Laboratory Automation Engineer

Sera Prognostics, Inc. is a women’s health diagnostics company dedicated to improving the health of babies and mothers.  We are seeking a highly successful Laboratory Automation Engineer for our CLIA/CAP/NYDOH accredited laboratory based in Salt Lake City. The Automation Engineer will develop and maintain automated processes on standalone and integrated analytical and liquid handling systems.



  • Applies laboratory automation experience to the process improvement and troubleshooting of laboratory procedures and workflows
  • In collaboration with the rest of 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
  • Train and mentor other members of the Laboratory Instrument and Systems Engineering team


Salt Lake City, Utah

Reporting Relationship

The Laboratory Automation Engineer will report to the SVP Laboratory Operations.  This position may have direct reports.


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This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee. Other duties, responsibilities and activities may change or be assigned at any time with or without notice.


  • Prior experience with laboratory automation and instrumentation (method development, programing, implementation, and troubleshooting)
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills
  • 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
  • Problem solving ability - able to develop creative, practical solutions that meet business objectives
  • Familiarity with Quality System concepts and CLIA, CAP requirements
  • Shows proactivity in identifying and then overcoming problems

Preferred Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s in Chemistry, Biology, Medical Technology, Mechanical Engineering or similar
  • 3-5 years of experience working in a clinical diagnostic or pharmaceutical discovery or development laboratory
  • Skilled with Excel, VBA, VB.Net, C#, C+ or other programming language
  • Analytical skills necessary to plan for, design or enhance highly‑complex systems and programs, resolve problems requiring a comprehensive and state‑of‑the‑art awareness of automation solutions and instrumentation in the proteomics and diagnostic testing
  • Previous experience in liquid handling automation, tube labeling and scanning, sample handling automation, and integrated robotic systems (especially Hamilton or Tecan systems) is highly desirable
  • Experience working in a regulated laboratory environment (CLIA, CAP, NYDOH, FDA, ISO)



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