Laboratory Automation Engineer

Berkeley, CA
Drug Discovery Technology /
Full time /
Are you excited about getting in on the ground floor of a startup company poised to revolutionize small molecule drug discovery? At Kimia Therapeutics we are building a next generation drug discovery engine by combining high-throughput chemistry and screening with state-of-the-art computational approaches to accelerate the discovery of novel drugs. We are seeking passionate team members to help build the future of drug discovery and create breakthroughs for  challenging targets implicated in cancer and immune disorders. At Kimia we look for collaborative teammates who are motivated by our mission and would like to play an impactful role in the growth and success of an emerging pharmaceutical company.

As a member of the Drug Discovery team you will develop and implement cohesive workflows for the integration of high-throughput chemistry and drug screening. Utilizing robotic automation, liquid handling, and assay readout platforms, you will be directly involved with processes generating chemical libraries and in vitro screening data. The ideal candidate is a team player who possesses both experience with translating scientific needs to automated workflows and a deep appreciation for interdisciplinary collaboration.

Primary Responsibilities

    • Development and implementation of protocols for lab instrumentation and robotic platforms
    • Run protocols that produce chemical librariesAdapt in vitro assays to high-throughput workflows
    • Oversee instrument maintenance and troubleshooting and interface with service engineers to maximize operation uptime
    • Evaluate new enabling technologies and provide solutions that improve throughput
    • This position provides opportunities for conducting research in areas of drug discovery

Experience and Skills

    • BS or MS (+7/5 yrs), or PhD, with industry experience high-throughput technologies for drug discovery (i.e: instrumentation, automation)
    • Experience with programming platforms for laboratory automation or robotics
    • Experience with a wide variety of lab instrumentation especially Echo and nanoliter-scale liquid handlers, robotic platforms, scheduling software, and plate readers
$100,000 - $150,000 a year

The anticipated salary range for this position is $100,000 to $150,000. The final salary will be dependent on several factors that may include but are not limited to the type and length of experience within the job, type and length of experience within the industry, education, etc.

On top of base salary, we offer comprehensive benefits, bonus, and equity. If this range doesn't match your expectations, please still apply because we may have another opportunity for you.
We offer a vibrant startup environment where every member of the Kimia team plays an important role in shaping our science and our culture. Kimia offers competitive pay, participation in our stock option plan, and comprehensive benefits. Kimia is proud to be equal opportunity employer and will consider all applicants for employment.

Full vaccination against COVID-19 is a condition of employment at Kimia. If you are unable to receive a COVID-19 vaccine due to a disability, or serious medical condition, or because it would violate your sincerely held religious belief, you will have an opportunity to request a reasonable accommodation.