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.
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.)
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.
If you have the following characteristics it would be a plus:
Must have the ability to work in a multidisciplinary environment and communicate effectively.
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.