Tessera Therapeutics

Senior Automation Engineer

Cambridge, MA
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The Company:

FL85 is a Flagship-backed, privately held biotechnology company on a mission to transform the current approach to information molecule therapeutics to unlock their full therapeutic potential. In recent years, we have begun to experience the power of information molecules in treating historically undruggable diseases and in designing therapies with unprecedented turnaround times. FL85’s platform integrates nanoparticle development with world-class informatics technologies and a novel pipeline of experimentation and discovery to drive a new generation of highly effective, therapeutically relevant information molecule therapies. We are seeking collaborative, relentless problem solvers that share our passion for impact to join us!

"Flagship Pioneering has conceived of and created companies such as Moderna Therapeutics (NASDAQ: MRNA), Editas Medicine (NASDAQ: EDIT), Omega Therapeutics (NASDAQ: OMGA), Seres Therapeutics (NASDAQ: MCRB), and Indigo Agriculture. Since its launch in 2000, Flagship has applied its unique hypothesis-driven innovation process to originate and foster more than 100 scientific ventures. In 2021, Flagship Pioneering was ranked 12th globally on Fortune’s “Change the World” list, an annual ranking of companies that have made a positive social and environmental impact through activities that are part of their core business strategies."

Position Summary:

FL85 is seeking a highly talented individual to lead the development of automation solutions for the analysis and production of genomic medicines.  This role will be a vital part of the Technical Development team, working with scientists across the organization to adapt key assays and processes onto liquid handlers and other lab automation tools. The successful candidate will have in-depth knowledge and hands-on experience programming and maintaining lab automation equipment.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Design, optimize, and implement novel liquid handler methods for high throughput screening, analytical assays, and production methods
  • Collaborate with scientists to adapt workflows onto liquid handlers and other lab automation tools
  • Author SOPs for automated methods and train colleagues on software tools and equipment
  • Maintain automation equipment, troubleshoot issues, and manage equipment servicing and preventative maintenance
  • Support data collection and sample tracking in an ELN system
  • Explore and evaluate new technologies in automation and liquid handling


  • BS or MS degree in engineering or life sciences, with 6+ years of relevant experience in industry
  • Hands-on experience programming and operating liquid handlers
  • Experience adapting bench level assays to automation protocols
  • Experience working with service engineers to troubleshoot and maintain automation equipment
  • Proven ability to work both independently and on cross-functional teams in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial, and technical environment
  • Proactive in identifying and overcoming problems
  • Excellent analytical and communication skills
  • Comfortable delivering against challenging commitments
  • Experience with Python, C+, or a similar programming language is a plus
  • Experience with CAD, 3D printing, or other rapid prototyping tools is a plus

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