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Software Validation Lead – Genomics

Company: Agilent
Location: Santa Clara
Posted on: September 12, 2021

Job Description:

Agilent inspires and supports discoveries that advance the quality of life.  We provide life science, diagnostic and applied market laboratories worldwide with instruments, services, consumables, applications and expertise.  Agilent enables customers to gain the answers and insights they seek –– so they can do what they do best: improve the world around us.  Information about Agilent is available at


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 groundbreaking products and workflow solutions through our continued development efforts. We are looking for new team members excited to join our multi-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.

We are seeking a lead verification and validation engineer specialized in the analysis of genomic data generated using Agilent’s high-throughput technologies (NGS, Microarrays, CRISPR, guideRNA, and others).

The responsibilities will include planning, organizing, and owning the execution of verification and validation (V&V) of bioinformatics pipelines and software solutions for products within Agilent Genomics. The position will be a hands-on role, with responsibility to lead offshore team members supporting the execution.



  • Partner with algorithm and Software (SW) developers and domain specialists (including molecular biologists) in designing and improving (V&V) and regression tests to ensure that the product functions per specifications.
  • Represent the V&V function in cross-functional core teams as assigned
  • Work with Marketing to ensure specifications are clear and verifiable
  • Work with R&D bioinformatics scientists and algorithm developers to understand analysis workflows together with the algorithms involved to define testing strategies including comprehensive coverage of customer use cases.
  • Ensure proper test data sets are generated (either in-house or with collaborators) to perform V&V.
  • Create formal validation reports, including comparisons with other standard software applications or open source tools that can be shared with customers upon request.
  • Prepare necessary test documents as part of PLC of a product release.
  • Analyze and identify critical bugs, advocate with development and product managers if something important is overlooked.
  • Follow and advocate Software Development Life Cycle procedures and conformance to FDA regulations and ISO standards.
  • Organize, annotate, and manage data sets to allow reuse across programs; Ensure data retention and data privacy requirements are met
  • Provide technical/product feedback to R&D and Marketing teams in order to assist with building the necessary software infrastructure and tools to facilitate product testing. (eg. Modular code structure for isolated testing).
  • Provide assistance to customers in designing their validation procedures, especially after patch releases.
  • Actively seek to improve genomics software quality and in-house analysis pipelines.

Keywords: Agilent, Santa Clara , Software Validation Lead – Genomics, Other , Santa Clara, California

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