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Automation Engineer

Washington - Bothell, Washington
Closing date
Apr 23, 2024

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Physical Sciences, Engineering
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type
All Industry, Pharma
Why Patients Need You

Pfizer's purpose is to deliver breakthroughs that change patients' lives. Research and Development is at the heart of fulfilling Pfizer's purpose as we work to translate advanced science and technologies into the therapies and vaccines that matter most. Whether you are in the discovery sciences, ensuring drug safety and efficacy or supporting clinical trials, you will apply cutting edge design and process development capabilities to accelerate and bring the best in class medicines to patients around the world.

Role Summary

We are looking for an Automation Engineer who will lead our automation core team within the Protein and Bioanalytical Sciences group. This person will play a critical role in the development of solutions that increase the efficiency, throughput and cost effectiveness of processes conducted by the ADC Discovery and Cancer Immunology department, in support of the Pfizer Oncology research community. The Automation Engineer will collaborate with subject matter experts in ADC Conjugation and Protein Bioanalytical Sciences to analyze existing processes and tools with the goal of identifying high impact, automation focused improvements.These may include process, instrument, and software improvements. The resulting data driven recommendations will ensure that the proposed solutions have a meaningful positive effect on Key Productivity Indicators. The Automation Engineer will collaborate with scientists to execute and , at times, drive projects that fulfill the department's objectives. The goal is to enhance the research community's ability to quickly find targeted therapies to enable rapid advancement of cancer therapeutics.These activities will require onsite work at our Bothell, WA campus .

Role Responsibilities
  • Lead development of automated protocols on a variety of laboratory instruments.
  • Development of assays on liquid handlers, such as Tecan Fluent, and Hamilton STAR
  • Oversee automation efforts within the functional team; advise, plan and forecast how new automation strategies can enhance throughput and efficiency. Then help build the solutions.
  • Take calculated risks and design automated solutions that are robust and easy to operate but provide Pfizer with a competitive edge.
  • Leverage knowledge of programming languages like C+ and Python to enhance or expand the capabilities and flexibility of automated laboratory solutions.
  • Keep your finger on the pulse of technology advances that can be leveraged to increase performance and robustness of Pfizer's laboratories.
  • Partner cross-functionally with scientific subject matter experts. Leverage strong automation knowledge to contribute to the decision-making process to reach the best solutions.
  • Collaborate on development of robust experiments that evaluate feasibility of a potential automated solutions, using data to guide direction.
  • Work alongside scientists to learn or enhance laboratory skills related to ADC bioconjugation and protein purification to help deliver highly characterized molecules for discovery research.
  • Execute and document early-stage experiments, feasibility studies and ultimately validation studies.
  • Propose ideas, own responsibilities, and manage timelines effectively to meet milestones and deliver results.
  • Leverage strong problem-solving skills to support all things laboratory automation.
  • Communicate strongly with group leaders to ensure they are informed.


  • Bachelor's Degree in Biochemistry, Engineering or related field, with 9+ years of experience, or Master's Degree with 7+ years of experience in laboratory setting, including 3+ years developing laboratory automation of varying complexity.
  • Ability to program liquid handling robotics with strong knowledge of liquid class optimization.
  • Experience using program languages to enhance the processing capabilities of automated platforms.
  • Ability to lead projects independently, with an understanding of when to seek guidance.
  • Strong troubleshooting and automation methodology capabilities.
  • Desire to assist colleagues when needed with automation related issues.
  • Experience generating metrics and acting based on data.
  • Strong communication skills with ability to build strong cross-functional relationships and to report progress to leadership.

  • Prior experience with Tecan liquid handlers, including end-to-end coding of new methods.
  • Experience writing plans, protocols, and reports for equipment qualification, experimental design, feasibility studies, and validation.
  • Experience performing bioconjugation and/or protein purification in an industry setting.
  • Experience with process mapping and Gantt charting.
  • Experience building customized parts for improved automation.
  • Experience with ELN integration.


Ability to stand, bend and lift heavy items up to 30 lbs

Other Job Details:
  • Work Location:On Premise
  • Last date to apply is April 21, 2024

The annual base salary for this position ranges from $88,300.00 to $147,100.00. In addition, this position is eligible for participation in Pfizer's Global Performance Plan with a bonus target of 12.5% of the base salary and eligibility to participate in our share based long term incentive program. We offer comprehensive and generous benefits and programs to help our colleagues lead healthy lives and to support each of life's moments. Benefits offered include a 401(k) plan with Pfizer Matching Contributions and an additional Pfizer Retirement Savings Contribution, paid vacation, holiday and personal days, paid caregiver/parental and medical leave, and health benefits to include medical, prescription drug, dental and vision coverage. Learn more at Pfizer Candidate Site - U.S. Benefits | ( Pfizer compensation structures and benefit packages are aligned based on the location of hire. The United States salary range provided does not apply to Tampa, FL or any location outside of the United States.

Relocation assistance may be available based on business needs and/or eligibility.

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EEO & Employment Eligibility

Pfizer is committed to equal opportunity in the terms and conditions of employment for all employees and job applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, gender identity or gender expression, national origin, disability or veteran status. Pfizer also complies with all applicable national, state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment as well as work authorization and employment eligibility verification requirements of the Immigration and Nationality Act and IRCA. Pfizer is an E-Verify employer. This position requires permanent work authorization in the United States.

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