Senior Automation Scientist

Posted 15 October by Tempus Personnel
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Job Title: Senior Automation Scientist

Reports to: Automation Team Lead

At Yourgene Health we pride ourselves in our culture and performance of our people. We live by our values and behaviours. We set annual global business goals which cascade down to departmental goals and individual employee goals to support the performance of not just the business but our employees who contribute towards our success. We are a global business with locations in Manchester, Taipei, India, Singapore and most recently the US.

Description of role: To lead the tactical delivery of automation of in vitro diagnostic products and services.

Overall responsibility: Expert in functional area who can provide automation expertise and technical leadership on development projects. Ensures tactical planning is performed effectively and considers problems at a system level. Supports team delivery to high quality and in a timely fashion. Automates in vitro diagnostic products and services for use in a range of applications.

Key areas of responsibility:
• Provides automation expertise technical leadership on projects, as well as planning tactical delivery in functional area
• Contribute to overall project planning and reporting as well as leading planning and reporting of defined project automation work-packages
• Lead and participate in activities requiring cross functional collaboration, including leading complex projects
• Support the resource planning activities of Team Leaders and Project Leaders
• Provide expertise into the creation, maintenance and improvement of;
o Overall process SOPs
o Process flows, standardized plans & reports
• Ensure planning and reporting of studies and work-packages is accurate and detailed
• Design effective and efficient automation activities involving;
o Install, test and validate new automation systems
o Accurate, efficient and timely documentation
o Design and optimise automation workflows to ensure they are compatible with test reagents to meet user requirements
o Establish user friendly interfaces on and between automated instruments
o Enable data transfer and traceability between automation platforms and LIMS (or similar) systems
o Data generation, ensuring integrity and organized data management
o Determining test parameters, such as output specifications
o Provide accurate, concise and independent data interpretation, factoring in systems-level thinking
o Meeting regulatory or other requirements
• Lead troubleshooting activities when technical issues arise
• Participate in activities outside of own team, such as Innovation, Assay Development, Validation and Design Transfer, where required
• Train other team members, cross functional colleagues and customers can be trained in the use of laboratory automation equipment and software
• Ensure own work meets regulatory & quality requirements (including compliance to SOPs, documentation using lab books, study plans, study reports and integrity of data)
• Ensure own work and that of junior staff is performed in line with company goals
• Support and provide guidance to junior staff

Consults with:
• R&D management, Team Leaders and other R&D team members
• Other Yourgene Health functions; e.g. Quality, Business Development, Legal, Finance, HR, Admin
• External consultants appointed by Yourgene Health
• External companies; e.g., potential suppliers, commercial partners, etc

Supervisory/Management Responsibilities:
• Supervision of junior staff in the laboratory

Qualifications, Skills and Abilities
• Degree or further degree (or equivalent) in a life science such as molecular biology, biochemistry or genetics
• Typically 7+ years of relevant automation experience
• Expertise and experience with liquid handlers, plate readers, automation equipment and scheduling software’s; e.g. PerkinElmer, Beckman, Hamilton, Agilent, Tecan
• Advanced software programming skills including but not limited to SQL/batch files and VBA for robotic operation and graphical user interface
• Hands-on experience with DB management implementing automation solutions (preferably PostgreSQL)
• Continuous integration and test automation experience
• Working knowledge of GLP, as well as instrument qualification and validation
• Able to analyse scientific workflows and recommend changes to improve scientific processes
• Excellent grasp of experimental design and execution and able to lead and train others
• Able to assimilate knowledge from technically detailed scientific sources
• Can summarize complex data in written form to effectively communicate plans, progress and ideas with Management, Peers or External Audiences
• Supervisory experience of junior staff
• Enthusiasm, drive, thoroughness, diligence and a willingness to take personal responsibility to ensure that projects are successful
• Excellent organizational skills and enjoys working to tight timelines
• Good IT skills, including Microsoft Office suite

Reference: 41139527

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