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Senior Engineer (Instruments)



Boston, MA, USA
Posted on Friday, May 31, 2024

Level: 4
Salary band: $120,000-$150,000
8% annual bonus (discretionary & performance based)
Working from our Boston Office (possibility for some WFH time)

Automata is building a world-class company to disrupt the life science industry and empower scientists by making automation a reality for every lab.

We work with labs across the world to understand their specific workflows and needs and develop personalised solutions that range from diagnostic, and drug discovery to synthetic biology. Our LINQ platform allows us to simplify everyday automation tasks, while supporting more advanced paths for specialised workflows, in a fast, flexible, and cost-efficient way.

We are looking for a Senior Engineer (Instruments) whose mission is to Help support our Instruments team by delivering critical instrument drivers for our Customers

Why is this role important at Automata?

Automata's engineering team is growing to meet an increased demand in our LINQ automation platform from our customers in the life sciences industry. We need highly skilled and experienced engineers to capture customer requirements and guide our customer projects and Product Engineering teams to suitable solutions at the intersection of hardware and software in the life-sciences automation space.

You will be responsible for:


  • You will support the delivery of our Instrument drivers for our customers

  • You take ownership of entire pieces of work and deliver them

  • You break down large projects into smaller tasks and delegate effectively with other team members

  • Resolves complex challenges

  • Provides reliable problem-solving, identifying and proposing resolutions to critical issues related to a project or area of expertise

  • Suggests alternative solutions to customer problems based on available information


  • Designs and writes the code of software systems as required by the product function

  • Supports users of the software systems with any issues they encounter

  • Writes test scenarios and carries out testing of integrated systems that include software

  • Review the code of peers to ensure software engineering best practices are followed

What it takes:

  • Previous experience with driver development

  • Ideally experience with integrated systems or embedded systems

  • Highly collaborative approach to developing software

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

  • Ideal skills; Python, Protobuf, REST APIs, gRPC, TCP/IP, serial interface

Nice to haves:

  • DevOps

  • Data Integrations

  • Life Sciences

  • Robotics

What gets us excited?

We’re passionate about the future of Technology and Automation and our growing success is built upon like minded individuals who share our passion.

Leading our development and deployment of solutions on our LINQ platform in the life sciences automation space across both robotics hardware and software.

If this sounds like a good fit and has tick the right boxes, you will love having the opportunity to build something that immediately adds value.

US team benefits

  • Healthcare 🩺
    Competitive healthcare for you and your family

  • 401k 💰
    We offer a 401(k) retirement savings plan

  • Well-being budget ☀️
    Invest in your own well-being, personal growth, and hobbies

  • Holiday 🏖
    30 days + 8 bank holidays

  • Additional leave days ☺️
    Time off for dependents,'Me days', birthdays and volunteering days off

  • Birthday trees 🌳
    Planting a tree for every employee on their birthday, every year

  • Paid sick leave 🏥
    10 days paid sick leave to stay home and focus on rest and recovery

  • Mental health support 🧠
    Emotional support tool 'Spill'

  • Career progression frameworks 💫
    Each department & discipline has a progression framework

  • Flexible working ⏰
    Work when and where is best for you

We are an equal-opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. Discrimination of any kind based on race, colour, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status is strictly prohibited.