Automation Engineer, R&D


Burlingame, CA, US
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Function: Life Sciences QA/QC
  • Post Date: 04/28/2021
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  • Company Address: 831 Mitten Rd, Burlingame, CA, 94010

About Color

Color’s mission is to help people lead the healthiest lives that science and medicine can offer. We launched in April 2015 with a simple, affordable genetic test to help people understand their risk for hereditary cancer. In 2017, we added coverage for hereditary heart conditions. Between them, cancer and heart disease constitute the two biggest causes of death worldwide. In September 2018, we introduced a new health area, medication response, to help people understand how their genes may influence response to certain medications.

Job Description

Recently named Rock Health 'Best Digital Health Company to Work For,' Color is the leader in delivering advanced healthcare through clinical genetics. We make precision health programs accessible, convenient, and cost effective for everyone. Color partners with leading health systems, premier employers, and national health initiatives around the world including the million-person All of Us program by the National Institutes of Health.

We are seeking a highly motivated robotic overlord to wrangle our semi-sentient liquid handling and sample processing robots into submission! The ideal candidate approaches problems creatively and with eagerness; you have probably designed a Raspberry Pi controlled device to needlessly automate some aspect of your life, just because you thought it would be fun! We’d love you to join our R&D team, to design new hardware, to build automated products and to create the world's highest throughput and highest quality molecular biology automation stack.

What You'll Do

Design, build and test automated liquid handling protocols to perform state-of-the-art next generation sequencing and general molecular biology applications.

Invent hardware and consumables to push the capabilities of traditional liquid handling robots to new limits.

Build clinical quality procedures that have the robustness and reproducibility that you’d want to use for your own healthcare needs.

Build vertically scalable automation that utilizes every minute of the work day, and every cubic inch of our clinical lab.

Work with our incredible clinical team to understand the pain-points of existing processes and build new software or hardware tools to streamline and make robots more efficient, and people more effective.


B.S and/or M.Eng in electrical, mechanical, biotechnology or related field, or equivalent industry experience.

Demonstrated domain expertise in liquid handling, lab and/or manufacturing automation.

Utmost attention to quality, detail and the ability to record, track and document development projects.

Strong communication and presentation skills.

Eagerness to learn quickly in new areas.

Nice to Have

Experience shipping code in a clinical production environment.

Experience with next generation sequencing automation.

Familiarity with HSL, C Sharp and Python.

Experience driving innovation in the junction between software, robotics, and genetics.

Note: This position requires sustained work in a laboratory that will be receiving biological specimens that may include viruses for infectious diseases, including the COVID-19 virus (which is known to cause the coronavirus disease). Accordingly, this role involves the risk of infection. Color has implemented appropriate safety policies, training, processes, and equipment as per applicable guidelines.

Color is an equal opportunity employer. In accordance with anti-discrimination law, it is the purpose of this policy to effectuate these principles and mandates. Color prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type and affords equal employment opportunities to employees and applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Color conforms to the spirit as well as to the letter of all applicable laws and regulations.

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