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.


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.


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

Apply for this job

We'll store this in session so if you're applying for multiple jobs today so you can use this as a base.