Scientist I – Laboratory Automation Specialist

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Scientist I – Laboratory Automation Specialist

Granta Park, Cambridge, UK

Scientist I – Laboratory Automation Specialist

MedImmune, the global biologics unit of AstraZeneca, is committed to developing better medicines that help people live healthier, longer and more satisfying lives. The company is focused on the areas of infection, respiratory and inflammatory disease, oncology and neuroscience, with two marketed products and a robust pipeline of promising new product candidates. MedImmune’s state-of-the-art Cambridge site (formerly Cambridge Antibody Technology) is home to around 500 employees, and serves the company’s European hub for research and development. 

Scientist I – Laboratory Automation Specialist

The Automation team is integral in supporting the wide matrix of groups across Research and Development. Working with scientists you will help evaluate current laboratory practices and help devise methods of automating practical work so that they can be performed in a more streamlined, more efficient and more consistent manner. 
You will help install, test and validate new laboratory automation to ensure that it is fit for purpose, will meet scientific needs and user requirements and improve laboratory work at Medimmune. You will help support and modify existing laboratory automation to ensure that it operates to a high standard and evolves to meet the changing needs of scientists. 

This role has an important quality aspect. You will help train, and advise users on the optimal use of laboratory automation and perform, and train others, to perform Quality Control (QC) tests on laboratory automation. Communication and collaboration with others forms a major part of this role. Working with other members of the Automation Team you will communicate with scientists in Research, Development and IT to understand the scientific work they perform and their automation needs. As part of the Automation team you will work at the bench to test laboratory automation and validate that the automation performs to the required standard and delivers benefits to the scientists.

Responsibilities include:

·         Work with scientists to improve existing laboratory processes to allow them to be automated
·         Install, test and validate new automation systems for the above to ensure they meet scientific needs and user requirements
·         Support existing laboratory automation and related data transfer systems to ensure they meet scientific needs and user requirements
·         Install new laboratory automation and related data transfer systems to ensure they meet scientific needs and user requirements
·         Advise and train others on the use of lab automation systems
·         Respond to user requests to modify automation to meet their changing needs
·         Perform and train others to perform QC tests of lab automation
·         Conduct, interpret and record experiments to achieve the above
·         Contribute to the drafting of new procedures

Who we are looking for …
You might have a degree (or equivalent qualification / experience) in life science, computing or engineering coupled with demonstrable experience in industry in a similar role working with automation. This may include prior experience in working in the laboratory using skills in microbiology, molecular biology or assay work so that you can work with scientists to understand and perform diverse laboratory processes before and after automation.

Experience with automated liquid handlers, plate readers, automation software and equipment (e.g. Tecan, PerkinElmer, Biotek, Genetix and Velocity 11) is essential. Familiarity with additional automation platforms is a plus. You must be mechanically and electrically minded to succeed in this role with a good level of IT literacy.

Our real interest would be candidates who have experience working in an antibody research or pharmaceutical setting, but this is not essential.

For More Info

With a proven ability to learn, you must have sound technical skill in Laboratory Automation and at least one of the following:
·         Microbiology
·         Molecular Biology / DNA manipulation
·         ELISA, assay or screening work       
MedImmune is an Equal Opportunities Employer. We seek to empower each individual, and respect the diverse cultures, perspectives, skills and experiences within our work place.