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Lead Automation Engineer

Koniku Inc.

Berkeley, California 94710
Job Type:
Employee, Contract
Job Status:
Full Time
Koniku Inc.
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At Koniku, we believe that all laboratory tasks can and must be automated. We will automate all R&D and manufacturing processes within Koniku continuously. A human should do a task no more than twice before a robot handoff. The human moves on to more interesting problems.

Our Lead Automation Engineer (LAE) will develop best in class 'manufacturing/scale ready' processes which combine biological cells with silicon chips. The successful applicant will work in concert with human biotech developers from disparate backgrounds.

The landscape includes integration of commercial laboratory instrumentation with customized hardware and software. The LAE will also oversee the development of a data integrated system which communicates with every seemingly mundane laboratory equipment.


Key Responsibilities

  1. Identify new 3rd party contractors and maintain existing relationships.
  2. Contribute human SOPs standardization to ensure they are future machine readable.
  3. Ensure all new machine/equipment procurements fits into the automation framework.
  4. Deepen Koniku's company-wide commitment to automation which also includes overseeing all R&D electronic records archiving and secure anywhere retrieval.


Basic Qualifications

Minimum of an M.Sc. (or equivalent, we greatly value hands-on experience) in EE, physics, process engineering/control, life sciences, or related discipline.

Experience/Desired Skills

At least 3 years relevant experience with the following:

  1. Practical and deep understanding of data acquisition hardware, industrial automation techniques e.g. sensors controllers, fluidics and so on.
  2. Dealing with unstructured data emanating from varied sources and multiple formats.
  3. Some experience with agile development techniques and building databases is not a must but a giant plus!
  4. Comfortable with constant change.
  5. Extremely comfortable with switching between the "boundaries" which exist between disciplines.

Job Location:

Berkeley California


Conformance with ITAR regulations, including that the applicant must be a U.S. citizen, a lawful permanent resident of the U.S., protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C 1324b(1)(3), or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State.
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