Senior Automation Scientist - Liquid Handling Based in ManchesterPermanent positionAll salaries considered *** Must have experience with scripting Liquid Handling Tools*** KEY ACCOUNTABILTIES: Description of role: To design, implement and optimise the automation of in vitro diagnostic products and services.Overall responsibility: Provide automation expertise on development projects, ensuring experimental work is well planned and executed to a high quality in a timely fashion. Automates in vitro diagnostic products and services for use in a range of applications.Provides automation expertise and input into experiments through to project work-packagesLead planning and execution of defined project automation work-packagesWork collaboratively with other scientists to automate laboratory processes which meet the user needs of our customersSupport cross functional collaboration, which may also include leading projectsCreate, maintain and improve of laboratory and automation SOPs, as well as systems and process SOPsDesign and execute effective and efficient automation activities involving;Install, test and validate new automation systemsAccurate and timely documentationDesign and optimise automation workflows to ensure they are compatible with test reagents to meet user requirementsEstablish user friendly interfaces on and between automated instrumentsEnable data transfer and traceability between automation platforms and LIMS (or similar) systemsData generation, ensuring integrity and organise data managementDetermining test parameters, such as output specificationsProvide accurate and independent data interpretation, building experience of systems-level thinkingMeeting regulatory or other requirementsLead troubleshooting activities when technical issues ariseParticipate in activities outside of own team, such as Innovation, Assay Development, Validation and Design Transfer, where requiredTrain other team members, cross functional colleagues and customers can be trained in the use of laboratory automation equipment and softwarePerformance of laboratory maintenance tasks such as lab maintenance, stock monitoring, goods in receiving and cleaningEnsure own work meets regulatory & quality requirements (including compliance to SOPs, documentation using lab books, study plans, study reports and integrity of data)Support and provide guidance to junior staffConsults with:R&D management, Team Leaders and other R&D team membersOther Health functions; e.g. Quality, Business Development, Legal, Finance, HR, AdminExternal companies; e.g., potential suppliers, commercial partners, etcSupervisory/Management Responsibilities:May involve supervision of junior staff and/or students QUALIFICATIONS, SKILLS AND ABILITIES: Degree or further degree (or equivalent) in a life science such as molecular biology, biochemistry or geneticsTypically, 5+ years of relevant automation experienceExperience with liquid handlers, plate readers, automation software and equipment; e.g. PerkinElmer, Beckman, Hamilton, Agilent, TecanSoftware programming skills including but not limited to SQL/batch files and VBA for robotic operation and graphical user interfaceWorking knowledge of GLP, as well as instrument qualification and validationAble to analyse scientific workflows and recommend changes to improve scientific processesGood grasp of experimental design and executionCapable of analysing data and providing interpretation.Supervisory experience of junior staffEnthusiasm, drive, thoroughness, diligence and a willingness to take personal responsibility to ensure that projects are successfulGood organizational skills and enjoys working to tight timelinesCan summarize scientific data in written form to effectively communicate plans, progress and ideas with Management, Peers or External AudiencesGood IT skills, including Microsoft Office suite Due to the high volume of applications we receive we are not able to get back to everyone who applies. Therefore if you have not heard back from Experis within 7 days please assume that your application has been unsuccessful however we will contact you if suitable roles come up that match your skill set.