Moderna is seeking a talented, experienced, and motivated Automation Engineer to join the Clinical Biomarker Laboratory to serve as a scientific and technical expert for the automation of biomarker assays. The incumbent will provide support on the Strategy for automation of the clinical Laboratory and will lead implementation of the designated objectives. The individual will work with automation engineers from other departments to implement existing automation strategies and design new solutions to optimize instruments and platforms integration in the clinical biomarker laboratory. The candidate will provide support to laboratory scientists by automating manual laboratory processes and improving existing processes using liquid handlers, cell culture incubators and other lab automation tools. The incumbent will also be responsible for providing critical automation support used for high-throughput assay development, qualification/validation of methods, sample management and testing. In addition, the incumbent will be responsible for the training of team members to perform automated bioanalytical work and maintain clinical testing continuity to support Moderna’s clinical phase studies. The ability to effectively communicate across multi-disciplinary teams and external partners is required. The incumbent will stay aware of the latest technology, should be an outstanding automation scientist, a collaborative team member, and an excellent communicator to support Moderna’s portfolio needs. The applicant will report to the Sr. Director of the Clinical Biomarker Laboratory.
Here’s What You’ll Do:
Establish the Lab Automation Strategy with a cross functional team, identify the milestones for its implementation
Deploy integrated lab automation solutions based on dynamic scheduling systems
Assist scientists with operation of automation platforms including design, qualification/validation, and implementation of automated bioanalytical methods
Track/record problems with the automated systems and assay setups for proper troubleshooting
Explore, evaluate, and implement newer hardware and Digital control technologies in automation, to improve on clinical sample analysis such as robotic arm and modular platforms
Develop and optimize new liquid handler protocols for the high-throughput assay platforms, specifically using Hamilton automated liquid handling systems
Identify digital solutions to integrate robotic and modular platforms solutions
Train users on new methods and protocols of system functionalities to automate bioanalytical processes using automated liquid handling and other modular platforms
Educate users about lab automation instruments, software and their capabilities
Collaborate and coordinate with internal and external groups to identify appropriate solutions to improve bioanalytical testing capacity and efficiency
Here’s What You’ll Bring to the Table:
Requires Ph.D. or MSc in biology/engineering/biotechnology or related field with minimum of 6 years’ experience in bioanalytical laboratory and automation solutions
Experience with Hamilton liquid handlers strongly preferred. Additional experience with Tecan, Hudson, High-Res, Echo, Spinnaker or Inspire™ module is desirable
Experience with dynamic scheduling software: SmartQC, Cellario, GreenButtonGo, Softlynx, Retisoft,or similar
Extensive hands-on experience with high throughput liquid handling system operation, troubleshooting, and maintenance
Industry experience focused on lab automation is strongly preferred
Proven ability to successfully automate manual lab processes
Keen on taking initiative, ability to work independently as well as in team settings, and the ability to execute on strategic plan under minimal supervision
Will have an analytical mindset, creative problem-solving skills, and be methodical and organized
Experience and skills in creating, modifying, and troubleshooting robotics/automation scripts
Exceptional written and oral communication
Familiarity with Atlassian tools (e.g., Bitbucket, Jira) is desirable
Ability to communicate at various levels within the organization as well as with external vendors
Ability to troubleshoot and resolve issues that arise with liquid handling equipment
Moderna is pleased to provide you and your family with a comprehensive and innovative suite of benefits, including:
Candidates should be aware that Moderna currently maintains a policy requiring all US-based employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and receive a booster shot once eligible. Newly hired employees must be vaccinated and boosted prior to their employment start date. Moderna is an equal opportunity employer and will provide a reasonable accommodation to those unable to be vaccinated or receive a booster where it is not an undue hardship to the company to do so as provided under federal, state, and local law.
In over 10 years since its inception, Moderna has transformed from a research-stage company advancing programs in the field of messenger RNA (mRNA), to an enterprise with a diverse clinical portfolio of vaccines and therapeutics across seven modalities, a broad intellectual property portfolio in areas including mRNA and lipid nanoparticle formulation, and an integrated manufacturing plant that allows for rapid clinical and commercial production at scale. Moderna maintains alliances with a broad range of domestic and overseas government and commercial collaborators, which has allowed for the pursuit of both groundbreaking science and rapid scaling of manufacturing. Most recently, Moderna's capabilities have come together to allow the authorized use and approval of one of the earliest and most effective vaccines against the COVID-19 pandemic.
Moderna's mRNA platform builds on continuous advances in basic and applied mRNA science, delivery technology and manufacturing, and has allowed the development of therapeutics and vaccines for infectious diseases, immuno-oncology, rare diseases, cardiovascular diseases and autoimmune diseases. Moderna has been named a top biopharmaceutical employer by Science for the past seven years. To learn more, visit www.modernatx.com.
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