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Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Livermore, CA, United States
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Livermore, CA, United States
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Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Livermore, California, United States
18 days ago


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Join us and make YOUR mark on the World!

Are you interested in joining some of the brightest talent in the world to strengthen the United States’ security? Come join Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) where our employees apply their expertise to create solutions for BIG ideas that make our world a better place.

We are committed to a diverse and equitable workforce with an inclusive culture that values and celebrates the diversity of our people, talents, ideas, experiences, and perspectives. This is essential to innovation and creativity for continued success of the Laboratory’s mission.

Job Description

We are looking for an experienced and innovative Bio Automation Engineer to join a multi-disciplinary team pushing the frontiers of automated high-throughput, high-quality and complex biological experimentation to meet the rapidly growing needs of integrated predictive (computational-experimental) bio-design platforms in the lab’s biosecurity, bio-based materials and bio-energy programs. The successful candidate will be embedded in a cross-institution multi-disciplinary team (biologists, chemists, computational scientists) developing custom, state-of-the-art systems automating and scaling common tasks in synthetic and molecular biology. The position is in the Materials Engineering Division within Engineering Directorate.

This position will be filled at either level based on knowledge and related experience as assessed by the hiring team. Additional job responsibilities (outlined below) will be assigned if hired at the higher level.

In this role you will
  • Contribute to all aspects of biotechnology lab automation development from concept, requirements definition, component sourcing and development, optimization, integration/implementation, characterization/validation and operational support.
  • Work as part of multiple, cross functional teams to define requirements and implement robust, scalable solutions for LLNL custom biotechnology workflows, balancing cost, performance and flexibility/modularity.
  • Identify and leverage external capabilities and expertise to address critical platform gaps.
  • Develop innovative liquid/fluid handling, analytic, bioprocessing and automation technology solutions for unmet needs.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Additional responsibilities at the SES.3 level
  • Lead all aspects of biotechnology lab automation development.
  • Independently resolve technical objectives and criteria to satisfy project objectives and execute the appropriate technical approaches.
  • Contribute to the fulfillment of project and organizational goals, mentoring and leading junior staff, sharing relevant knowledge, providing formal guidance and recommendations to project leadership.


  • Masters with 5-7 years of experience or Ph.D.(3+ years of experience) in Engineering (Mechanical, Electrical , Chemical or related field) or the equivalent combination of education and related experience.
  • Proven track-record in leading development of advanced, custom, multi-purpose laboratory automation featuring liquid handlers, robotics, analytical equipment and information management systems integrated with custom elements.
  • Experience with common synthetic/molecular/micro- biology workflows (e.g. gene editing,/CRISPR synthesis, cloning, assembly, sequencing, cell culture).
  • Experience with common bioprocessing (chromatography, filtration etc.) and bioanalytical methods (imaging, mass-spec, cytometry, nucleic acid detection/sequencing, additional omics etc.).
  • Experience with machine learning workflow interfaces is a plus.
  • Comprehensive project management and organizational skills, including the ability to prioritize and work efficiently and effectively under deadlines.
  • Ability to delegate effectively and to lead, motivate, and build highly complex interdisciplinary teams.
  • Proficient written and verbal communication, facilitation, and collaboration skills, necessary to effectively present, explain, influence, and advise senior management and/or external sponsors.
  • Willingness to develop relationships and work with national security sponsors.

Additional qualifications at the SES.3 Level
  • Advanced knowledge in the domains of development of advanced, custom, multi-purpose laboratory automation featuring liquid handlers, robotics, analytical equipment and information management systems integrated with custom elements.
  • Significant experience applying advanced technical knowledge and methodologies to guide the successful completion of technical projects, serving as the primary technical contact, mentoring and/or leading junior staff members.
  • Advanced verbal and written communication skills necessary to effectively collaborate in a team environment and present and explain complex technical information and provide advice to management.
  • Advanced leadership skills and experience leading, supervising and mentoring others in a technical environment.

Additional Information

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.

Position Information

This is a Career Indefinite position. Lab employees and external candidates may be considered for this position.

Why Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory?
  • Included in 2022Best Places to Work by Glassdoor!
  • Work for a premier innovative national Laboratory
  • Comprehensive Benefits Package
  • Flexible schedules (*depending on project needs)
  • Collaborative, creative, inclusive, and fun team environment

Learn more about our company, selection process, position types and security clearances by visiting our Careersite .

COVID-19 Vaccination Mandate

LLNL demonstrates its commitment to public safety by requiring that all new Laboratory employees be immunized against COVID-19 unless granted an accommodation under applicable state or federal law. This requirement will apply to all new hires including those who will be working on site, as well as those who will be teleworking.

Security Clearance

This position requires either no security clearance, or a Department of Energy (DOE) L-level or Q-level clearance depending on theparticular assignment.

If you are selected and a security clearance is required, wewillinitiate a Federal background investigation to determine if you meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information or matter. In addition, all L or Q cleared employees are subject to random drug testing. L and Q-level clearances require U.S. citizenship.

If no security clearance is required, but your assignment is longer than 179 days cumulatively within a calendar year, you must go through the Personal Identity Verification process. This process includes completing an online background investigation form and receiving approval of the background check. (This process does not apply to foreign nationals.)

For additional information, please see DOE Order 472.2 .

Pre-Employment Drug Test

External applicant(s) selected for this position will be required to pass a post-offer, pre-employment drug test. This includes testing for use of marijuana as Federal Law applies to us as a Federal Contractor.

Equal Employment Opportunity

LLNL is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer that values and hires a diverse workforce. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, marital status, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, medical condition, pregnancy, protected veteran status, age, citizenship, or any other characteristic protected by applicable laws.

If you need assistance and/or a reasonable accommodation during the application or the recruiting process, please submit a request via our online form .

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Job Information

  • Job ID: 64805190
  • Location:
    Livermore, California, United States
  • Position Title: Bio-Automation Engineer
  • Company Name For Job: Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
  • Job Function: Engineering and Physical Science
  • Job Type: Full-Time
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