Senior Automation Engineer at Notable Labs
Foster City, CA, US

 

Why You Will Want to Work at Notable

If you’re an experienced automation engineer and dream about working with the latest tech with other rock star engineers to solve ultra-hard engineering challenges for a worthy and humanitarian mission – treating cancer – then Notable should be your new home.

 

The Notable automation engineering team will be growing significantly in 2022, providing an exceptional opportunity for career development and growth, and we are committed to building a diverse workforce. If you have the right stuff, you will have the opportunity to work on our next generation of robotic laboratories, working at the intersection of software and hardware engineering, automation and robotics technologies, process engineering, product management, and the life sciences – it’s a beautifully complex role that reports to the VP of Engineering. Our compensation package is competitive and complete, with enhancements coming later in 2022.

 

Why We Will Want You to Work at Notable

You are naturally keen to be pushing boundaries, thinking outside the box, applying creative problem solving, and working collaboratively with your engineering teammates and the science teams that drive our research and development. You’re energized AND energizing, feeding our remarkable culture with your enthusiasm for creating sustainable solutions to our technology challenges.

 

You are a dreamer and risk-taker yet committed to delivering your solutions on time. You’re rigorous in your engineering and designs, yet cooperative in their execution. You have exceptional experience and feel for advanced automation scenarios, and you may or may not have an advanced degree – it’s what you know, what you have personally accomplished, and your working style that matter most to us.

 

Position Overview (onsite)

Notable Labs is looking for a senior automation engineer (open to higher levels, principal/staff) to help us develop one of the most impactful pieces of our platform: our robotics-powered laboratories. This is a single-contributor role that can evolve into a manager track. Note: by its nature, this is an onsite role, however some remote work is possible.

 

As a senior engineer on a small team, you will have the opportunity to wear many hats and have an enormous impact as you develop software and integrate hardware into our robotic systems, mentor other engineers, and work with our scientists in the lab with one goal in mind: supercharge the efficiency, accuracy, and stability of our laboratories to find better therapeutics for cancer.

 

What You’ll Do

Automation engineers at Notable are hybrids that help glue multiple disciplines together. The work for this role can vary from week to week, spanning the disciplines of software, hardware, life sciences, program management; you will be coding, building things in the engineering workshop (we have a 3D printer), working with the robotics arms and automation software, fleshing out potential projects, and working with our scientists in the lab. A significant portion of this role involves software engineering, so we’re looking for someone with strong, formal software design and engineering skills and expertise.

 

Responsibilities and Activities:

  • Take complete ownership of new lab automation projects, from beginning to end: requirements gathering, design, development, documentation, delivery.
  • Design, build, and test hardware systems, from 3D printed components to robotic workcells and everything in between.
  • In conjunction with our data engineering and software engineering teams, develop and optimize metrology and QC processes within and across laboratory workflows.
  • Collaborate with scientists to identify areas in our lab processes that could be automated and/or optimized, and design solutions with software, hardware, and/or robotic automation. Optimize how their assays execute within the labs.
  • Provide technical leadership and mentoring to other automation engineers on the team, ensuring their success.
  • Influence adoption of new hardware and software technologies to drive laboratory efficiency.
  • Coordinate cross-functional projects, taking initiative to facilitate communication across teams to clarify requirements.
  • Consistently communicate across teams: ensure stakeholders are kept current on progress, manage expectations, and create an opportunity to raise issues.
  • Play a significant role in reviewing work done by others: code reviews, hardware design reviews, lab protocol reviews.
  • Identify opportunities to improve existing processes and make process changes that positively affect the team.

 

Qualifications

Must have:

  • 5+ years of direct laboratory automation development experience, including robotic arms, automation scheduling software (e.g., Green Button Go, Cellario, Genera, Momentum), liquid handling robots (e.g., Hamilton, Tecan, Biomek), and a general understanding of automation-friendly lab equipment.
  • 5+ years of programming experience in Python, Java, .Net, C/C# and other languages popular in lab automation environments.
  • 4+ years building and using cloud-centric software, processes, and automated processes.
  • Solid experience creating RESTful APIs and writing software to consume APIs and/or developing apps using modern patterns and practices.
  • Process Engineering experience that could include Critical Parameter Management (CPM), Design of Experiments (DOE), Statistical Process Control (SPC), and FAT/SAT/IQ/OQ/PQ processes and operations. Note: while the ideal candidate will have a strong process engineering background, we will consider appropriately skilled candidates without that.
  • Experience with DevOps, automated code testing and deployment, and CI/CD.
  • Experience with IoT/IIoT/factory and manufacturing automation, MES and SCADA software systems.
  • Strong collaborative, team-player attitude: you’ll be working with scientists, handling feature requests, helping with bug reports.
  • Strong technical documentation and communication skills.

Nice to have:

  • Prior experience in an FDA regulated environment, with biopharma and medical device manufacturing particularly relevant and valuable.
  • A degree in biology is a huge plus; at least a fundamental understanding of cell biology is desired but not required.
  • Design with 3D CAD software like SolidWorks, Pro/ENGINEER, OnShape, and prior experience of prototyping parts using 3D printing.
  • Experience mentoring direct reports or interns.
  • An understanding of statistical process control and its application in a lab or manufacturing setting, bonus points for formal training in SPC.

 

What We Offer

  • The opportunity to directly fight cancer, one patient at a time.
  • Collaboration and learning with a truly exceptional set of personnel from diverse backgrounds ranging from biological research, engineering, data science, robotics, clinical medicine, and beyond.
  • Working within a team and company dedicated to both personal and professional growth and development.
  • Highly competitive compensation package.
  • Benefits including health insurance from Kaiser and Anthem, 401(k), flexible vacation policy, and paid lunch.

 

More About Us

Notable is a clinical-stage platform therapeutic company developing a new class of precision medicines: predictive precision medicines.

 

We’ve developed an advanced, high throughput robotic laboratory that screens a multitude of potential therapies against a patient’s own cancer cells to help predict safer and more effective cancer treatments. Focusing on individual patients and existing treatments, we’re working to discover novel uses of drugs and defining mechanisms underlying cancer progression and drug resistance.

Notable’s proprietary Predictive Precision Medicines Platform replicates ex vivo the clinical response of patients to cancer treatments with high fidelity, through its optimized integration of biological assay conditions, dynamic signal analysis, and AI-driven in-silico translation into predictive algorithms. Using its high-fidelity platform, Notable can identify and select clinically responsive patients prior to their treatment and fast-track clinical development in this patient population. Notable has created a targeted, triple de-risked in-licensing strategy and a fast-track clinical development approach that delivers a product’s medical impact and commercial value faster, higher, and more likely than traditional drug development. We have offices and a laboratory in Foster City, in the San Francisco Bay Area.

 

At Notable Labs we value diversity and are an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status, AND we actively encourage those with diverse backgrounds to apply.