Software Validation Engineer

Agilent Technologies, Inc. Santa Clara, CA

About the Job

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The Agilent Genomics group is an established leader in providing robust reagents and analysis solutions to the next-generation sequencing (NGS) market. Our team remains committed to offering our NGS customers cutting-edge products and workflow solutions through our continued development efforts. We are looking for new team members excited to join our cross-functional program focused on expanding Agilent NGS capabilities. This is your opportunity to actively contribute in a fast-paced environment that encourages learning and expertise in this high-growth industry.

Position Summary/Overview:

We are seeking a software verification and validation engineer to take a lead role in ensuring the quality of Agilent's software for high-throughput genomics assays. Your experience will enable you to collaborate with a cross-functional team to develop and execute rigorous test and validation plans that address algorithmic and data quality alongside software quality issues.

Job Description, Position Roles/Responsibilities:

  • Partner with bioinformatics scientists and algorithm developers to understand analysis workflows and algorithms and understand how to test them including proactively include corner cases that our customers may encounter.
  • Develop Verification and Validation (V&V) and regression tests to ensure that the software product functions per specifications and allows the assay product to meet its specifications. If a specification is not clear or verifiable, engage with marketing, R&D, and quality to clarify.
  • Assist, collaborate and consult with internal and external researchers for analysis of NGS and microarray data to collect "golden" test datasets and identify any data types needed to create a complete test plan.
  • Prepare necessary test documents as part of PLC of a product release, including test plans and protocols, and test reports.
  • Execute tests, including final acceptance testing of the SW with the validation data set for final sign-off before release.
  • Work with product management, ensure that no critical or high-priority issues remain at product release.
  • Follow and advocate Software Development Life Cycle procedures and conformance to FDA regulations and ISO standards.
  • Provide technical/product feedback to R&D and Marketing teams to assist with building the necessary software infrastructure and tools to facilitate product testing. (e.g. Modular code structure for isolated testing).
  • Create comparisons with other standard software applications or open source tools that can be shared with customers upon request.
  • Develop recommendations that can be communicated to customers in designing their validation procedures.
  • Actively seek to improve genomics software quality and in-house analysis pipelines.