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Sanofi Group Automation Engineer - Vaccine in Waltham, Massachusetts

The Automation Center of Excellence with in Sanofi Pasteur R&D is seeking an automation specialist to serve a supportive role in developing high throughput automated assays and processes at our Waltham, MA research site. This position is responsible performing a variety of tasks in the development of automated systems and assays in a research laboratory environment. Duties include programming of liquid handlers and automation software, aiding in the development of automated protocols and methods, preparation of validation documents, training of staff on automated equipment use, maintaining automation equipment and some presentation of data (written and oral). The position will be responsible for assisting in performing large scale experiments and developing methods to analyze large data sets. Secondary responsibilities include writing Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for automation procedures and assays, following all the SOPs related to the work, maintaining equipment and training new users for instruments.

  • Applicant must have previous experience in developing and transitioning laboratory immunoassays into fully automated high throughput assays.

  • Applicant should have extensive experience with laboratory automation equipment (preferably Hamilton, Tecan, or Agilent based systems) and operational knowledge of immunoassay based instruments (such as flow cytometers, Octet, Luminex, MesoScale, Biotek, Cytomat and Multi-mode plate readers).

  • Programming expertise with commercial liquid handlers and HTS software are required (Venus, Vantage, Freedom EVOware, Overlord preferred), while programming knowledge in .NET (VB, C#, ASP), Java Script, SQL server, VBA Excel and Matlab are highly desired.

  • The position requires significant interaction with people of varying scientific backgrounds, approaches, and skill sets.

  • The applicant must be independent in thought and results driven while possessing strong and positive communication and team skills.

  • Applicant should be able to work on multiple projects and able to independently consult scientific literature to solve technical problems.

  • A passion for automated bench work, data analysis, and reporting excellence is a must.

  • The position will require significant interaction with staff with varying scientific and business skills.

  • Position will require independent thought and a results-driven attitude while possessing strong and positive communication with a team.

  • Position will require individual to work on multiple projects and be able to independently consult literature to solve technical problems.

       

Key Accountability

Laboratory Automation and Assay development

  • Develop and optimize automation protocols for experimental and analytical assays.

  • Design, perform, and assist technical staff in the execution of automated experiments and data management to achieve goals set forth in study and work plans.

  • Demonstrate technical proficiency in a broad array of automation based techniques for laboratory experiments and data management.

Software and Automated Data Management

  • Develop and program automation for data analysis.

  • Develop applications and scripts for scientific use and automated processes.

  • Develop graphical user interfaces to assist and improve research staff efficiency in performing R&D laboratory functions.

Teamwork/collaboration

  • Foster a cooperative environment with both technical staff and management team to help achieve the success of project goals within the functional group and project teams.

  • Provide guidance to personnel regarding automation protocol development and execution.

GxP and safety

  • Responsible for insuring automation platforms and systems are safe and comply with HSE policies.

  • Responsible for proper documentation for compliancy and recording research work in research studies.

  • Prepare and write support manuals, standard operating procedures (SOPs), and validation documents for applications or work processes.

Scientific knowledge

  • Maintain a broad knowledge of automation concepts, practices, and procedures and can critically evaluate relevant literature with respect to applicable projects.

  • Provides general automation input to management team as needed.

The Automation Engineer is primarily a laboratory-focused position with some low-level management responsibilities. They must have a detailed knowledge of the scientific goals and strategy for their assigned project(s), translate the goals of the project to their team, and successfully coordinate efforts transversely across the teams to achieve project milestones. Engineers are expected to manage experimental obstacles by leveraging their knowledge, experience, and awareness of current techniques described in the literature. This position will require communication regarding technical expertise with Sanofi network collaborators and with external engineering companies. Engineers are responsible for the development of automation procedures and equipment. The position will require an individual to be proficient in developing and transitioning laboratory immunoassays into fully automated high throughput assays.

Automation Engineer has deep knowledge of laboratory automation equipment and immunoassay based assays and instruments (such as flow cytometers, Octet, Luminex, MesoScale, Biomek, Biotek, Cytomat and Multi-mode plate readers). The engineer has expertise with commercial liquid handlers and HTS software, as well as programming knowledge in .NET (VB, C#, ASP), Java Script, SQL server, VBA Excel and Matlab. A passion for automated bench work, data analysis, and reporting excellence is a must. The position will be responsible for developing applications for scientific use, automated processes, and data presentation. An individual in the position must have strong problem solving, quantitative, debugging, and documentation skill sets and possess strong communication and interpersonal skills for dealing with end users and other developers. The position requires significant interaction with staff with varying scientific and business skills. Position requires independent thought and a results-driven attitude while possessing strong and positive communication with a team. Automation Engineer works on multiple projects and be able to independently consult literature to solve technical problems.

Education/experience

  • B.Sc. with 2 years of relevant experience or M.Sc. with 1 year

  • Degree should be in engineering, bioengineering, computer science or applied science field.

Sanofi Inc. and its U.S. affiliates are Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employers committed to a culturally diverse workforce. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race; color; creed; religion; national origin; age; ancestry; nationality; marital, domestic partnership or civil union status; sex, gender, gender identity or expression; affectional or sexual orientation; disability; veteran or military status or liability for military status; domestic violence victim status; atypical cellular or blood trait; genetic information (including the refusal to submit to genetic testing) or any other characteristic protected by law.

As a healthcare company and a vaccine manufacturer, Sanofi has an important responsibility to protect individual and public health. All US based roles require individuals to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as part of your job responsibilities.

According to the CDC, an individual is considered to be “fully vaccinated” fourteen (14) days after receiving (a) the second dose of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine, or (b) the single dose of the J&J vaccine. Fully vaccinated, for new Sanofi employees, is to be fully vaccinated 14 DAYS PRIOR TO START DATE.

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