Lilly Sr. Advisor - Automation Engineering in San Diego, California
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The Biologics Automation and High-throughput Technologies Group at the Eli Lilly Biotechnology Center in San Diego is searching for an expert Automation Engineer leader to support multiple scientific research teams involved in early-stage discovery and screening of protein therapeutics. Do you want to work with top engineers and scientists using groundbreaking, pioneering technology to discover innovative biotherapeutic medicines? If your answer is yes, then this could be the right role for you!
Ensure that common automation equipment is accurately maintained and in good working order. This includes stand-alone liquid handlers (BioMek, Lynx, Echo), plate readers (SpectraMax, Envision, Neo2) plate washers/dispensers, protein quantification instruments (Octet), colony/plaque pickers (Pix), sequencing instruments etc., as well as several fully integrated robotic systems.
Supervise a group of automation engineers whose responsibilities include automation equipment installation, maintenance, qualification, writing operational scripts, modifying scheduling software, and providing assistance to non-automation scientists across the site.
Work collaboratively with protein discovery, engineering, and expression groups at the San Diego site to optimize research efficiencies through implementation of novel automation process improvements and technologies.
Work with automation equipment vendors to implement and validate novel systems and/or technologies.
- Ph. D. in engineering or related field with 3+ years of automation engineering experience; OR M.S. or B.S. with a minimum of 10 years of experience
Additional Skills / Preferences:
Experience should include at least 3 years of relevant industry experience, in a well-equipped automation lab preferably in a pharmaceutical company or an automation provider.
Experience in the operation, maintenance, fixing and scripting for liquid handlers, dispensers, plate washers, plate readers, Octet, etc. required.
Extensive expertise in the scheduling, operation, training and fixing fully integrated robotic liquid-handling systems.
Programming experience using Python, C# or VB.NET is a plus.
Expertise with BioSero’s Green Button Go, SAMI, Cellario or other scheduling software strongly preferred.
Proficient in statistical analysis tools such as JMP, SAS, and Business Intelligence and Visualization (i.e., Tableau, PowerBI, Spotfire etc.)
Previous direct supervision experience of automation engineers in an industrial setting.
A thorough familiarity with pioneering laboratory automation technologies, equipment, and standard methodologies. Demonstrated ability to set and enable a strategic vision for the group.
Outstanding interpersonal skills including the ability to work with other automation engineers, as well as non-automation scientists. Experience in influencing and educating other scientists and engineers to use automation technologies to improve and accelerate workflows.
Excellent organizational skills, as exemplified by an interest in clear record-keeping, and data analysis, and ability to prioritize work across multiple projects.
Strong written and verbal communication skills.
Location: San Diego, CA
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