Senior Automation Engineer

Cambridge, MA
Oct 08, 2021
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time

Why Join Intellia? 

Our mission is to develop curative genome editing treatments that can positively transform the lives of people living with severe and life-threatening diseases. 

Beyond our science, we live our four core values: One, Explore, Disrupt, Deliver and feel strongly that you can achieve more at Intellia. We have a single-minded determination to excel and succeed together. We believe in the power of curiosity and pushing boundaries. We welcome challenging thoughts and imagination to develop innovative solutions. And we know that patients are counting on us to make the promise a reality, so we must maintain high standards and get it done. 

We want all of our people to go beyond what is possible. We aren’t constrained by typical end rails, and we aren’t out to just “treat” people. We’re all in this for something more. We’re driven to cure and motivated for change. Just imagine the possibilities of what we can do together.   

How you will Achieve More with Intellia

As a Senior Automation Engineer, you will join a small team of engineers whose focus is the integration and ongoing support of a range of automated platforms across the research organization. You will spearhead development as part of a team of engineers to assess the needs of our scientists and automate assays utilizing our collection of liquid handling, sample storage, and fully-automated high throughput platforms. In this role, other key responsibilities include:

  • Working with scientists to develop User Requirement Specifications to coordinate experimental design, validation, and execution of new assays within agreed-upon timelines

  • Designing, implementing, and troubleshooting experiments as they are transitioned from bench to automation, both independently and in collaboration with scientists

  • Integrating workflows with our Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS)

  • Bringing measurable metrics to existing workflows to track performance

  • Continually seeking out new technologies to increase throughput, and improve ease of use to optimize workflows, and improve approachability of our automation to the end users

  • Troubleshooting hardware, software, and user errors promptly and independently

  • Collaborating with our software team to improve traceability and ease-of-use

  • Discussing bottlenecks with the research team, identifying and independently implementing solutions to achieve group and company-wide goals on tight timelines

About You

Are you a natural problem solver? Do you have strong independent troubleshooting skills but have always wondered what it would be like to collaborate with a larger team?  Are you a fast learner who enjoys implementing lab solutions using automation? We are looking for a candidate with a B.S/M.S. in Molecular Biology, Computer Science, or Engineering disciplines with 4+ years of lab instrumentation hardware and/or software experience. The ideal candidate will have concrete programming language experience (Python, Javascript, C++, etc) and at least one liquid handling and/or scheduling software platform (Venus, Cellario, VWorks, GreenButtonGo, EVOware etc) an understanding of LIMS integration, liquid class parameter optimization, and a long track record of solving complex problems in a lab setting.  

Meet your Future Team

You will be joining our Automation team which is part of the broader AEGIS (Automation Engineering, Genomics, Informatics, Screening) team.  You’ll directly report to the Principal Automation Engineer whose small but quickly growing team possesses a wide-ranging set of skills learned over years of varied Biotech industry experience. Given the breadth of applications we support, the candidate will have the opportunity to explore a wide range of areas not just within screening and on existing platforms, but also in exploring new equipment in collaboration with the Chemistry, Process Development and Delivery Sciences teams in support of Intellia’s gene-editing pipeline.

The team is currently working onsite therefore, candidates who apply should be local to Cambridge, MA, or open to relocating. While much of the day-to-day operations require wet-lab work, our team is focused on building not just technical expertise but fostering an environment for the growth of our people and the development of their skills, spanning across engineering, software, and biology. If you join our team, you can expect to join a hardworking and collaborative environment that stays flexible and strives for a healthy work-life balance. We look forward to fostering your skills, learning from your experiences, and building a larger team that will make a difference in patient’s lives.


EEOC Statement: Intellia believes in a diverse environment, and is committed to equal employment opportunity for all its employees and qualified applicants. We do not discriminate in recruitment, hiring, training, promotion or any other employment practices for reasons of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, sexual orientation, marital or veteran status, disability, or any other legally protected status. Intellia will make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with known disabilities, in accordance with applicable law.