Automation Engineer, Pharmaceutical Sciences Small Molecule

Groton, Connecticut
October 14 2021
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type
The Automation Engineer will support the integration of process and analytical technologies, instrumentation, and automation software and system design across new and emerging semi- and fully-continuous manufacturing platforms in the global facilities used by Pharmaceutical Sciences Small Molecule.

The successful candidate will collaborate with current technology experts within PSSM, WRD Business Technology, and Pfizer Global Engineering Supply to contribute to the development of an overarching Process Control and Automation strategy for our innovative manufacturing approaches for both drug product and Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients. This strategy will ensure consistency in control methodology and convention and ultimately timely and efficient transfers as novel technology platforms evolve through Development to Commercial deployment.

Initial opportunities for contribution will include: supporting the design and implementation of the new Sandwich Pilot Plant Process control system, aiding the implementation efforts for the PCMM (Portable Continuous Modular and Miniature) platform for solid oral dose manufacture, and advising on control approaches for the early elements of the FAST (Flexible API Supply Technology) initiative. As such, experience with continuous manufacturing would be an advantage in either the drug product or API areas. Experience with process safety principles, GMPs, GAMP, engineering and quality documentation systems, and change controls would be considered an advantage.

This role is anticipated to become a central connective point between the manufacturing equipment, the analytical instrumentation, the various software platforms and data repositories so that effective architectures can be deployed and maintained ensuring appropriate data flows and accessibility is enabled. Additional connectivity to the Scientific Data Cloud is also anticipated to become a requirement. In this instance the candidate will work with the Scientific Data Cloud community to ensure alignment with those requirements.

The candidate is expected to work extensively with the PAT and modeling SME's on the integration of online process and analytical needs to the broader system architecture. Effective off-line design and controlled implementation of system updates and robust adherence to structured change control (conducting impact assessments, quality records, etc.) are also important aspects of the role responsibilities.

This position has the potential for alignment activities across multiple locations including Sandwich, England, Ringaskiddy, Ireland and Freiburg, Germany. This position will be based in Groton, CT with some international travel required.

Role Responsibilities
  • The selected candidate will develop and integrate Process Control, PAT and Advanced Control for laboratory and manufacturing processes.
  • Control Systems integration in the first instance working on the Solid Oral dose continuous manufacturing (PCMM) platform.
  • Control Systems integration design and implementation for the FAST suite of platforms (Flow Hydrogenation, CCID, PFR, LLE).
  • Consult on System design, specification, and implementation support for the new manufacturing platforms including but not limited to the Process control system at the Sandwich Process Development Facility (API Manufacturing Pilot Plant).
  • Provide direction and oversight of resources at control system vendors for FAST platforms
  • Understand and implement current Data Integrity requirements into above designs
  • Provide support and connectivity to the Scientific Data Cloud effort within PSSM to reuse manufacturing data to create high fidelity models

Basic Qualifications
  • MA Degree and 7 years of experience in Engineering, Math or Computer science with demonstrated experience in automation.
  • Demonstrated ability in programming and debugging embedded systems using languages such as C, LabView, Python, DeltaV or similar. Familiarity with Linux OS on embedded systems a plus.
  • Experience using version control software, such as Github.
  • Should be comfortable generating code in one of the IEC 61131-3 languages.
  • Should be familiar and have documented (e.g. Github) contributions to open source automation tools, such as Node, OpenPLC, node-red
  • Demonstrated written/verbal communication, project management, and collaborative skills are required for this position.

Preferred Qualifications
  • PhD and 0-3 years' experience in Engineering, Math or Computer science with experience in automation.

  • Role may require some off-hour availability to provide remote support for design, implementation, and/or system troubleshooting for operations in other time zones.
  • Up to 10% Travel including international locations

EEO & Employment Eligibility

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