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Senior Associate Scientist - Assay Automation
Company: Johnson & Johnson
Location: Malvern, PA
Employment Type: Full Time
Date Posted: 05/14/2022
Expire Date: 11/09/2022
Job Categories: Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical, Computers, Software, Finance/Economics, Information Technology, Manufacturing and Production, Science, Research & Development, Writing/Authoring
Job Description
Senior Associate Scientist - Assay Automation

Janssen Research & Development, LLC, a member of Johnson & Johnson's Family of Companies is recruiting for a Senior Associate Scientist - Assay Automation within the Laboratory Automation & Robotics team to collaborate in migrating analytical assays from the bench to laboratory automation systems. This role is based in Malvern, PA.

At the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson, we are working to create a world without disease. Transforming lives by finding new and better ways to prevent, intercept, treat and cure disease inspires us. We bring together the best minds and pursue the most promising science.

We are Janssen. We collaborate with the world for the health of everyone in it. Learn more at www.janssen.com and follow us @JanssenGlobal. Janssen Research & Development, LLC is part of the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies.

Janssen Biotherapeutics Development and Supply (BTDS) is moving forward with a major strategic investment to build a state-of-the-art, hands-free, automation and robotics laboratory for protein, cell, and gene therapies. The new centralized automation lab will be located in Malvern, PA and will house an ecosystem of integrated workcells and devices connected by mobile robotics, driven by scheduling and lab orchestration software. Once commissioned, this laboratory will deliver a suite of coordinated, integrated, end-to-end automated analytical workflows to enable bioprocess and formulation development.

You will utilize scientific and automated liquid handler scripting experience to collaborate with assay development SMEs and end-users to deliver automated workflows for biotherapeutic product development and QC/release analytics. Primary scientific areas of focus will be protein, viral, cell, and gene therapies, automating analytical workflows such as antigen binding, molecular, cell-based, flow cytometry, capillary electrophoresis, chromatography, and peptide mapping.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Collaborate with Analytical Development and QC Scientists to migrate analytical assays from the bench to various laboratory automated liquid handling platforms (e.g., Tecan, Hamilton, Beckman, Agilent)
  • Configure and script liquid handling workstations such as Tecan Evo/Fluent, Hamilton STAR/Vantage, Agilent Bravo, various dispensers
  • Lead automated methods development, qualification, training, and transfer activities
  • Collaborate with Integration colleagues in developing and deploying end-to-end workcell automation solutions (Driven by Biosero Green Button Go®, HighRes® Biosolutions Cellario, or Thermo Scientific™ Momentum)
  • Optimize automated systems; support technical investigations
  • Collaborate with automation team members to maintain automated systems as needed
  • Knowledge transfer and cross-training
  • Ensure data integrity through accurate and timely data capture/entry into appropriate systems
  • Author protocols, work instructions, SOPs, or presentations



  • A minimum of a Bachelor's degree in Biology, Biological Sciences, Biochemistry, Computer Science, Engineering, or equivalent is required
  • Master's degree is Biology, Biological Sciences, Biochemistry, Computer Science, Engineering, or equivalent is preferred. 
  • M.S. with 2 or more years, or B.S. with 4 or more years of laboratory automation experience is preferred

Experience and Skills:


  • Experience implementing automated laboratory workflows and high-throughput methods within the biotechnology or pharmaceutical industry; this includes instrument configuration, liquid handling, and method programming is required
  • Experience programming, operating, and troubleshooting liquid handling platforms or integrated systems, such as Tecan, Hamilton, Beckman Coulter, Agilent is required
  • Ability to identify/understand sophisticated customer needs and help craft automated solutions for laboratory workflows is required
  • Experience with biological or biochemical assays; migration of bench techniques to automated systems is required
  • Strong organizational and interpersonal skills (both written and oral), with the ability to closely collaborate with scientists, vendors, and external teams is required
  • Experience working with multidisciplinary teams is required


  • Experience integrating automated assay solutions with electronic data systems (e.g. LIMS, Electronic Lab Notebook) is preferred
  • Experience with various programming languages, such as Python, Visual Basic, C, C++, etc. is preferred
  • Experience with analytical method development is preferred
  • Experience with device integration or automated workcells is preferred 

At Johnson & Johnson, we’re on a mission to change the trajectory of health for humanity. That starts by creating the world’s healthiest workforce. Through cutting-edge programs and policies, we empower the physical, mental, emotional and financial health of our employees and the ones they love. As such, candidates offered employment must show proof of COVID-19 vaccination or secure an approved accommodation prior to the commencement of employment to support the well-being of our employees, their families and the communities in which we live and work.

For more information on how we support the whole health of our employees throughout their wellness, career and life journey, please visit www.careers.jnj.com.

Johnson & Johnson is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability.

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