Automation Engineer

Intellia Therapeutics

Intellia Therapeutics

Software Engineering
Posted on Thursday, August 24, 2023

Why Join Intellia? 

Our mission is to develop curative genome editing treatments that can positively transform the lives of people living with severe and life-threatening diseases. 

Beyond our science, we live our four core values: One, Explore, Disrupt, Deliver and feel strongly that you can achieve more at Intellia. We have a single-minded determination to excel and succeed together. We believe in the power of curiosity and pushing boundaries. We welcome challenging thoughts and imagination to develop innovative solutions. And we know that patients are counting on us to make the promise a reality, so we must maintain high standards and get it done. 

We want all of our people to go beyond what is possible. We aren’t constrained by typical end rails, and we aren’t out to just “treat” people. We’re all in this for something more. We’re driven to cure and motivated for change. Just imagine the possibilities of what we can do together.   

How you will Achieve More with Intellia:  

As an Automation Engineer, you will join a collaborative team of engineers whose focus is the integration and ongoing support of a range of automated platforms across the research organization. As a gene editing company, our focus is on NGS methods to identify gene editing events in support of the company’s pipeline. You will contribute as part of a team of engineers to turn the needs of our scientists into automated assays utilizing our collection of liquid handling, sample storage and fully automated high-throughput platforms. You will grow your skills in the following areas:  

  • Collaborating to implement liquid handling and sample storage automation across R&D  

  • Optimizing methods to improve throughput, timing, reliability and standardization 

  • Integrating sample tracking and labeling into new and existing workflows  

  • Troubleshooting hardware, software and user errors promptly and independently  

  • Collaborating with Software Engineering and Informatics team to test and troubleshoot LIMS integrations and acting on end-user feedback  

  • Working with scientists to execute experimental design based on user requirement specification  

  • Bringing measurable metrics to existing workflows to track instrument performance metadata 

  • Collecting feedback from end users within the research team to identify pain points and recommend strategies and instrumentation to streamline processes 

About You:  

Are you a natural problem solver? Do you have strong independent troubleshooting skills but have always wondered what it would be like to collaborate with a team? Are you a fast learner who enjoys implementing lab solutions using automation? We are looking for a candidate with a B.S/M.S. in Molecular Biology, Computer Science or Mechanical Engineering disciplines with 3+ years of lab instrumentation hardware and/or software experience. The ideal candidate will have experience with at least one liquid handling scripting and/or scheduling software platform (Venus, Cellario, VWorks, EVOware etc.) and a track record of solving complex problems in a lab setting.  

Meet your Future Team:  

You will be joining our Automation team which is part of the broader AEGIS (Automation Engineering, Genomics, Informatics, Screening) team. You’ll directly report to the Associate Director of Automation whose team possesses a wide-ranging set of skills honed over many years of varied Biotech industry experience. Given the breadth of applications we support, the candidate will have the opportunity to explore a wide range of disciplines within automation - exploring new method development and process improvement opportunities in collaboration with teams in support of Intellia’s gene editing pipeline.

The team is currently working on-site, therefore, candidates who apply should be local to Cambridge, MA or open to relocating. While much of the day-to-day operations require wet-lab work, our team is focused on building not just technical expertise but fostering an environment for growth of people whose skills span across engineering, software, and biology. If you join our team, you can expect to join a hardworking and collaborative environment that stays flexible and strives for a healthy work-life balance. We look forward to fostering your skills, learning from your experiences, and building a larger team that will make a difference in patients’ lives. 

Covid-19 Vaccination Policy: All Intellia employees, regardless of work location, are expected to follow all applicable federal, state, and local public health regulations and guidelines, and are strongly encouraged to follow all public health recommendations, including being vaccinated for COVID-19.

EEOC Statement: Intellia believes in a diverse environment, and is committed to equal employment opportunity for all its employees and qualified applicants. We do not discriminate in recruitment, hiring, training, promotion or any other employment practices for reasons of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, sexual orientation, marital or veteran status, disability, or any other legally protected status. Intellia will make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with known disabilities, in accordance with applicable law.