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Laboratory Robotics Specialist- Liquid Handling Automation

We are currently seeking a Laboratory Robotics Automation Specialist- Liquid Handling  The position is located in the Influenza Division (ID) of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD), Office if Infectious Disease (OID), CDC at the Roybal Campus, Atlanta, Georgia.
This position is in supporting efforts for pandemic influenza preparedness and in influenza research and development efforts by increasing the throughput of immunological analysis. Relocation support is available for this position.
JOB DESCRIPTION
Laboratory Robotics Automation Specialist- Liquid Handling to provide laboratory support for enhancing laboratory capacity for comprehensive characterizations of human immune responses to influenza viruses. We are seeking an energetic and highly motivated individual to be responsible for the implementation of a complex automated workflow using the TECAN (or similar) liquid handler specifically for Influenza immunological assays. This position is located in immunology and pathogenesis branch (IPB), Influenza Division, Roybal CDC. The purpose of this position is to provide professional support in the mission of the IPB/influenza division with responsibilities for comprehensive analyses of immunological responses to influenza vaccination and infection in humans and research activities leading to improved control of influenza.
PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Implement, maintain, and assist in troubleshooting the automation workflow for highthrouput assays, using complex robotics such as TECAN.
  • Using coding expertise (Tecan uses mainly VBA) to configure and program automated liquid handling instrument to improve the assay throughput while maintaining high quality results.
  • Assist and perform validation experiments with subject matter experts
  • Integrate data outputs into a Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS)
  • Maintain Continuing Education regarding tracking and managing changes in liquid handling methods
  • Assist in SOP documentation
THE FOLLOWING REQUIREMENTS MUST BE MET TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THIS POSITION:

  • BS degree in Robotics Engineering Biomedical Engineering and coding or relative field.
  • Experience (2 Years) with operating robotics, and coding for, and developing methods for automated complex liquid handling systems required. Preferred systems include complex Tecan, Agilent, Perkin Elmer and or Beckman Coulter.
  • Ability to troubleshoot and resolve issues that arise with liquid handling equipment, the coding needed for assay and assay development.
  • Programming and scripting aptitude
  • Good laboratory and organizational skills, the ability to work independently and efficiently is essential.
  • Strong creative thinking and problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to work effectively with other members of a multifunctional dynamic team, ability to handle multiple projects at one time in a fast-paced environment.¬†
THE FOLLOWING IS DESIRED, BUT NOT REQUIRED TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THIS POSITION:

  • Influenza, virology, or immunology laboratory experience is preferred.
  • MS and 2-5 years of relative experience
  • Experience with influenza immunological assays including Hemagglutination Inhibition (HI) and microneutralization assays.
  • Understanding of influenza immunological assays, including hemagglutination inhibition assays and microneutralization assays. Molecular Biology, Biotechnology, Biochemistry or related fields