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Sr. Scientific Services Specialist

  • Location: Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts
  • Salary: 55-62.5 per hour
  • Job Type:Contract

Posted about 1 month ago

  • Sector: Scientific
  • Start Date: 2022-05-24
  • Job Ref: 22-10803

Location remote programming from home with on-site wet tests required. - Cambridge, MA resource
Travel 3-4 days/week onsite at Cambridge full time

Schedule: Monday-Friday 40 hours 9-5pm standard hours

Max Pay 55-62.50/hr depending on experience; Max Bill 87.50/hr inclusive of 3% MSP Fee

Duration Possible Temp to Perm, Possible Extensions

This will be a hands-on, impactful position reporting to the Sr. Principal Automation Engineer. You will support scientist by improving existing processes and automating manual lab processes. You will work in a team environment with other Automation Engineers to design an implement liquid handler method. Additionally, you will be responsible to assure the operational functionality of the instruments as according to manufacturer's specifications. You will be a key individual for critical automation support for high-throughput screening, assay development, sample management, and lab automated solutions. This is a hybrid role remote programming from home with on-site wet tests required. May need to travel to two site locationsCambridge, MA and Norwood, MA
Key Responsibilities
Develop and optimize new liquid handler protocols for the screening and high-throughput assay platforms, specifically using Hamilton Venus.
Assist scientists with operation of automation platforms.
Provide error-recovery support as needed.
Partner with business partners for requirements and issue tracking.
Track/record problems with the systems for proper troubleshooting.
Explore and evaluate modern technologies in automation, liquid handling, sample analysis, etc.
Train users on new methods and protocols of system functionality Capabilities to automate analytical processes using Hamilton or other platforms
Educate users about lab automation instruments and their capabilities
Coordinate with internal and external groups to identify appropriate solutions to improve analytical testing capacity and efficiency


Critical Skills
Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Experience with HT liquid handling system operation, troubleshooting, and maintenance
With training, have the ability to successfully automate manual lab processes
Initiative, independence, and the ability to execute lab work under minimal supervision
The successful candidate will have an analytical mindset, creative problem-solving skills, and be methodical and organized
Ability to communicate at various levels within the organization as well as with external vendors
Ability to troubleshoot and resolve issues that arise with liquid handling equipment.


Basic Qualifications
Requires a BS in biology/engineering/biotechnology
Minimum experience required of 2+ years in industry,preferably in a setting with lab automation
Preferred Qualifications
Experience with Hamilton liquid handlers strongly preferred.
Experience and skills in creating, modifying, and troubleshooting robotics/automation scripts.
Familiarity with Atlassian tools for version control (Bitbucket) and issue management (Jira)
Experience with Tecan, Hudson, High-Res, Echo desired

Working Environment
This is a hybrid role remote programming from home with on-site wet tests required
May need to travel to two site locationsCambridge, MA and Norwood, MA
Employee maybe required to manage hazardous wastes in compliance with company procedures & State/Federal/Local hazardous waste regulations. Duties may include Identifying, handling, generating, accumulating, storing, and labeling