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Automation Engineer

Azenta Life Sciences
South Plainfield, NJ
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Sep 23, 2022

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At Azenta, formerly Brooks Life Sciences, new ideas, new technologies and new ways of thinking are driving our future. Our customer-focused culture encourages employees to embrace innovation and challenge the status quo with novel thinking and collaborative work relationships.

Azenta Life Sciences is a global leader in the life sciences space with headquarters in Chelmsford, MA, and offices and operations worldwide. We are a market leader in automated bio sample management solutions and genomic services across areas such as drug development, clinical and advanced cell therapies for the industry's top pharmaceutical, biotech, academic and healthcare institutions globally. We provide unparalleled capabilities with our lab analysis, sample management and storage services, informatics software, and consumables, with the largest installed base managing over 1 billion samples globally.

How You'll Add Value...

The overall purpose of the position is the automation and optimization of laboratory and manufacturing steps in Life Science. You will provide expertise in engineering, design, installation and start-up of automation systems; assist manufacturing operations in problem solving with regards to the automation systems; assist in the validation of process and facility automation. You may also develop code and design system architectures in order to define user compatibility.

What you'll do:
  • Identify opportunities to improve productivity, usability and quality of existing systems and workflows in operations.
  • Participate in the development and implementation of workflow improvements in operations.
  • Script automated workflows on robotic liquid handlers.
  • Troubleshoots and resolves mechanical and instrumentation problems.
  • Develop, evaluate and test customized automation technologies/ platforms.
  • Adhere to the software development processes.
  • Work collaboratively with lab staff to build efficient automated laboratory workflow.
  • Provides automation support by coding utilities, responding to user questions, and resolving problems.
  • Development of best practices resulting in standardized and streamlines processes and efficient use of resources.
  • Responsible for efficient integration of laboratory equipment into a LIMS system.
  • Operation, calibration and maintenance of equipment, as assigned.
  • Developing and providing training manuals, SOP's, hands-on teaching.
  • Support existing instrumentation software by programming and testing various robotic liquid handling systems.
  • Analyze, design and develop presentation vehicles including reports, queries and analytics as specified.
  • Other duties as assigned.

What you'll bring:
  • BSc or MSc in Life Sciences or Engineering discipline.
  • Several years of hands on assay automation and liquid handling experience.
  • Expert ability to create, validate, optimize and maintain liquid handling processes on robotic workstations.
  • Experience with programming automated systems (e.g. Hamilton Star, Hamilton Vantage, Beckman FX/NX, Tecan Evo).
  • Experience in converting bench top or semi-automated into fully automated assays.
  • Ability to design, document and communicate complex laboratory workflows and requirements to a cross functional team.
  • Energetic and self-motivated. Able to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Proficient English language skills.
  • Experience with relevant software languages such as C#, Java, SQL, LabView.
  • Experience with the automation of genomics workflows.
  • Computational and/ or AI based vision engineering.
  • Collaborative robotics.
  • Autonomous and/ or mobile robotics.
  • IoT.
  • Several years of hands on assay automation and liquid handling experience.

EOE M/F/Disabled/VET

At Azenta, we are a part of the science behind the COVID vaccine and we are committed to the health and safety of our employees, customers and the communities where we live and work. To protect our coworkers, clients, families and friends, we have implemented a policy where all of our US employees must be fully vaccinated (which includes taking the booster) or have requested and received an approved medical/religious accommodation prior to their first day of work.
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