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Lab Robotics – Automation Engineer

Title: Lab Robotics – Automation Engineer (Associate – Senior positions)

Division / Dept.: Bioanalytical Labs

Location: Richmond, VA (Office Based)

Note: Full time, Benefits, Relocation Assistance Available


PPD is a leading global contract research organization providing comprehensive, integrated drug development, laboratory and lifecycle management services.  At PPD, we are passionate, deliberate, and driven by our purpose- to improve health!  

Envision a workplace where you have a direct impact on improving health, work alongside expert scientists, use newest technologies and collaborate with industry thought leaders and therapeutic experts. Welcome to PPD® Laboratories, where science is our passion, quality is our commitment and people are the cornerstone of our success. 

At PPD we hire the best, develop ourselves and each other, and recognize the power of being one team. We offer continued career advancement opportunities, award winning training and benefits focused on the health and wellbeing of our employees.  


Essential Function:

Analyzes and creates complex scripts/methods in support of high throughput sample analysis. Designs and leads developmental testing performed by team members. Evaluates processes and develops strategies for maximum efficiency and quality.

Summarized Purpose: 

  • Participates in validation projects, providing technical oversight and review of results.
  • Develops and validates scripts/methods.
  • Designs and executes experiments with minimal supervision.
  • Maintains weekly and monthly maintenance schedule as required for liquid handling workstations and other high-end instrumentation with supervision. Additionally, may assist and train laboratory personnel on maintenance activities as required.
  • Responsible for performing high-throughput analysis as required on an automated platform, and trains other staff for high throughput analysis.
  • Executes scientific assays using a variety of technologies/concepts with supervision.
  • Works on problems of limited scope. Follows standard practices and procedures in analyzing situations or data from which answers can be readily obtained.
  • Learns to use professional concepts. Applies company policies and procedures to resolve routine issues

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Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent and relevant formal academic / vocational qualification
  • Previous experience that provides the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the job (comparable to 1 years).

In some cases an equivalency, consisting of a combination of appropriate education, training and/or directly related experience, will be considered sufficient for an individual to meet the requirements of the role.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of programming languages such as Python, C#, VBScript 
  • Knowledge of basic automated platform software use and minor programming OR proven skills in complex automated platform software use and programming a PLUS
  • Demonstrated knowledge with liquid handling equipment and lab automation such as Hamilton, TECAN, Gyros or similar
  • Proficient in weekly and monthly maintenance events for automated liquid handlers
  • Experience or training working with lab equipment and instrumentation
  • Knowledge or experience with of high-throughput automated sample analysis organization and structure
  • Training of other laboratory staff for preventative maintenance activities and/or high throughput automated sample analysis
  • Collaborate with team members to support lab operations and meet planned goals and deadlines
  • Ability to multi-task and prioritize tasks as needed


PPD Benefits Overview:

PPD offers comprehensive benefits including medical, dental, vision, pharmacy, employee assistance program, wellness program options and more.


Other benefits include:

  • 401k with matching contributions, life insurance, long term and short-term disability insurance, flexible medical and dependent care spending accounts.
  • Work life balance programs including paid time off for vacation/sick time, paid holidays, floating holiday and vacation sell back program.
  • Wellness benefits including health and wellness programs, fitness facility access or discount, health coaching and more.
  • Education reimbursement and tuition assistance programs, professional development training, skills training, education loan repayment plan, dependent   scholarship program and more.
  • Employee appreciation events, service recognition awards, annual reviews, merit plans and bonus plans
  • Community connections and activities including philanthropic engagement, volunteer service projects and more
  • Other great options including pet insurance, legal and financial services plan, auto and home insurance discounts.


Below Is Listed The Working Environment/requirements For This Role

PPD values the health and wellbeing of our employees. We support and encourage individuals to create a healthy and balanced environment where they can thrive.

  • Able to communicate, receive, and understand information and ideas with diverse groups of people in a comprehensible and reasonable manner
  • Able to work upright and stationary and/or standing for typical working hours
  • Able to lift and move objects up to 25 pounds
  • Able to work in non-traditional work environments
  • Able to use and learn standard office equipment and technology with proficiency
  • May have exposure to potentially hazardous elements, including infectious agents, typically found in healthcare or laboratory environments
  • Able to perform successfully under pressure while prioritizing and handling multiple projects or activities

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