Open Position

Process Engineer


Phylagen, Inc. is a data analytics company leveraging artificial intelligence (AI) to harness the vast, unseen world of microbiomes. The environmental microbiome consists of trillions of interacting bacteria, fungi, and pollen collectively present in dust that inhabit every inch of the world. They not only influence our health and well-being, they also provide information about the origin of objects and raw materials.

Phylagen is building a data platform by digitizing the DNA of microbiomes found in a place or on an object and creating a unique, identifiable fingerprint. This fingerprint is then applied to a variety of solutions in global supply chains for customers ranging from farmers to retail brands to governments. Phylagen’s mission is to turn dust into data thereby promoting a new level of global supply chain transparency using the environmental microbiome as a data platform.

About the Job

Do you enjoy pushing technology to grow from early stage prototype to polished product? Phylagen is seeking a Process/Automation Engineer to lead our sampling and lab protocol scaling efforts. In this role, you will lead Phylagen’s lab automation and consumable design. While a member of the Genomics team, you will work closely with the commercial and informatics teams to build a system from sample to sequencer which scales with business volume and is flexible to unique customer requests.


  • Scale Phylagen’s evolving sample collection and lab processes to enable explosive growth of the business

  • Automate existing and future lab protocols to meet volume demands using lab automation systems

  • Collaborate with our commercial, informatics, and lab teams to design scalable sampling systems

  • Work cross-functionally within Phylagen, and with external vendors to identify and/or develop any consumables required for process scaling

  • Integrate consumables and information tracking systems with lab processes


  • At least 5 years of hands-on lab automation or systems engineering experience

  • Deeply familiar with Next Generation Sequencing systems, PCR and molecular biology lab techniques

  • Experience scaling sequencing as a service

  • Comfortable managing external vendors and contractors

  • Experience with consumable design

  • Ability to have a high-level view of projects while doing hands-on work

  • Strong communicator

  • BS or higher in relevant science, engineering, or technology field

  • Proven ability to lead automation projects

  • Prior experience in an early-stage start-up or rapidly growing environment