Laboratory Automation Scientist
Robotic Liquid Handling and NGS
Location: North West England
Salary: Negotiable, depending on experience + Benefits
Our client is at the forefront of PCR-based Next Generation Sequencing technology geared towards non-interventional diagnostic testing. They now wish to strengthen their existing team still further with the appointment of an Automation Scientist.
The Automation Scientist will design, implement and optimise automation processes to support the design, development verification and validation of molecular diagnostic products.
The role will provide automation expertise on development projects, ensuring experimental work is well planned and executed to a high quality in a timely fashion. The Automation Scientist will automate tests for detection of chromosomal and other genetic abnormalities using DNA isolated from blood samples.
Key areas of responsibility:
- Install, test and validate new automation systems
- Ensure that validated systems are maintained in compliance with the Quality System
- Engage with Scientists and Technicians to automate existing laboratory processes
- Establish efficient interfaces between automated instruments to enable user friendly workflows
- Design and optimise automation workflows to ensure they are compatible with test reagents and meet scientific needs and user requirements
- Enable data transfer and traceability between automation platforms and LIMS (or similar) systems
- Train other team members in the use of laboratory automation systems
- Train and support customers in the use of automation equipment and software
- Consult with development team, management, suppliers and customers.
- Supervise junior staff using automated platforms in the laboratory
Qualifications, Skills and Abilities:
- Experience of full development cycle designing/adapting robotic platforms (user requirement specifications/FATs and SATs)in conjunction with suppliers an advantage
- Minimum of 3 years of laboratory experience within an industrial setting, of which >1 years spent in an automation scientist role or equivalent
- Ideally at least 5 years of laboratory experience with >3 years spend in an automation scientist role of equivalent
- Experience with automated liquid handlers, plate readers, automation software and equipment is essential (e.g. Tecan, PerkinElmer, Beckman, Hamilton, Agilent)
- Software programming skills for robotic operation and graphical user interface
- Working knowledge of GLP, as well as instrument qualification and validation
- Able to analyse scientific workflows and recommend changes to improve scientific processes
- Good grasp of experimental design and execution
- Supervisory experience of junior staff
- Enthusiasm, drive, thoroughness, diligence and a willingness to take personal responsibility to ensure that projects are successful
- Good organizational skills and able to work to tight timelines