Sr Automation Specialist in Lewisville, TX at Quest Diagnostics

Date Posted: 5/29/2022

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    2501 South State Highway 121
    Lewisville, TX
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Job Description




The Senior Automation Specialist plans, prepares and carries out complex automated programming and implementation of a variety of instruments in a laboratory setting. This can include programming and implementation of liquid handling instruments from manufacturers such as Hamilton, Tecan, or Perkin Elmer. The Sr. Automation Specialist prepares reports and analysis of results as related to product/process development improvement. Activities may be focused individual projects or assignments as a member of a project team. This professional makes solid decisions based on experience, see issues before they arise and can troubleshoot problems with minimum supervision. Strong individual drive is required.

Successful performance of job duties contributes to the success of projects in support of product development activities and ability of the project team to meet assigned goals.


  1. Develops, plans, programs, and implements applications for a variety of biotech instruments. This will include, but is not limited to, programming liquid handling instruments from manufacturers such as Hamilton, Tecan, or Perkin Elmer.
  2. Performs applications programming on automated laboratory equipment for a variety of lab groups performing various biochemical and biological clinical assays.
  3. Reports status of assigned projects through the preparation of detailed reports and documentation that summarize results.
  4. Works within established parameters on individual assignments, on project teams for longer-term projects and as a technical leader with other team members.
  5. Identifies problems, investigates alternatives, recommends possible courses of action, and implements as appropriate.
  6. Maintains knowledge of technological developments that may assist in the completion of an assignment or lead to new products, processes or procedures by reading current literature.
  7. Effectively utilizes and applies advanced methods or technologies. Contributes ideas for new product development typically within existing markets.
  8. Responsibilities may include working with infectious materials, supporting and complying with the company hazard waste handling practices.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to make reasonable decisions based on experience and education. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


  • Bachelor's or Master’s degree in Engineering, Biomechanical Engineering, Computer Science, Biology, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology or related scientific discipline.
  • 2+ years of relevant experience with laboratory instrumentation, liquid handlers, robotic instruments, and programming of same.This is not a bench science position.
  • 1+ years experience with complex liquid handler software (e.g. Venus, EVOware) or Scheduling software (e.g. GBG, Cellario)
  • Preferred Experience:
    • PCR, ELISA, Next Generation Sequencing, DNA/RNA extraction, HPLC, Liquid Chromatography, and Mass Spectrometry is helpful.

Ability to read and interpret documents such as professional journals, operating instructions, and procedure manuals. Ability to write complete reports and correspondence. Ability to speak effectively in one-on-one and small group situations.

Ability to apply mathematical concepts to problem-solving situations. Ability to apply mathematical operations to such tasks as frequency distribution, determination of test reliability and validity, analysis of variance and correlation techniques.

Ability to apply commonsense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form. Ability to deal with problems involving several variables in a variety of situations. Comprehensive understanding of automation applications that leads to a quick perception of programming needs.

Knowledgeable in the use of common laboratory equipment and safe chemical handling. Requires a thorough knowledge of related products and technologies gained through developmental experience in an academic or industrial setting. These can include programming liquid handling instruments from manufacturers such as Hamilton, Tecan, or Perkin Elmer. Experience with other robotic or automated solutions will be considered.


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All requirements are subject to possible modifications to reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities. Quest Diagnostics is an Equal Opportunity Employer: Women / Minorities / Veterans / Disabled / Sexual Orientation / Gender Identity or Citizenship.