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Laboratory Automation Engineer, Biologics Engineering, Oncology R&D

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Gaithersburg, MD

Employer:  AstraZeneca
Job Type:  Full Time


In the Oncology R&D Business Unit, we relentlessly follow the science, challenging the status quo to deliver more effective treatments to patients in need. Our dedication means we purposefully push back the limits of knowledge to change the practice of medicine. To ensure no patient is left behind, no matter what stage of disease. Fast-paced, it takes agility and responsiveness to stay committed in our pursuit of excellence. We work with focus to seek the unanswered questions - innovating, challenging accepted norms, quick decision-making and taking smart risks. A place of trust, it's an opportunity to take accountability, be brave, speak up, step up and redefine Oncology, now and in the future. Be a part of improving lives. This is the time to join the team who is confident that cures for cancer are within our grasp.

The Laboratory Automation Engineer position supports the Oncology R&D (Research & Development) Biologics Engineering divisions with a focus on the implementation, integration and data management relating to robotics and high-throughput systems.

Education, Qualifications, Skills & Experience


Must have experience and skills in creating, modifying and troubleshooting laboratory robotics/automation scripts.

• BS/BSc with 5 years of relevant experience or MS with 2 years of relevant experience in a scientific (biochemistry, molecular biology, etc.), engineering (chemical, computer, mechanical, etc.), or computational (computer science, etc.) discipline.

• Mastery of a laboratory automation instrument (i.e. Hamilton, TECAN, PerkinElmer, etc.), high throughput analytics (i.e. plate readers, flow cytometers, etc.) and enabling laboratory automation tools (i.e. capper/decappers, plate seal/peel, tube labelers, automated barcode readers) is essential.

• Must have time management and organizational skills with the ability to work independently in a fast-paced team-oriented environment.

• Ability to identify opportunities to train self.

• Excellent verbal and written communication skills.


• Experience contributing to a science driven team setting.

• Experience automating high-throughput, traditional bench-scale, or manufacturing systems.

• Familiarity with bioprocess development and experience working as a bench scientist.

• Experience in programming or database management.

• Certification training with 1 or more automation platforms (Venus, EVOware, WinPrep, etc), integration software (Green-Button-Go, Cellario, Momentum, etc.), coding languages or computer aided design platforms.

About AstraZeneca in Gaithersburg, MD:

Our Gaithersburg, Maryland facility creates life-changing medicines for people around the world. This campus employs more than 3,500 experts in our field and is only a short drive from Washington, DC. This modern and vibrant scientific campus is the home of BioPharmaceuticals and Oncology R&D in the US. Here, we play host to some of the most cutting-edge technology and lab spaces, all designed to inspire collaboration and cross-functional science. We believe employees benefit from being challenged and inspired at work. We are dedicated to creating a culture of inclusion and collaboration.

The Gaithersburg site offers a variety of amenities to help boost productivity and help keep our employees happy and healthy. This includes a fitness center, employee healthcare clinic, electric vehicle charging stations, dry cleaning, full-service cafeteria and copy center. This is where you'll find newly designed, activity based work spaces to suit a variety of working styles while increasing collaboration between teams.

" When we put unexpected teams in the same room, we unleash bold thinking with the power to inspire life-changing medicines. In-person working gives us the platform to connect, work at pace and challenge perceptions. That's why we work, on average, a minimum of three days per week from the office. But that doesn't mean we're not flexible. We balance the expectation of being in the office while respecting individual flexibility. Join us in our unique and ambitious world ."

AstraZeneca embraces diversity and equality of opportunity. We are committed to building an inclusive and diverse team representing all backgrounds, with as wide a range of perspectives as possible, and harnessing industry-leading skills. We believe that the more inclusive we are, the better our work will be. We welcome and consider applications to join our team from all qualified candidates, regardless of their characteristics. We comply with all applicable laws and regulations on non-discrimination in employment (and recruitment), as well as work authorization and employment eligibility verification requirements.
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