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Analytical Automation Specialist

Collegeville, Pennsylvania
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Site Name: USA - Pennsylvania - Upper Providence Posted Date: Jan 13 2022 As a world leading pharmaceutical healthcare company, GSK plays a fundamental role in helping people to do more, feel better and live longer. We are currently seeking an experienced Analytical Automation Specialist with a proven track record of driving innovation and technology development to lead the modernization within GSK's Analytical Platforms & Platform Modernization (APPM) team within Product Development & Supply (PDS) of Medicinal Science & Technology (MST). The successful individual will occupy a key position in the current organization and will be expected to work across boundaries and disciplines to realize the goals of APPM within R&D's Biopharm PDS (BPDS), PDS, and with Pharma Supply Chain (PSC) colleagues. The successful candidate will be responsible for utilizing existing automation while exploring new and innovative automation technology solutions for implementation to increase efficiency for scientists in the labs. The successful individual will work to determine how to optimize and implement automated analytical workflows, and others, using Hamilton liquid handling robots and other commercially available robotics platforms. By collaborating closely with colleagues within MST, the successful individual will drive the support, training, development, and delivery of key analytical automation solutions with an eye on and next-generation technologies to drive efficiencies that significantly improve the workflows to ultimately benefit the patient. The successful candidate's key responsibilities will be to: Work closely with analytical scientists in a GMP and non-GMP environment to develop and implement automated analytical methods using the Hamilton robotics platform. Provide rapid hands-on support, troubleshooting, and root cause analysis of automation errors to maximize uptime and minimize human effort required across the process development groups at Upper Merion (UM) and Upper Providence (UP) GSK facilities (Flexibility to travel between UM & UP will be required) Identify bottlenecks, and systematically evaluate and assess root causes of errors in the laboratory, discriminating between inefficiencies arising from human, software, hardware, firmware, and/or chemical sources. Be responsible for the technical support, transfer, implementation, and management of various automated analytical workflows. Develop a strong understanding of GSK business areas to identify opportunities to solve unmet needs To present and champion applications within a variety of settings to key stakeholders To stay informed of upcoming technologies by attending and potentially presenting at technical conferences and liaising with internal and external collaborators Why you? Basic Qualifications: MS degree in Analytical/Physical, Biochemistry, Biotechnology, Engineering, Computer Science or equivalent with 2+ years' experience working in a pharmaceutical, biopharm, or product development environment; or BS degree in Analytical/Physical, Biochemistry, Biotechnology, Engineering, Computer Science or equivalent with 4+ years' experience working in a pharmaceutical, biopharm, or product development environment Hands-on experience creating, optimizing, and troubleshooting automated sample preparation methods and workflows using liquid handling automation equipment, such as Hamilton, Tecan, Unchained Labs/Freeslate, or similar robotics platforms Experience with the application of programming concepts used in laboratory automation Background working in a laboratory within data integrity or GxP requirements Experience in liaising with colleagues and collaborators at all levels Experience working in a team environment and independently while meeting project timelines Ability to travel between sites (Upper Merion and Upper Providence, ~15 miles one way) Preferred Qualifications: Experience in creating, optimizing, and troubleshooting automated methods using Hamilton STAR or Vantage robotics preferred Ability to configure automated solutions by integrating 3rd party instrumentation and electronic data systems (e.g. LIMS, Electronic Lab Notebook) with liquid handling robotics Experience in collating and analyzing data to interrogate and optimize automated methods Broad understanding of biopharmaceutical analytical and CMC activities is desirable Experience working with multidisciplinary teams in a matrix environment Self-motivated with excellent organizational skills and a pragmatic approach to problem solving Experience with evaluating and implementing new and novel technologies Strong people, organizational, and communication skills (both written and oral) Strong desire to learn and develop new skills Why GSK? At GSK, we have already delivered unprecedented change over the past four years, improving R&D, becoming a leader in Consumer Health, strengthening our leadership, and transforming our commercial execution. Now, we're making the biggest changes we've made to our business in over 20 years. We're on track to separate and create two new companies in 2022: New GSK with a leading portfolio of vaccines and specialty medicines as well as R&D based on immune system and genetics science; and a new world-leading consumer healthcare company of loved and trusted brands. With new ambition comes new purpose. For New GSK, this is to unite science, talent and technology to get ahead of disease together - all with the clear ambition of delivering human health impact; stronger and more sustainable shareholder returns; and as a new GSK where outstanding people thrive. Getting ahead means preventing disease as well as treating it. How we do all this is through our people and our culture. A culture that is ambitious for patients - so we deliver what matters better and faster; accountable for impact - with clear ownership of goals and support to succeed; and where we do the right thing. So, if you're ready to improve the lives of billions, join us at this exciting moment in our journey. Join our challenge to get Ahead Together. *LI-GSK If you require an accommodation or other assistance to apply for a job at GSK, please contact the GSK Service Centre at 1-877-694-7547 (US Toll Free) or +1 801 567 5155 (outside US). GSK is an Equal Opportunity Employer and, in the US, we adhere to Affirmative Action principles. 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