Quest Diagnostics
Laboratory Automation Engineer
At a glance
Location: US-TN-Memphis Map
Posted: 08/14/2019
Closing: 09/13/2019
Degree: Not Specified
Type: Full-Time
Experience: Not Specified
Quest Diagnostics
Job description

Look for more than answers.

At Quest, we are on a continuous journey of discovery and development. It’s this attitude that has made us an industry leader and the #1 Diagnostic Lab in the US. For those joining us, we offer exciting and fast moving career opportunities where you can affect change at a rate unheard of in many organizations of our size and scope. While we invest in and develop technology to drive our innovations, our ongoing success relies on our people.

As a Laboratory Automation Engineer, you will work for the world leader in the industry, with a career where you will have the opportunity to collaborate and affect change while expanding your leadership skills and technical knowledge. You can make a real impact in a market that is growing and developing.

This professional will work from our location in Memphis, TN.

Laboratory Automation Engineer – the role:


The Laboratory Automation Engineer is responsible for successful implementation, calibration and validation of new equipment and processes in the laboratory. The Laboratory Automation Engineer also assists in the transfer of newly developed assays from the development stage to routine practice in the laboratory in a manner that is consistent with the goals of Quest Diagnostics and in compliance with the Quality Management System. Critical to the role is ensuring compliance with regulatory standards, laws and requirements of requisite agencies by employing appropriate systems/processes.

Job responsibilities:

  • Responsible for the tracking and completion of all equipment servicing, calibrations and certifications by keeping the equipment database up to date and working with vendors and internal engineers to ensure all equipment servicing is completed in a timely manner

  • Applies laboratory automation experience to the process improvement and troubleshooting of laboratory procedures and workflows at the Memphis facility. 

  • Contributes to the criteria and selection of equipment and processes to facilitate the automation of all laboratory testing and needed modifications

  • Validates and implements automated solutions (third party and custom) for the automation of the T-Spot systems that will enable rapid and efficient capacity scale-up, using laboratory robotics.

  • Contributes to process engineering projects and validation requirements in the T-Spot laboratory, accessioning, tube labeling, tube sorting, cell counting and assay plate imaging.

  • 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.

  • Authors validation protocols and reports consistent with company and regulatory validation standards.

  • Executes instrument correlations.

  • Ensures that conclusions in written reports reflect the data presented and reports are of the highest quality.

  • Reviews and/or author SOP’s in support of the testing processes.

To qualify, the ideal candidate will have the following skills and experience:

  • BS in Engineering or life sciences, preferably Biotechnology or Biochemistry, or related experience

  • 5+ years of work experience in a laboratory setting.

  • 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, instrumentation and scientific field

  • Must have experience with automation and instrumentation (implementation and troubleshooting)

  • Previous experience in liquid handling automation, tube labeling and scanning, sample handling automation, and integrated robotic systems is highly desirable.

  • Previous experience with mag bead purification technology, PCR, DNA Extractions IFA, microscopy and imaging, immunological assays, T cell activation assays, Elisa, cell counting, cell assays, cell cultures is also desirable.

  • Ability to work independently and demonstrate a high degree of personal & professional initiative

  • Problem solving ability - able to develop creative, practical solutions that meet business objectives

  • Ability to work in a global, multicultural collaborative team environment

  • Strong organizational/time management; able to manage multiple competing priorities simultaneously

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

  • Familiarity with Quality System concepts and CLIA requirements.

  • Shows proactivity in identifying and then overcoming problems.

  • Knows how their role fits in with the whole process

  • Takes responsibility for delivering the required results to the required standards

  • Acknowledges the importance of high standards and works to get things right first time every time

Apply Today

Join us for competitive benefits and development opportunities in a progressive and supportive environment. Help us improve our service, and the experiences of our patients and colleagues. Work with us and together we can be better.

Your Quest career. Seek it out.

All requirements are subject to possible modifications to reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities. Quest Diagnostics is an Equal Opportunity Employer: Women / Minorities / Veterans / Disabled / Sexual Orientation / Gender Identity or Citizenship.

Laboratory Automation Engineer