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Senior Specialist - Automation Engineer

Job Purpose:

This position can be based in Rixensart - Belgium OR Siena - Italy.

As the S enior Specialist – Automation Engineer , you are expected to provide robotics engineering support with the primary objective of developing automated processes and analytical methods relying on the usage of robotic technologies.

Your Responsibilities:

  • You will be responsible for driving the transformation of Drug Substance development towards task automation and robotic control.
  • You will establish new automation applications for our existing platforms (e.g. TECAN, Hamilton and AmbR) .
  • You will drive the system integration of separated pieces of equipment in a controlling unit relying on PAT (Process Analytical Technology)/sensors.
  • You will collaborate with Scientists to translate existing manual procedures into automated workflows integrating new assets on automation platforms, ensuring optimal efficiency & performance.
  • You will develop performance and qualification procedures for the maintenance of automation platforms.
  • You will define and follow continuous improvement for the lifecycle of automated systems, including system troubleshooting and upgrade.
  • You will develop introductory equipment training packages and train equipment users on key concepts associated with the robotic platforms to support best-practice and mitigate avoidable run failures, ensuring optimal routine operation.
  • You will establish and maintain strong relationships with vendor application specialists.
  • You will stay up to date regarding new developments in the field of laboratory automation and inhouse new standards.
  • You will help develop best-practice and facilitate knowledge sharing between automation SME’s at GSK within Technical R&D as well as equivalent based in other functions outside of Technical R&D (QC, MSAT, Clinical Laboratory Studies, Preclinical, Pharma, etc.)
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    Why you?

    Basic Qualifications:

    We are looking for professionals with these required skills to achieve our goals:

  • Master’s degree in Electro-Mechanic Engineering, Process Automation, Robotics or related field with 5+ years of experience.
  • Min 5 years’ experience in lab instrument support or in process automation preferably in the Biopharma industry is required.
  • Expertise in Commissioning and Validation of automation systems.
  • Understanding of device networking and communications protocols.
  • Extensive experience writing protocols in Evoware & Venus software .
  • Experience in installing & servicing large integrated systems.
  • Experience with PAT and automated control units .
  • Influencing skills & bringing people on board is essential for you to be able to drive the transformation of Drug Substance development towards automated processes.
  • Proficiency in English is a MUST & French/ Italian are a Plus.
  • Preferred Qualifications:

    If you have the following characteristics it would be a plus:

  • Must have the ability to work in a multidisciplinary environment and communicate effectively.
  • Optimistic mindset.
  • Customer-oriented.
  • Easy social networking/ interfacing.
  • Have the skills & capacity to train others and be able to translate complex material into “simple” content for day-to-day use by the Scientists.
  • The ability to effectively work and perform within a team of related platform staff is essential.
  • Must have the ability to work with cross-functional teams and communicate effectively.
  • Have the capacity to coordinate a small group to implement studies from development projects.
  • Senior Specialist - Automation Engineer

    GSK, Rixensart
    Automation Engineer, Automation / Electronics, Engineering
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