Laboratory Automation Lead

  • Salary: Competitive
  • REF Number: v-103095
  • Consultant: Georgia Barnes
  • Contact: 01246 457722
  • Date Published: 05.07.2024
  • Industry: Biotech
  • Location: Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear, England
  • Functional Expertise: Laboratory, Automation, Research & Development

CK Group are recruiting for a highly motivated Laboratory Automation Lead to join a leading biotechnological company in Newcastle. The successful candidate will have the potential to transform laboratory operations and, in time, lead it.

Company:

A newly formed biotechnology organisation focused on building a biological and digital platform for biological assets. They have state-of-the-art microbial engineering facilities (including automation equipment), which the successful candidate will help develop and optimise in order to advance internal R&D activities.

 

The Role:

  • Develop and optimise automated protocols for a variety of life sciences laboratory processes using state-of-the-art laboratory automation tools (e.g. liquid handling robots, colony pickers, DNA sequencers, Flow cytometry, Digitally controlled bioreactors, microscopy, etc).
  • Program and maintain automation software and equipment to perform engineering biology, synthetic biology, microbiology, and molecular biology activities.
  • Collaborate with scientific teams to understand experimental needs and translate them into effective automated workflows.
  • Integrate data collection and analysis tools into automation scripts to ensure high-quality output and traceability integrating with the existing software platform.
  • Troubleshoot and refine automated processes to reduce errors and increase throughput.
  • Train team members on the use of automation technology and develop user-friendly interfaces for non-expert users.
  • Contribute to customers and project outputs delivery.

Your Background:

  • MSc or PhD in synthetic biology/engineering biology laboratory automation/bioengineering.
  • Proven experience in laboratory automation within the fields of engineering biology, synthetic biology, microbiology, or molecular biology.
  • Experience with design and execution of high-throughput experiments.
  • Strong programming skills, particularly in scripting for automation platforms (e.g. OpenTrons, CyBio Felix, Hamilton, Tecan, or Beckman Coulter systems) with software engineering good practices (e.g. version control, documentation, debugging, etc).
  • Experience with biological processes such as cell transformation, cloning, PCR, and next-generation sequencing.
  • Proficiency in data analysis and software integration for laboratory systems.
  • Excellent problem-solving and communication skills.
 

Desirable Skills:

  • Background in synthetic biology or genetic engineering.
  • Bioinformatics and synthetic biology design software and tools (e.g. SBOL).
  • Knowledge of regulatory standards and quality control in a laboratory setting.
 

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It is essential that applicants hold entitlement to work in the UK. Please quote job reference 103095 in all correspondence.

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