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Automation Engineer

United Kingdom

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Location Stevenage, GB Job ID JR-030566

Perkin Elmer is looking for Automation Engineer to work within Automation Medicine Design group at GSK to provide first-line software, technical & hardware support for their automated platforms and bench top liquid handlers with the primary objective of maximizing system reliability. The role will also work with the wider Scientific Services team to support on a variety of additional automation platforms when required and will be based at Stevenage.

Key Responsibilities

  • Develop Training Packages tailored to the automation platforms, intended for both LIS Engineers & the client’s scientific workforce.

  • Develop and implement a proactive maintenance regime for key equipment within Medicine Design at GSK.

  • Oversee & participate in equipment support activities within Medicine Design at GSK.

  • Act as 'first-responder' for critical equipment breakdowns, ensuring minimal impact on scientific activity.

  • Carryout on-going system performance analysis based upon error logs, live run interventions and root-cause analysis & trending of errors to mitigate their reoccurrence.

  • Train GSK LIS Engineers on key equipment within Medicine Design at GSK and ensure skill levels are maintained by establishing a reassessment schedule.

  • Train scientists within Medicine Design at GSK how to make best use of the automated  equipment, ensuring optimal routine operation.

  • Develop support solutions built around the requirements of Medicine Design at GSK to enhance service delivery

  • Establish & maintain strong relationships with the Vendor Service Organization.

  • Maintain awareness of new developments in their field of Laboratory Automation.

  • Provide technical mediation in the event of long running equipment issues involving multiple vendors

  • Help develop best-practice and facilitate knowledge sharing between automation SME’s at GSK.


  • HND in a Mechatronic related subject

  • Extensive experience in lab instrument support

  • Pharmaceutical / Regulated working background

  • Previous experience of working in multidisciplinary customer facing teams

  • Advanced Technical Skills in field of expertise

  • Experience of servicing scientific equipment

  • Understanding of device networking and communications protocols

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PerkinElmer is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability status, age, or veteran status or any other characteristics protected by applicable law. PerkinElmer is committed to a culturally diverse workforce.

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