Postdoctoral Position in Engineering Biology Automation

Gaithersburg, Maryland, close to Washington DC area
The salary offered will be $76 K a year for two years with $2500 travel funds.
February 26 2019
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Postdoctoral Position in Engineering Biology Automation 

We are seeking to hire a PhD-level automation scientist or engineer. The salary offered will be $76 K a year for two years with $2500 travel funds. The person hired for this position will be stationed at the NIST Gaithersburg Campus that is located in Gaithersburg, Maryland, close to Washington DC area. The person hired for this position will help to lead the development of automation-based methods to create a measurement infrastructure for engineering biology. They will work with a multidisciplinary team at NIST to develop new automation methods and to facilitate rapid and flexible adoption of automation systems for a variety of biological measurements. Interested candidates should submit applications, including a cover letter, full curriculum vitae, and names and contact information of three professional references to:;jsessionid=92041B420CE9C318DAF12DEBC7113E74?JOBID=107367

Required qualifications:

  • PhD. in engineering, biology, chemistry, physics, or related field
  • Experience working with laboratory automation systems
  • Experience operating and developing methods for automated liquid handling systems
  • Ability to troubleshoot and resolve issues that arise with liquid handling equipment and other general laboratory equipment
  • Experience with programming languages used for scientific data analysis, including, for example, Python, R, MatLab
  • Basic working knowledge of cell biology or microbiology and demonstrated problem-solving skills, and the ability to identify, manage, and overcome technical hurdles
  • Good communications, laboratory, and organizational skills; the ability to work independently and with a multi-disciplinary team

Desired qualifications:

  • Hands-on experience with high-throughput workflows and working with liquid handling robots and integrated platforms; Adept at utilizing automation to assist with complicated or lengthy workflows
  • Experience with liquid handler programming with the Hamilton Venus language
  • Experience with scheduling software for automated laboratory systems
  • Experience integrating Laboratory Information Management Systems (LIMS) with automated systems and experience with Statistical Process Control, Design of Experiment, or Machine Learning techniques
  • Hands-on experience handling large scale data streams
  • Experience working in or with micro-biology or cell-biology laboratories
  • Experience in cell and tissue culture, high-throughput screening, assay development, and other biological laboratory workflows
  • Ability to quickly adopt and apply new methods and technologies
  • Experience managing and coordinating projects
  • US citizenship preferred

Contact: Kaiming Ye, Prof. and Chair, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Binghamton University, SUNY, Binghamton, NY 13805; email:; Tel (607)-777-5887