Lilly Associate Director - Automation Scientist in Indianapolis, Indiana
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The Clinical Diagnostics Laboratory (CDL) develops and implements preclinical, clinical, and translational biomarkers to support Discovery research, clinical trial, and diagnostic development. An Automation Scientist in the CDL responsibilities include programming Tecan, Hamilton and Biomek instrumentation, qualification of method code, troubleshooting robotic instrument issues, and managing code lifecycle. In addition, the Automation Scientist will work to holistically evaluate and partner to implement workflows from sample receipt to data reporting, being involved in each step including individual instrument, automation, and process readiness.
Key Responsibilities of Job:
Equipment programming – Automation Scientists (AS) are responsible for working with laboratory scientists to code method specific operations and perform quality checks on those instruments and equipment, often daily. The AS will use vendor provided computer software as well as integration of third party code when necessary, lead troubleshooting investigations for faulty operation and manage code versioning.
Communication and information management – AS will need excellent communication skill when working with Lilly laboratory staff outside of the CDL and with vendors if required. A high level of teamwork with peer Scientists is also required.
Technical writing skills – AS will assist or be solely responsible in the development of maintenance protocols, reports, standard operating procedures (SOPs) and other laboratory process documentation.
Applications of regulatory requirements – AS are responsible for understanding and applying regulations as they relate to analytical method development, validation, and execution. All laboratory procedures must be conducted and documented according to appropriate regulations. AS are expected to exhibit behavior that supports and promotes GRP/GCP/CAP/CLIA and adheres to all appropriate Lilly and regulatory procedures and guidelines.
Technical process application and improvement – AS develop and utilize expertise and knowledge of instrument operation and theory.
- Bachelor’s degree in Information Sciences or core science or equivalent experience.
At least 5 years working with laboratory instruments.
Ability to influence change and implement process improvement.
Strong communications skills with the ability to listen and motivate others through coaching and mentoring.
Experience with computer software coding standards.
Attentive to details.
CAP/CLIA or regulated laboratory experience and must be able to adopt with agility and flexibility when needed.
LIS/LIMS system interface scripting.
Understanding of Diagnostic and Pharmaceutical industries.
General laboratory skills.
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