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Associate Principal Laboratory Automation Engineer

Location Waltham, Massachusetts, United States Job ID R-193722 Date posted 22/05/2024

Do you have a passion for Science? Would you like to apply your expertise to impact a company that follows the science and turns ideas into life changing medicines? Then AstraZeneca might be the one for you! At AstraZeneca, we put patients first and strive to meet their unmet needs worldwide. Working here means being entrepreneurial, thinking big and working together to make the impossible a reality. If you are swift to action, confident to lead, willing to collaborate, and curious about what science can do, then you’re our kind of person.

About AstraZeneca in Waltham, MA:

Our Waltham, MA facility builds life-changing medicines for people around the world. The modern, vibrant scientific campus employs more than 800 experts in our field, and it is only a short drive from Boston, MA. It is filled with innovative technology. Our work areas were built to facilitate teamwork, interaction and cross functional science. We believe employees benefit from being challenged and inspired at work. As AstraZeneca continues to put patients at the forefront of our mission, we are excited for our move to Kendall Square/Cambridge in 2026. Please be aware you will be required to move to our new location upon completion. Find out more information here: Kendall Square Press Release

The Waltham site offers a variety of amenities to help boost productivity and help keep our employees stay happy and healthy. This includes a fitness center, employee healthcare clinic, electric vehicle charging stations, dry cleaning, full-service cafeteria and copy center. This is where you’ll find newly-designed, activity-based work spaces to suit a variety of working styles while increasing collaboration between teams.

Summary of the Group

Biologics Engineering (BE) is large global organization with teams in Gaithersburg, US and Cambridge, UK responsible for the discovery and optimization of next generation biologics to create biological drug candidates for all key therapeutic areas such as oncology, respiratory and inflammation, cardiovascular, renal and metabolic diseases. We are building a new Waltham team from the ground up to support both our global responsibilities as well as building an innovation center. We're constantly pushing the boundaries of science and creativity to deliver life-changing medicines to patients, with a passion for the development of in-house biologics discovery platforms and novel drug modalities to address unmet medical needs.

Main Duties & Responsibilities

We are seeking a skilled and highly motivated Associate Principal Laboratory Automation Engineer to enhance our High Throughput Production & Screening (HTPS) biologics capability. The successful candidate will play a critical role in a dynamic group responsible for developing integrated automation platforms to support high throughput expression & purification of antibody therapeutics on a microgram-to-milligram scale. The selected individual will be the on-site automation expert but part of a global automation team with support from both Gaithersburg, US and Cambridge, UK engineers. This is the first automation engineer position at Waltham within Biologics Engineering and is a hands-on role. Future growth potential is expected as the site team expands.   

Education & Experience Requirements

BS with 8+ years relevant experience or MS with 6+ years relevant experience or PhD with 4+ years relevant experience in a scientific (biochemistry, molecular biology, etc.), engineering (chemical, mechanical, etc.), or computational (computer science, etc.) discipline.  

Required Skills

  • Must have experience and skills in creating, modifying and troubleshooting complex scientific laboratory robotic automation scripts and integrated systems.

  • Subject matter expert of laboratory automation instrument (i.e. Hamilton, TECAN, PerkinElmer, etc.), high throughput analytics (i.e. plate readers, flow cytometers, etc.), enabling laboratory automation tools (i.e. plate seal/peel, automated barcode readers, etc.) and integration software (Green-Button-Go, Momentum, Cellario, etc.).   

  • Proven time management and organizational skills with the ability to work independently and in a team-oriented environment.   

  • Demonstrated ability to identify opportunities to train self and learn new skills as necessary.    

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

  • Ability to establish positive cross discipline (scientists, etc.) and cross organizational relationships (IT, Safety/Health/Environment, Facilities, etc.) to achieve organizational goals.       

Desired Skills

  • Experience contributing to a science driven team.   

  • Certification training with 1 or more automation platforms (Venus, EVOware, WinPREP, etc), integration software (Green-Button-Go, Momentum, Cellario, etc), or coding language.   

  • Familiarity with bioprocess development and experience working as a bench scientist.   

  • Experience in line management.

  • Experience working in a global team.

When we put unexpected teams in the same room, we unleash bold thinking with the power to inspire life-changing medicines. In-person working gives us the platform to connect, work at pace and challenge perceptions. That’s why we work, on average, a minimum of three days per week from the office. But that doesn’t mean we’re not flexible. We balance the expectation of being in the office while respecting individual flexibility. Join us in our unique and ambitious world.”

AstraZeneca embraces diversity and equality of opportunity. We are committed to building an inclusive and diverse team representing all backgrounds, with as wide a range of perspectives as possible, and harnessing industry-leading skills. We believe that the more inclusive we are, the better our work will be. We welcome and consider applications to join our team from all qualified candidates, regardless of their characteristics. We comply with all applicable laws and regulations on non-discrimination in employment (and recruitment), as well as work authorization and employment eligibility verification requirements.

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