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    Opportunity: Lead Automation Scientist @ An international molecular diagnostics group -- Manchester, UK
    Submitted by Eugene McDaid; posted on Wednesday, December 11, 2019



    This is an exciting role for an experienced Automation Scientist to lead the design, development and verification of automated systems for product development, services and manufacturing. A successful candidate will provide automation leadership and expertise on projects, ensuring work is well planned and executed to a high quality in a timely fashion, and play a key role in defining automation strategy for the company.

    The company have 5 different sites globally and pride themselves in their culture and performance of their people. It's a great opportunity to join a international molecular diagnostics group which develops and commercialises genetic products and services. The organisation work in partnership with global leaders in DNA technology to advance diagnostic science.


    • Providing technical leadership on projects
    • Identifying commercially and technically appropriate automated solutions
    • Design and optimise automation workflows to ensure they are compatible with test reagents and meet scientific and user needs, in addition to usability requirements
    • collaboration with the Software Development function, design and optimise flexible automation system architectures which:
      • Enable efficient storage and retrieval of workflow configuration and live operational data, and
      • Allow interfaces to be established both between automation instruments and to integrate effectively with external systems (e.g. LIMS)
      • Ensure correct data transfer and traceability between automation platforms and LIMS systems
      • Support and contribute to implementation of development process(es)
      • Scientific input into study design and data interpretation, in particular to analyse, understand and control the variation in automated processes
      • Support and contribute to project planning
      • Ensure planning and reporting of studies are accurate and detailed
      • Ensure own work and that of junior staff meets all relevant regulatory & quality requirements (including compliance to SOPs, documentation using lab books, study plans, study reports and integrity of data) and is in line with company goals
      • Support and provide guidance to junior staff
      • Train other team members in the use of laboratory automation systems
      • Train and support customers in the use of automation equipment and software


    • 5-10 years of laboratory experience within an industrial setting, of which 5+ years spent in an automation scientist role or equivalent
    • Experience with a range of automated liquid handlers, plate readers, automation software and equipment is essential (e.g. PerkinElmer, Beckman, Hamilton, Agilent)
    • Experience with Tecan liquid handlers, in particular the EVO series, is desirable.
    • Experience with automation system architectures including internal and external interfacing of components and storage of configuration and live operational data
    • Software programming skills for robotic operation, definition of graphical user interfaces and database access
    • 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 enjoys working


    There are some great benefits of offer including a competitive salary, private health care, discretionary bonus and more.


    Please do not hesitate to contact Harvey Uppal at huppal[at] or call (+44) 121 616 3407 to discuss this opportunity further.

    Keywords: Senior, Automation, Scientist, Liquid, Handling, Systems, Design, Development, Software, LIMS, Workflows, GUI, Implementing, Solutions. Project, Molecular, Diagnostics, Lead, Manchester

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