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Manufacturing Automation Engineer

AbCellera Biologics

AbCellera Biologics

Software Engineering
Vancouver, BC, Canada
Posted on Thursday, January 11, 2024

AbCellera is breaking the barriers of conventional antibody discovery to bring better medicines to patients, sooner. Our engine integrates expert teams, technology, and facilities with the data science and automation needed to propel antibody-based medicines from target to clinic with precision and speed. AbCellera provides innovative biotech and leading pharmaceutical companies with a competitive advantage that empowers them to move quickly, reduce cost, and tackle the toughest problems in drug development.

AbCellera is looking for a skilled Automation Engineer to work within the clinical manufacturing team. As the Automation Engineer, you will be responsible for overseeing the automation design and commissioning process, generating qualification protocols, and maintaining the validated state of systems and processes. Our future facility will be nestled in the heart of Vancouver, Canada - we’ll support you and your family in every way we can to relocate if you haven't had the joy of living in this beautiful area!

We’d love to hear from you if

  • You are self-motivated and passionate about identifying and solving problems on a daily basis.
  • You have a bias towards innovation over industry standards.
  • You are enthusiastic about applying your expertise in advancing information technology and operating technology within manufacturing operations.
  • You are an outstanding communicator and teammate and excel at working with users to clearly define what they want from an automation system.
  • Your ability to adapt to rapidly changing priorities and deadlines is a strength.

How you might spend your days

  • Overseeing the automation design and commissioning process, generating qualification protocols, and maintaining the validated state of systems and processes
  • Providing technical input to automation impacting projects and supporting the start-up and commissioning of automation and critical process utility systems
  • Supporting the identification and investigation of deviations, development of CAPAs, change control activities and evaluating and recommending automation upgrades to existing equipment or systems
  • Supporting the plant that operates 24x7 by troubleshooting issues in real time and providing potential automation solutions for manufacturing and quality teams to assess in order to keep production moving forward while maintaining quality standards
  • Working with Process Development, MSAT and others to support the tech transfer playbook moving drug candidates from pilot plant to manufacturing scales with speed and precision
  • Participating in the planning and execution of OT software maintenance activities
  • Sharing your knowledge and experience with other members of the organization
  • Leading or participating in the delivery of automation capital works projects through the lifecycle of an operating manufacturing plant

Qualifications and Requirements

  • BS in engineering, computer science or equivalent engineering discipline and 5+ years of automation system experience with 2+ years relevant biopharmaceutical industry experience.
  • Experience with Rockwell Automation software and hardware
  • Experience with cGMP/GMP, data integrity, computer system validation, safety principles and working within a regulated industry.
  • Knowledge of process, utility and building control systems, GMP guidelines and qualification experience related to control and computer systems.
  • Excellent written, verbal, and presentation skills.
  • Experience with Building Automation & HVAC control systems is an asset.
  • Experience with Rockwell PlantPAx plants is an asset
  • Experience with Cytiva UNICORN software is an asset
  • Experience with biopharmaceutical manufacturing, cell culture, and defining class-based modules is an asset.
  • Demonstrated understanding of ISA standards regarding Batch Control (ISA-88), Alarm Management (ISA-18.2), Industrial Cybersecurity (ISA-99) and Enterprise-Control System Integration (ISA-95) is an asset

What we offer

AbCellera’s hiring range for this role is $75,200 - $94,000 CAD annually, commensurate with your education and job-related knowledge, skills, and experience. We base our salary ranges on localized market data ensuring competitive compensation. In addition to base salary, we offer equity, annual bonus dependent on team and company performance, and 6% (non-match) RRSP contribution.

At AbCellera, we have a number of initiatives to support AbCellerites in maximizing their work-life synergy. You will have a $1,500 annual active lifestyle allowance, annual vacation and company-wide office closures (a real value to all!), opportunity for flexible work arrangements, professional development opportunities, and comprehensive health benefits. Scientific and technical mentorship is a priority. Abundant team and social groups to build community and connections within AbCellera are a given.

About AbCellera

At AbCellera, we find the next generation of therapeutic antibodies. To succeed, we have created innovative solutions at every step - custom antigen preparation and immunizations, microfluidics, high-throughput imaging, genomics, computation, machine learning and laboratory automation - leaving no stone unturned and revolutionizing how scientists can explore natural antibody diversity and the scale at which they can do it. You’ll join a diverse and multi-disciplinary team of biologists, biochemists, engineers, bioinformaticians, computer scientists and physicists - all working together to bring better therapies to patients. This is life-changing research and you could be a part of it.

We’re a growing company with state-of-the-art discovery tools and the drive to be the best in the industry. This isn’t just about having the best technology. We know we need a world-class team of innovators working together to solve the toughest problems. We look for people with drive and energy. Idealists. People we love and people we trust. This may be unconventional, but it is the key to our success. We’re looking for someone like you to support and organize our efforts along the way.