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Automation Engineer I/II, Scientific Computing and Bioinformatics, AbSci (Vancouver,WA)

AbSci is a venture-backed biotechnology company located in a new, state-of-the art laboratory in downtown Vancouver, WA, just across the river from Portland, OR. AbSci is a global leader in recombinant protein expression, with a synthetic biology technology platform enabling dramatic reductions in manufacturing costs in the biopharmaceutical industry. AbSci’s technology supports production of both classical and novel biologics, acceleration of drug discovery timelines, and increased efficiency and flexibility throughout the manufacturing process.

Job Summary:

The automation engineer will lead systems automation of lab instrumentation at AbSci, and reports to the Director of Scientific Computing and Bioinformatics.  The candidate will work closely with scientific staff to identify needs and establish metrics for operational quality. The role will also be responsible for integrating instrument data with the LIMS and other in-house systems.  This position reports to the Director of Scientific Computing and Bioinformatics.  The work is highly interdisciplinary and will involve working closely with the internal bioinformatics team, instrument vendors, and staff scientists. The successful candidate will have professional automation experience in a biotech/life science industry.


  • Identify, design, and implement automation strategy and infrastructure to support high throughput workflows.

  • Develop automated workflows for DNA and strain construction, fermentation, protein purification, and analytical chemistry applications.

  • Develop software to drive operation of lab instrumentation and robotic systems.

  • Provide technical leadership and drive best practices for software development, code review, testing, and deployment


  • BS or MS in biology or engineering

  • 2+ years experience with lab automation and scientific workflows

  • Experience developing and optimizing automated laboratory workflows to operate high-throughput protocols using liquid-handling robots.

  • Professional software development experience with Java/C#, Python, and JavaScript preferred

  • Experience with Django 2.0, Angular2+, REST, Docker,  PostgresSQL, AWS, Linux/Unix systems and bash scripting preferred.

  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills.

  • Passion for building a creative company culture that is collaborative, multidisciplinary, and determined to make a transformative impact to our industry



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