Sr. Lab Automation Engineer

Posted 02 Jun 2022

Rockville, Maryland - United States

Req Id 249402



A career with MilliporeSigma is an ongoing journey of discovery: our 60,300 people are shaping how the world lives, works and plays through next generation advancements in Healthcare, Life Science and Electronics. For more than 350 years and across the world we have passionately pursued our curiosity to find novel and vibrant ways of enhancing the lives of others. MilliporeSigma is a business of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany.

Your Role:

As an Sr Lab Automation Engineer within the Digitization & Automation group, your primary responsibilities will be to provide support to daily operation of robotic platforms(s) and laboratory automation. The role would require an expertise in commercial automation equipment and liquid handling systems, and experience with laboratory integration.


Essential Job Functions:

  • Program automation software and integrate new protocols with LIMS and peripheral devices.
  • Liaise closely with management and the IT teams and end users (including support staff) to understand needs and requirements to aid in automation implementation.
  • Lead by example and work collaboratively with cross functional teams to advance digitization of processes in the field of biosafety testing.
  • Validate, adapt and customize new and current robotic equipment to support the automation of the lab processes.
  • Continuously analyze and improve current automation in the lab by applying state of the art technology.
  • Integrate and connect different robotic platforms into highly automated production lines by using best practice for both the individual platforms and their integration
  • Develop and/or customize software components for the communication between the robotic platforms and the LIMS system as well as software components for the scheduling of lab processes in the automated production line
  • Work together with the process chemists to design and implement specific methods / protocols for the production environment.


Who You Are:

Minimum Qualifications:

  • MS degree in technical field (ie. Engineering, Computer Science etc.) and 3+ years’ experience programming and writing scripts for liquid handling equipment.
  • BS degree in a technical field (ie. Engineering, Computer Science etc.) and 5+ years’ experience programming and writing scripts for liquid handling equipment.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Leadership acumen to analyze data and make strategic decisions.
  • Understanding of GxP regulations and guidelines including 21 CFR Part 11.
  • Strong scientific background. 
  • Excellent communication and facilitation skills (ability to lead cross-functional meetings, demonstrated ability to bring consensus among diverse cross-functional teams).
  • Experience aligning with cross site teams to coordinate implementation of global applications.


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