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Scientist I - Automation Scientist

Date: Oct 19, 2021

Location: Palo Alto, California, US, 94304

Company: IFF Family of Companies

Job Description

IFF Nutrition and Biosciences is currently seeking a dynamic Automation Scientist with Life Science experience to join our Biochemistry Automation team.  The successful applicant will be a creative, flexible, highly-motivated contributor, excited to play a role in expanding automation and data-handling capabilities across IFF’s global R&D organization. Our interdisciplinary project teams are responsible for discovering, optimizing, and scaling-up enzyme technologies across a wide range of applications, providing sustainable solutions to change the world.

Candidates must have relevant experience in high-throughput screening, laboratory workflow analysis, and assay automation on robotic liquid handlers or microfluidics, as well as some familiarity with biochemistry and molecular biology techniques.  Experience in automating laboratory workflows in an industrial or commercial environment is strongly preferred.

This new R&D opportunity will be based at IFF’s Industrial Biosciences Technology and Innovation Center in Palo Alto, California, but the position will interface closely with other international teams.  Occasional travel to other R&D sites in Europe and North America will be required.


Working with the global automation team, the candidate will:

-    Identify and implement solutions (hard- and software) for improvement of the high quality automation infrastructure
-    Collaborate with project teams to design relevant and robust automation workflows
-    Execute, support, and leverage automation solutions (especially robotic sample handling and detection instrumentation)
-    Participate in efforts to align and improve automation capabilities
-    Take responsibility for local automation and robotic laboratory infrastructure, operation and maintenance
-    Communicate automation solutions through oral presentation, written SOPs, and in-person demonstrations
-    Regularly interact with project scientists to advance projects goals

Job Requirements

•    A Bachelor/Master degree in Life Science or the equivalent level of experience
•    Preferably 3-5 years of automation experience in industry or institute R&D
•    The successful candidate must be motivated and creative, with strong problem-solving and critical thinking skills
•    Knowledge and experience in lab automation processes and workflow analysis, preferably in high throughput screening in the biotech/pharma industry
•    Understanding of molecular biology and biochemistry techniques and concepts
•    Basic programming skills are highly desirable (Matlab, Python, R, SQL or equivalent), as well as use of robotic scheduling software
•    Technical instrument experience
•    Strong teamwork and interpersonal skills
•    Good record-keeping and organizational skills with exceptional attention to detail
•    Excellent written and oral communication abilities are required, along with the desire to work both independently (self-starter) and collaboratively in a multidisciplinary team
•    Ability to be effective in a growing, dynamic, and changing business environment


Nearest Major Market: San Jose
Nearest Secondary Market: Palo Alto