Senior Automation Engineer at Insitro
South San Francisco, CA, US

The Opportunity

The heart of insitro’s strategy is the development of novel, cutting-edge methods in machine learning and high-throughput biology to address key bottlenecks in the drug development pipeline.  As a Senior Automation Engineer, you will work to design, develop, and implement automation solutions for high-throughput biology protocols and workflows.  You will collaborate with scientists to develop, transfer and validate manual process steps to automated liquid handling and integrated systems. You will work with equipment and system integrators on the design, implementation and support of high-throughput automated platforms.  You will also be responsible for assessing the efficiency and quality of operations to prioritize process improvements and optimizations. In addition, you will help to mentor automation engineers with the implementation of a wide range of technologies, experiment design and the use of systems engineering best practices.


You will be joining as the founding team of a biotech startup that has long-term stability due to significant funding, but yet is very much in the startup phase. Due to the early and exciting phase of growth, there are ample opportunities for significant impact. You will work closely with a very talented team, learn a broad range of skills, and help shape insitro’s culture, strategic direction, and outcomes. Join us and help make a difference to patients!


About You

  • B.S, M.S, or Ph.D. in science, engineering discipline or equivalent experience

  • 5+ years of relevant work experience in academia or in industry

  • Significant experience in developing, optimizing and managing large-scale integrated systems

  • Experience working with vendors to make modifications to existing software and hardware to enable expanded usage and new features for the multiple integrated systems

  • Demonstrated track record integrating assays and automation into efficient processes and workflows

  • Expertise in creating process diagrams, system requirements, specifications and engineering drawings

  • Experience in developing and optimizing new workflows in collaboration with scientists

  • Experience with integrating equipment data with LIMS tools

  • Excellent communication and organizational skills

  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills

  • Familiarity with molecular biology and cell culture workflows


Nice to Have

  • Competent using programming languages such as Python or C#

  • Experience with using SolidWorks or other 3D CAD tools

  • Experience working with automating high-throughput screening workflows

  • Experience working with automated cell culture systems


Benefits at insitro

  • Excellent medical, dental, and vision coverage

  • Open vacation policy

  • Team lunches (catered daily)

  • Commuter benefits

  • Paid parental leave


About insitro

insitro is an exciting startup company that aims to take a new approach to drug development: one with big data and machine learning at its core. We plan to build on the ground-breaking innovations that have occurred in life sciences to develop large data sets that are designed from the start to allow machine learning to address fundamental bottlenecks in the drug development process. Our goal is to cure more people, sooner, and at a much lower cost.

We are fortunate to have the strong support from the top investors in both biotech and tech: ARCH Ventures, Foresite Capital, A16Z, GV, and Third Rock Ventures. We are building a remarkable team that embodies a new type of culture, one based on a true partnership between scientists, engineers, and data scientists. Together we are working to define the problems, design experiments, analyze the data, and derive the insights that will lead us to new therapeutics. Join us, and help make a difference to patients!