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Senior Automation Scientist

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Primary Location: Durham, North Carolina, United States Full time R1185031

Job description

Q2 Solutions is a leading clinical trial laboratory services organization with end-to-end laboratory services and secure, enterprise-wide biospecimen and consent management solutions. With a relentless focus on quality and innovation, Q2 Solutions uses its global experience and scientific expertise to transform science and data into actionable medical insights that help customers improve human health. 

Job Summary

Responsible for engineering and implementing laboratory automation solutions in a dynamic, high-throughput genomic laboratory specializing in clinical trial testing. As an integral member of the laboratory automation team, this individual will work directly with automation team members, Laboratory Operations, Assay Development, Information Technology, and other internal stakeholders to understand requirements, and to engineer and improve new and existing automation solutions.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Adhere to all Q Squared Solutions policies, procedures and employee handbook contents.
  • Engineer and implement laboratory automation solutions based upon requirements developed by the Laboratory Automation Group in consultation with internal stakeholders.
  • Interface directly with team members and internal clients in Laboratory Operations, Assay Development and Information Technology to understand and refine requirements for automation solutions and to coordinate activities accordingly.
  • Determine an appropriate level of testing, verification and/or validation for new automation platforms and methods, develop corresponding plans and summary reports commensurate with Quality Systems requirements.
  • Develop strong business relationships with laboratory automation vendors to facilitate early access to new technologies and responsive technical support.
  • Maintain calibration, preventative maintenance in collaboration with Laboratory Operations. Lead troubleshooting efforts at the discretion of management.
  • Critically review new technology on an ongoing basis to understand suitability towards Q Squared Solutions business strategy.
  • Function in a team environment, recognizing that priorities will shift according to business needs and maintain a flexible work schedule.
  • Other duties, as assigned.


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Working knowledge of GxP, CLIA and HIPAA requirements.
  • Direct experience with one or more automated liquid handling platforms such as Hamilton, Tecan or Beckman, including programming/scripting fluency.
  • Demonstrated familiarity with contemporary molecular genomic technologies.
  • Excellent planning and organizational skills, and close attention to detail are essential.
  • Capable of contributing to multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Superior oral and written communications skills.
  • Proficient user of standard office productivity software such as Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint, along with basic statistical analysis.
  • Direct experience interfacing automation systems with laboratory software systems including LIMS is strongly preferred.
  • Minimum Experience and Education Requirements:
  • BS or greater in Engineering, Molecular Genetics or related field
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in automation, with significant experience in a laboratory setting.
  • Experience in a clinical laboratory operating under GxP and/or CLIA guidelines and direct experience with clinical trials is preferred.

Minimum Experience and Education Requirements:

  • BS or greater in Engineering, Molecular Genetics or related field
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in automation, with significant experience in a laboratory setting.
  • Experience in a clinical laboratory operating under GxP and/or CLIA guidelines and direct experience with clinical trials is preferred.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by applicable law.

IQVIA, Inc. provides reasonable accommodations for applicants with disabilities.  Applicants who require reasonable accommodation to submit an application for employment or otherwise participate in the application process should contact IQVIA’s Talent Acquisition team at workday_recruiting@iqvia.com to arrange for such an accommodation.

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