Senior Automation Engineer

insitro inc
South San Francisco, CA
May 16, 2022
Biotech Bay
Required Education
Position Type
Full time
The Opportunity
The heart of insitro’s strategy is the development of novel, cutting-edge methods in machine learning and high-throughput science to address key bottlenecks in the drug development pipeline.
As Senior Automation Engineer, you will design and build key components of our lab platform to generate high quality data for disease modeling and drug discovery. You will provide a systematic approach to automating processes at varying stages of research and development to ensure scalability, sustainability and reliability. You’ll also assess the efficiency and quality of research operations and provide support for continued optimization. You’ll be a mentor to other automation engineers, and share knowledge and engineering best practices. 
You will be joining an exciting biotech startup that has long-term stability due to significant funding, providing many opportunities for significant impact. You will work closely with a talented team, learn a broad range of skills, and help shape insitro’s culture, strategic direction, and outcomes. Join us and help make a difference to patients!

About You
- B.S, M.S, or Ph.D. in natural science or engineering, or 6+ years of relevant work experience
- Substantial experience scripting methods and performing liquid class optimization on OEM robotic systems with a strong preference for Hamilton (STAR/Vantage), Agilent Bravo, and /or PRIME Liquid Handlers
- Experience in systems integration, working with vendors to make modifications to existing software and hardware to enable expanded usage and new features for multiple integrated systems
- Expertise in gathering/creating user requirements process diagrams, system requirements, technical specifications and engineering drawings
- Experience with Green Button Go, Overlord, VWorks, Tempo, or other automation scheduling software
- Solid understanding of the lab automation industry and available tools
- Experience integrating automation systems with LIMS
- Strong communication, organizational, and project management skills 
- Strong analytical and problem-solving skills

Nice to Have
- Expertise with Python, C#, or a similar programming language
- Experience with automated high-throughput screening workflows
- Experience with automated iPSC cell culture systems
- Experience with nucleic acid extraction and library preparation workflows 
- Experience with SolidWorks or CREO
- Experience writing and deploying device drivers to use with automation scheduling software
- Experience with CAD, 3D printing, or other rapid prototyping tools

Benefits at insitro
- Excellent medical, dental, and vision coverage; insitro pays 100% of premiums for employees
- Excellent mental health and well-being support
- Open vacation policy
- Access to free onsite baristas and cafe with daily lunch and breakfast
- Access to free onsite fitness center
- Commuter benefits
- Paid parental leave
- Competitive pay and 401(k) matching
- Flexible work schedule (on site and remote)

About insitro
insitro is a data-driven drug discovery and development company using machine learning and data at scale to transform the way that drugs are discovered and developed for patients. insitro is developing predictive machine learning models to discover underlying biologic state based on human cohort data and in-house generated cellular data at scale. These predictive models can be brought to bear on key bottlenecks in pharmaceutical R&D to advance novel targets and patient biomarkers, design therapeutics, and inform clinical strategy. insitro is advancing a wholly owned and partnered pipeline of biologic insights and molecules in neuroscience and metabolic diseases. Since formation in mid 2018, insitro has raised over $700 million from top tech, biotech, and crossover investors and from collaborations with pharmaceutical partners. For more information on insitro, please visit the company’s website at