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Robotics Manager

GeneDx Inc

GeneDx Inc

Gaithersburg, MD, USA
Posted on Tuesday, April 16, 2024

The Manager, Robotics will lead a team to deploy and maintain complex automated work cells, and fleets of automated liquid handlers, to support the processing of samples in a clinical diagnostics laboratory environment. This role will assume responsibility for liquid handling equipment and will need to collaborate heavily with the scientific and engineering development teams as well as their laboratory operations customers. In addition to the constant deployment of new instrumentation and a focus on improving equipment uptime, this role will be responsible for partnering broadly to identify, implement, and support continuous improvement efforts to our automated and non-automated workflows to increase the efficiency of our laboratory processes. This is a “hand’s on” role that requires experience in programming liquid handlers. Must be available for on-call evenings and weekends.

Primary Responsibilities

Deploy and maintain fully automated robotic work cells and liquid handling robots

  • Build, motivate, and develop a team of robotic specialists with specializations in liquid handling and equipment support/maintenance in support of a high-throughput laboratory operation.
  • Act as the primary responsible individual while leading a team and coordinating with outside vendors in the troubleshooting all instrumentation, equipment, and control software related issues.
  • Oversee the deployment, testing, qualification (IQ/OQ/PQ), and user training of all liquid handling systems
  • Develop testing and re-validation procedures to rapidly troubleshoot issues and release reliable instruments back to production teams.
  • Develop and improve KPI tracking, and performance related to uptime, team performance, equipment maintenance, SLA adherence, and utilization while collaborating with colleagues maintain consistency in processes and procedures
  • Collaborate with various teams to develop and maintain documentation including SOPs, IQ/OQ/PQ, work instructions, calibration/PM, and training for instrumentation and equipment in a regulated clinical laboratory environment.
  • Ensure workflows are in compliance with FDA, CAP, CLIA and NY State regulations while supporting and acting as the Equipment representative in quality/partner audits
  • Identify, evaluate ROI, develop, and deploy continuous improvements to liquid handling and integrated work cell robots and associated systems with a focus on improving uptime and efficiency
  • Other duties may be assigned


  • BS degree in a Life/Physical Science or Engineering discipline, with 8+ years of related industry experience
  • 6+ years of experience working with laboratory automation and integrated laboratory equipment in a service and support role
  • 1+ years managing a team in a service and support function
  • Experience deploying hardware into a production environment with robust verification/validation requirements (cGMP, CLIA, CAP, ISO 13485/9001) and stringent IQ/OQ/PQ

Knowledge, Skills, And Abilities

  • Expert in providing service and support across a variety of complex instrumentation including: Hamilton, Tecan, Bravo and integrated robotics platforms
  • Ability to write scripts for liquid handling robots and to train others
  • Ability to program and troubleshoot complex robotic scheduling software (Cellario, Overlord, Green Button Go, etc.)
  • Strong mechanical, electrical, and software troubleshooting abilities
  • Ability to effectively communicate and collaborate with scientific, engineering, operations, and regulatory teams as well as external parties
  • Demonstrated success in developing and implementing equipment management and support ticketing systems
  • Strong analytical skills to build/develop/improve KPI monitoring and report data to management
  • Ability to roll up your sleeves and help your team with hands-on troubleshooting

Physical Demands & Work Environment

  • Duties may require working outside normal working hours at times (onsite and remotely) to keep our facility running and coordinate with your team
  • This position requires the ability to use a computer keyboard, communicate over the telephone and read printed material.
Pay Transparency, Budgeted Range
$120,000$135,000 USD


Science - Minded, Patient - Focused.

At GeneDx, we create, follow, and are informed by cutting-edge science. With over 20 years of expertise in diagnosing rare disorders and diseases, and pioneering work in the identification of new disease-causing genes, our commitment to genetic disease detection, discovery, and diagnosis is based on sound science and is focused on enhancing patient care.

Experts in what matters most.

With hundreds of genetic counselors, MD/PhD scientists, and clinical and molecular genomics specialists on staff, we are the industry’s genetic testing experts and proud of it. We share the same goal as healthcare providers, patients, and families: to provide clear, accurate, and meaningful answers we all can trust.


From sequencing to reporting and beyond, our technical and clinical experts are providing guidance every step of the way:


  • High-quality testing: Our laboratory is CLIA certified and CAP accredited and most of our tests are also New York State approved.
  • Advanced detection: By interrogating genes for complex variants, we can identify the underlying causes of conditions that may otherwise be missed.


  • Thorough analysis: We classify variants according to our custom adaptation of the most recent guidelines. We then leverage our rich internal database for additional interpretation evidence.
  • Customized care: Our experts review all test results and write reports in a clear, concise, and personalized way. We also include information for research studies in specific clinical situations.
  • Impactful discovery: Our researchers continue working to find answers even after testing is complete. Through both internal research efforts and global collaborations, we have identified and published hundreds of new disease-gene relationships and developed novel tools for genomic data analysis. These efforts ultimately deliver more diagnostic findings to individuals.

Learn more About Us here.


Benefits include:

  • Paid Time Off (PTO)
  • Health, Dental, Vision and Life insurance
  • 401k Retirement Savings Plan
  • Employee Discounts
  • Voluntary benefits

GeneDx is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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