Automation Scientist Cell Engineering


Location: Cambridgeshire

Job Type: Full time


Company Description

For over 20 years, Abcam has been providing tools the scientific community needs to enable faster breakthroughs in critical areas like cancer, neurological disorders, infectious diseases, and metabolic disorders.

We believe that to continue making progress, we need to work together in new ways. We need your own unique perspective as well as this of our people to make an always greater impact on the world. This community needs people like you: dedicated, agile and above all audacious so we can truly bring progress forward.

Job Description

This is an exciting opportunity for an Automation lead/ Automation engineer to support the Cell Engineering organization with the aim to design, manage build and optimize robotics and high-throughput systems that efficiently generate 100’s of gene edited cell models simultaneously. This is a laboratory based role, with opportunity to quickly develop existing technical and engineering skills as well as expand various team’s capabilities.

Key Responsibilities

  • Create innovative solutions to integrate traditional bench based processes (tissue culture, molecular biology) into automated high throughput platforms.
  • Work closely with lead scientist to design and build friendly automation processes and solutions within the Green Button Go workflow.
  • Lead the overall automation and robotics activities and workflows within the cell engineering organization and coordinate with the internal pipeline leads to maximize throughput.
  • Collaborate with technical experts to establish world-class automation capabilities.
  • Identify current and future workflow bottlenecks as well as potential risks, that could require further development or investments.
  • Be the main point of contact and work closely with external suppliers and internal integration and software teams to ensure optimal operations of the laboratory and pipelines.
  • Independently write, optimize and troubleshoots complex laboratory robotic/automation scripts.
  • Anticipates and resolves critical business priorities and stay up to date with the latest automation and robotics technologies.
  • Lead the training of scientists and or engineers on liquid handling and on the Green Button Go workflow.


Education, Qualifications, Skills & Experience:

You will have a Phd in life sciences or a related area and significant experience in an industrial environment with laboratory robotics and automation. You will also be proficient in a coding language, preferably C# or Python. You are competent in script/method writing for liquid handling robotics instruments (Hamilton Star, Tecan Fluent or similar, Echo acoustic dispenser) and have the ability to enable laboratory automation tools (Capper/decappers, plate seal/peel, tube labelers, automated barcode readers). You will have experience with high content imaging along with excellent verbal and written communication skills.

You have a desire to learn new skills and techniques along with a passion for laboratory automation and how it can be advanced. If this sounds like you and you want to make a significant impact in the world of cell engineering automation, apply now.

Additional Information

We know that when it comes to benefits, no one size fits all. Flexibility and choice matter, which is why in addition to market competitive salaries, we offer you a flexible benefits package which is tailored to your unique needs and support your financial, physical and emotional wellbeing.

This includes our award-winning share scheme, 18 weeks fully paid maternity leave, 6 weeks fully paid paternity leave as well as highly flexible working and much more. Besides, your development will be integral to your experience here. You will grow alongside other talented minds, in ways you may often find unexpected.

When people come together, incredible things happen. Here you’ll work in a safe environment where you can be who you truly are. We’ll champion and celebrate your uniqueness throughout your journey with us. This is how we excel at partnering with the scientific community no matter the challenge, ultimately helping solve the world’s most critical diseases. Find out more about Diversity & Inclusion at Abcam.


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