Automation Engineer II/III



Software Engineering
San Diego, CA, USA
Posted on Friday, June 14, 2024

At Veracyte, we offer exciting career opportunities for those interested in joining a pioneering team that is committed to transforming cancer care for patients across the globe. Working at Veracyte – whether it be in one of our labs, corporate offices, the field – enables our employees to not only make a meaningful impact on the lives of patients, but to also learn and grow within a results-driven environment that values innovation, collaboration, and compassion.

The Position:

We are looking for a highly motivated individual to join the Product Development Team as Automation Engineer II/III. This exciting and challenging role is primarily responsible for programming, developing, optimizing, integrating, and validating liquid handling automation (Hamilton) methods towards implementation of molecular LDT assays in a CLIA laboratory.

**This is an onsite role based in San Diego.


  • Work with the automation, Product Development, and Clinical Operations teams to design, program, integrate, and verify new automated workflows utilizing liquid handling instruments.
  • Leverage molecular assay experience to translate test procedures from manual to robust automated high throughput formats.
  • Provide technical support during automation equipment LIMS integration testing.
  • Collaborate with multi-functional teams to transfer processes to the clinical lab.

Who You Are:

You possess experience in manual and automated (preferably Hamilton) molecular assays; experience with microarray target prep, NGS library prep, and RNA/DNA Isolation. You possess the ability to develop robust automated laboratory workflows that facilitate the productivity of a high throughput molecular diagnostics CLIA laboratory. We would like you to share our commitment to teamwork and collaboration and be excited by the challenges of applying your expertise to an important, emerging area in diagnostics.

  • BS or higher in Engineering, Biology, Microbiology, Biochemistry, or related field.
  • 3+ years of experience in assay automation on liquid handlers, preferably Hamilton liquid handlers.
  • Experience working in a regulated, high throughput clinical laboratory (CLIA/CAP).
  • Strong understanding of standard molecular laboratory techniques such as PCR, RNA/DNA isolation, microarray, and next-generation sequencing library preparation.
  • Demonstrated experience working with R&ND/Product Development/Automation groups to deliver automated assays/workflows to a clinical laboratory.
  • Applied knowledge of root cause analysis and experience with troubleshooting automated molecular assays.
  • Ability to collaborate with various other groups including R&D scientists, clinical lab staff, software, QA as well as external vendors.

The final salary offered to a successful candidate will be dependent on several factors that may include but are not limited to the type and length of experience within the job, type and length of experience within the industry, education, etc. Base pay is one part of the Total Package that is provided to compensate and recognize employees for their work, and this role may be eligible for additional discretionary bonuses/incentives, and restricted stock units. Veracyte is a multi-state employer, and this salary range may not reflect positions that work in other states.

Pay range
$76,000$104,500 USD

What We Can Offer You

Veracyte is a growing company that offers significant career opportunities if you are curious, driven, patient-oriented and aspire to help us build a great company. We offer competitive compensation and benefits, and are committed to fostering an inclusive workforce, where diverse backgrounds are represented, engaged, and empowered to drive innovative ideas and decisions. We are proud to have been named a “Bay Area Top Workplace” for ten years in a row by the Bay Area News Group and “Best Places to Work in San Diego” in 2023 by the San Diego Business Journal.

About Veracyte

Veracyte (Nasdaq: VCYT) is a global genomic diagnostics company that improves patient care by providing answers to clinical questions, informing diagnosis and treatment decisions throughout the patient journey in cancer and other diseases. The company’s growing menu of genomic tests leverage advances in genomic science and technology, enabling patients to avoid risky, costly diagnostic procedures and quicken time to appropriate treatment. The company’s tests in lung cancer, prostate cancer, breast cancer, thyroid cancer, bladder cancer and idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis are available to patients and its lymphoma subtyping and renal cancer tests are in development. With Veracyte’s exclusive global license to a best-in-class diagnostics instrument platform, the company is positioned to deliver its tests to patients worldwide. Veracyte is based in South San Francisco, California. For more information, please visit and follow the company on X (Formerly Twitter).

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