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Equipment Engineer II

Adaptive Biotechnologies

Adaptive Biotechnologies

Other Engineering
Seattle, WA, USA
Posted on Friday, October 13, 2023

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Position Overview

The Equipment Engineer II supports a fleet of lab and facility equipment and demonstrates emerging strengths in Operations capabilities, without direct supervision. This role may contribute through rapid service response to maintain instrument uptime, development and implementation of continuous improvement projects, deployment and control of laboratory solutions, and/or hardware and software integration of lab and facility equipment with LIMS or other management systems.

Key Responsibilities and Essential Functions

  • Performs preventative maintenance and calibration of complex lab equipment (e.g., liquid handlers, sequencers)
  • Supports hardware and software integrations with software platforms (e.g., LIMS, log management services, schedulers, orchestrators, etc.) with lab equipment (e.g., liquid handlers)
  • Supports Equipment Lifecycle Management processes and procedures by supporting and maintaining equipment records for traceability purposes
  • Participates in equipment and automation development lifecycles, with developing emphasis on specific lifecycle phases.
  • Drives ideation and implements continuous improvement ideas for relevant business and laboratory process step(s)
  • Coordinates routine maintenance and calibration of lab and facility equipment with external vendors and suppliers.
  • May support internal and external audits with review of equipment records and related procedures.
  • Trains end users and teammates with a customer-first mindset
  • Partners cross-functionally to propose and deploy equipment solutions that meet functional requirements and prioritize reliability, scalability, and efficiency.
  • Performs hardware and software integrations with software platforms (e.g., LIMS, log management services, schedulers, orchestrators, etc.) with lab equipment (e.g., liquid handlers) for enhanced capabilities or observability.
  • Supports equipment and automation development lifecycles, with emerging emphasis on multiple lifecycle phases.
  • Serves as a subject matter expert for relevant business and laboratory processes or equipment; drives ideation and implements continuous improvement projects for processes and workflows.
  • Consults and/or analyzes business cases for development and operations using a data-driven approach; may support service contract negotiations.
  • Prepares, reviews and approves documents (e.g., protocols, reports, nonconformances, risk assessments, change control requests) to ensure compliance in Quality environment.
  • Develops training programs for end users and serves as a technical coach or project lead for internal group projects.

Position Requirements (Education, Experience, Other)


  • Bachelors in engineering or science, 5+ yrs. related experience
  • Masters in science or engineering, 3+ yrs. related experience
  • PhD in Science or Engineering
  • Ability to author Standard Operation Procedures (SOPs), equipment and method IQOQ plans and reports, and Change Control Requests (CCRs) and Design Input Requirements (DIRs)
  • Solid customer-first communication skills as a team representative
  • Experience working with commercial off-the-shelf benchtop lab equipment and automated liquid handling platforms (e.g., Hamilton, Tecan, Dynamic Devices, Formulatrix)
  • Ability to troubleshoot and solve engineering problems with structured approaches and suggest improvements (e.g. application of first principles, Lean Six Sigma)
  • Abilities for developing solutions for moderately complex problems, assessing risk and reward of engineering design decisions, using structured methodologies for troubleshooting, and multi-tasking on multiple projects.
  • Experience with laboratory integrations of hardware (e.g. liquid handlers, environmental sensors) with software platforms (e.g., LIMS, log management services, schedulers, orchestrators, etc.)
  • Effective communication skills as a leader of projects and a basic understanding of project management, especially with regards to risk identification and mitigation and adherence to deliverable timelines
  • Ability to gather requirements, optimize processes, and design lab solutions to support the business.
  • Strong record of authoring plans, protocols, and reports for equipment qualification and validation, design input requirements, and specifications consistent with customer needs
  • Experience developing and reporting metrics.


  • Experience 3+ years of using programming languages (e.g., VB, Python, C#, JavaScript) to enhance off-the-shelf functionality of lab and facility equipment; experience with version control systems (e.g, Git).
  • Experience with analytical and data visualization tools (e.g., Tableau, SQL, R)
  • Experience with laboratory operations (i.e. scaling and sustaining)
  • Experience with Agile or DevOps practices
  • Experience with molecular biology techniques (e.g., PCR, NGS, analytical QC)

Working Conditions

  • Working in a laboratory environment with human specimens. Requires training on laboratory health and safety practices, and spill response
  • Might be requested to work off standard hours, weekends and holidays

Physical Requirements

  • Physically able to lift 50 pounds


Salary Range: $99,600 - $149,400

Other compensation elements include:

  • equity grant
  • bonus eligible

Interested in this position, but don’t meet all the requirements? Adaptive is committed to building diverse, equitable, and inclusive teams across our organization. Please consider applying even if your experience doesn’t match all the qualifications; you may be the exact candidate we’re searching for!

Adaptive is not currently sponsoring candidates requiring work authorization support for this position.

Adaptive’s posted compensation information includes a base salary (or hourly rate) range and summary of other available total compensation. The base salary range represents a minimum-to-maximum salary (or hourly rate) available to candidates upon extension of offer. Base salary is thoughtfully considered upon offer and is determined through multiple evaluation checks throughout the interview process, including: a candidate’s ability to meet minimum qualifications (skills/experience/education), a candidate’s ability to thoughtfully address preferred qualifications, current market conditions, and internal pay equity. Listed base salary is exclusive of bonus, commission, equity, differential pay, benefits, and other incentives.

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