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Automation Scientist



Austin, TX, USA
Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2024


The Automation Scientist within the Platform group will join a tight-knit and cross-functional team of scientists and engineers who are tasked with developing a scalable and robust platform upon which the next generation of Natera clinical assays will be based. They will contribute to the design and development of fully automated workcells, write custom software for the seamless and robust functioning of robotic systems, and work to integrate a variety of in-house and off-the-shelf software solutions.

We are looking for a candidate who is passionate about the application of robotics to biology, believes that laboratory automation is more than just the walk-up application of liquid handlers, and most of all is excited about being at the forefront of clinical testing and having their work used in the clinical care of millions of patients.


  • Design, develop, build, and test systems that integrate software, automation, and biology into a robust and scalable clinical genomics assay platform.
  • Work closely with assay development scientists to build high-scale and robust workflows.
  • Interface with internal software development teams to ensure the seamless integration of LIMS with automation software stack.
  • Communicate with external vendors to design custom hardware solutions and integrate external software.
  • Lay the foundation and architecture for fully-automated laboratory systems at Natera.
  • Work with team members at the assay prototype stage to ensure that chemistry and laboratory hardware are optimally designed.


  • BA/BS or MS in Biomedical Engineering or Mechanical Engineering (or similar field),
  • 3 or more years of full-time experience in automation and systems development for the life science industry.
  • Demonstrated track record of shipping complex automation projects in production.
  • History of development and/or verification and validation for a molecular screening or diagnostic product a plus.


  • Ability to integrate a variety of instruments, such as liquid handlers, plate readers, and plate-handling robotics.
  • In-depth experience with automation scheduling software such as Cellario, Green Button Go, Genera, etc.
  • Experience working with LIMS systems integration.
  • Software development experience, or familiar with software development practices.
  • Comfortable working with a variety of internal teams, and managing relationships with external contractors.
  • Experience in programming and operating liquid handlers (Beckman, Tecan, Hamilton, etc). a plus.
  • Strong project management skills, organizational skills, and written and verbal communication skills.


Natera™ is a global leader in cell-free DNA (cfDNA) testing, dedicated to oncology, women’s health, and organ health. Our aim is to make personalized genetic testing and diagnostics part of the standard of care to protect health and enable earlier and more targeted interventions that lead to longer, healthier lives.

The Natera team consists of highly dedicated statisticians, geneticists, doctors, laboratory scientists, business professionals, software engineers and many other professionals from world-class institutions, who care deeply for our work and each other. When you join Natera, you’ll work hard and grow quickly. Working alongside the elite of the industry, you’ll be stretched and challenged, and take pride in being part of a company that is changing the landscape of genetic disease management.


Competitive Benefits - Employee benefits include comprehensive medical, dental, vision, life and disability plans for eligible employees and their dependents. Additionally, Natera employees and their immediate families receive free testing in addition to fertility care benefits. Other benefits include pregnancy and baby bonding leave, 401k benefits, commuter benefits and much more. We also offer a generous employee referral program!

For more information, visit www.natera.com.

Natera is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are committed to ensuring a diverse and inclusive workplace environment, and welcome people of different backgrounds, experiences, abilities and perspectives. Inclusive collaboration benefits our employees, our community and our patients, and is critical to our mission of changing the management of disease worldwide.

All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply, and will be considered without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, age, veteran status, disability or any other legally protected status. We also consider qualified applicants regardless of criminal histories, consistent with applicable laws.

If you are based in California, we encourage you to read this important information for California residents.

Link: https://www.natera.com/notice-of-data-collection-california-residents/

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For more information:
- BBB announcement on job scams
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