Internal Number: 001LO
About Sera Prognostics
Sera Prognostics was founded to develop diagnostic tests for the early prediction of a woman’s individualized risk of premature birth, preeclampsia, and other pregnancy complications. Sera’s tests are designed to give women and their physicians the power and time to make a difference in maternal and newborn health with individualized treatment and care plans.
The company has completed Its landmark Proteomic Assessment of Preterm Risk (PAPR) clinical study that clinically validated the PreTRM test as highly predictive of preterm birth early in pregnancy. To read more about this study, and its subsequent publication, click here.
The company’s proteomic predictor of premature birth risk—the PreTRM® Test for Risk Management-became commercially available in the U.S. in early 2016.
Our vision is to be a global leader in high-value women’s health diagnostics, delivering pivotal information to patients and physicians that will improve the health of pregnant women and newborns and simultaneously improve the economics of healthcare