Tempe, Arizona (US)
$47,200-$65,000 per year
January 13 2021
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type
Job Type

Automation Engineer Associate

Arizona State University

ASU Biodesign

Campus: Tempe


Job Description

ASU Biodesign Clinical Testing Laboratory (CTL) within the Knowledge Enterprise is seeking a talented full-time Automation Engineer Associate to join their growing support team. As the Automation Engineer, you would be working with minimal supervision to diagnose, troubleshoot, and repair clinical automation instruments. you will also install, calibrate, validate, and coordinate the movement of sensitive equipment between laboratory sites as well as provide training, staff support, and development consulting in a heavily automated and regulated high complexity clinical testing lab. Excellent verbal and written communication skills and attention to detail are critical for this position.

Salary Range:

$47,200 - $65,000 per year; DOE

Close Date:


Essential Duties:

  • Develops and services integrated automated assay systems including motion control/robotics, electrical circuits, fluidic/pumping systems, and optical components.
  • Assists with the training, maintenance, and use of automated assay equipment in a clinical diagnostic setting
  • Set-up/installation, calibration, qualification, and documentation of complex equipment
  • Decontamination and tear-down of complex equipment
  • Interfaces with equipment manufacturers to source equipment or procure parts
  • Provides routine and emergency maintenance of complex, critical equipment
  • May supervise, coordinate, or monitor activities of subordinates
  • May coordinate the activities of co-workers to replicate or resolve errors
  • Maintains records and documents in a manner compliant with all regulatory requirements
  • Audits work products and efforts
  • Assists in developing corrective action preventative action (CAPA) plans

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor's degree in Engineering or related field AND two (2) years of engineering or related experience; OR, Any equivalent combination of experience and/or education from which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieved.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Evidence of a degree in Biomedical, mechanical, and electrical disciplines 
  • Experience with Beckman Coulter Biomek liquid handling platform highly valued
  • Experience with VBA, Jscript, or similar language preferred
  • Experience automating tasks and confronting the challenges of translating and scaling high-throughput laboratory processes
  • Experience as a field service engineer or field applications specialist is highly valued.
  • Experience in a biological wet lab valued.
  • Experience coordinating the troubleshooting and repair of multi-system equipment
  • Experience providing advice and assistance in the maintenance of a wide variety of instruments with a preference for: Automated liquid handling platforms (Biomek preferred), Bead purification, RT-qPCR, Multi-mode Spectrophotometry
  • Experience in articulating complex engineering topics to individuals with minimal technical knowledge
  • Experience in reading and deciphering schematics, Electrical/Fluidic/Mechanical
  • Demonstrated knowledge of molecular biology
  • Demonstrated knowledge with common clinical molecular diagnostic platforms and assays (qPCR, ELISA, NGS) 
  • Demonstrated knowledge with highly regulated environments, GMP, GLP, CLIA, CAP preferred
  • Experience in operating in a fast pace environment and adapt as priorities evolve
  • Evidence in: learning from mistakes, accepting new challenges, and constantly developing further knowledge at the interface of translational science and automation

Working Environment:

  • Activities are performed in an environmentally controlled office setting subject to periods of sitting, keyboarding, and manipulating a computer mouse
  • Required to stand for varying lengths of time and walk moderate distances to perform work
  • Frequent bending, reaching, lifting, pushing, and pulling up to 50 pounds
  • Working while wearing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) will be required and provided by the department. 
  • Regular activities require the ability to quickly change priorities, which may include and/or are subject to resolution of hazardous materials incidents
  • Clearly communicate to perform essential functions

Department Statement:

For the fifth year in a row, ASU has been named the most innovative school in the nation, recognizing the university's culture of groundbreaking research and partnerships, as well as its commitment to helping students thrive in college and beyond. U.S. News and World Report have named ASU as the most innovative university in all five years the category has existed.

ASU Knowledge Enterprise advances research, innovation, strategic partnerships, entrepreneurship, and international development. Our success arises from solutions-focused, interdisciplinary research; an entrepreneurial approach that is embedded in every school and department; and a commitment to transform society in a positive way.

ASU Statement:

Arizona State University is a new model for American higher education, an unprecedented combination of academic excellence, entrepreneurial energy and broad access. This New American University is a single, unified institution comprising four differentiated campuses positively impacting the economic, social, cultural and environmental health of the communities it serves. Its research is inspired by real world application blurring the boundaries that traditionally separate academic disciplines. ASU serves more than 80,000 students in metropolitan Phoenix, Arizona, the nation's fifth largest city. ASU champions intellectual and cultural diversity, and welcomes students from all fifty states and more than one hundred nations across the globe.

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Fingerprint Check Statement:

This position is considered safety/security sensitive and will include a fingerprint check. Employment is contingent upon successful passing of the fingerprint check.

Instructions to Apply:

Application deadline is 3:00PM Arizona time on the date indicated.

Please include all employment information in month/year format (e.g., 6/88 to 8/94), job title, job duties and name of employer for each position.

Resume should clearly illustrate how prior knowledge and experience meets the Minimum and Desired qualifications of this position.

ASU does not pay for travel expenses associated with interviews, unless otherwise indicated.

Only electronic applications are accepted for this position.

IMPORTANT NOTE: What is the meaning of “equivalent combination” in the minimum qualifications? It means one year of higher education or 24 credit hours, is equal to one year of experience. For example, a four year Bachelor’s degree is equal to four years of experience.

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