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Senior Engineer, Process Control

MedImmune, LLC

Gaithersburg, MD
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Full time
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Required Education:
Masters Degree
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Job Description

Gaithersburg, Maryland, United States
Job reference: R-007693
Posted date: May. 18, 2017

If you’re inspired by the possibilities of science to change lives and you thrive when making brave decisions – join us.

MedImmune is the worldwide biologics research and development arm of AstraZeneca. Here, you’ll have the opportunity to make a difference in people’s lives every day. As one of the world’s premier biotechnology companies, our mission is centered on delivering life-changing products that advance world health, and help fight and cure disease.  As a Sr. Engineer, Process Control in Gaithersburg, MD, you’ll play a pivotal role in channeling our scientific capabilities to make a positive impact on changing patients’ lives.

We’re constantly pushing the boundaries of science to deliver life-changing medicines to patients, with a passion for discovery and a pipeline to show for it. We’re pioneering innovative research and exploring novel pathways across key therapeutic areas including oncology, respiratory, inflammation and autoimmunity, cardiovascular and metabolic disease, and infection and vaccines. And we’re industry-leading in immunology, protein engineering and translational science. We offer a unique and strong collaborative network as part of the AstraZeneca family, as together we explore synergies between small and large molecules.

MedImmune has a dynamic environment that fosters collaboration and innovation. We attract top minds, and we nurture and build top talent.

Position Summary:

The Senior Process Controls Engineer works within the Engineering and Automation Department – Manufacturing Sciences in Gaithersburg, MD.  The Engineering and Automation Department fulfills the critical role of managing all Engineering and Automation functions in support of Clinical Manufacturing at the Gaithersburg Facilities.   The department reports to manufacturing and is accountable for strategic capital project management, automation design and implementation, maintenance of automation systems and administration of infrastructure.  As a Senior Process Controls Engineer, you’ll play a pivotal part in designing, installing and maintaining critical automation and manufacturing technology to support clinical biologics manufacturing.  Critical to this effort is collaboration with process development engineers to create new cGMP designs for the development of novel molecules in the MedImmune pipeline. 

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

SME for system, facility, and automation process control. Creates total designs including automation/ facility/mechanical integration.  Manages capital project execution from design through operation. Designs and implements new technologies, up-grades, and replacements. Builds code, graphics, databases, configuration of applications, etc.  Maintains multi site operations including administration of manufacturing systems and infrastructure. Collaborates with departments (QA, QC, IT, etc.) at technical level. Leads multifunctional change control. Manages outside technical consultants. Defines / manages data integrity. Troubleshoots / resolves department issues. Utilize Quality and Six Sigma tools to lead investigations and operational excellence efforts.   Creates department policies. Creates budgets and resource plans for projects. Develops / executes specifications, validation plans, technical training plans, validation documents, etc.



  • S88
  • GAMP
  • Rockwell Programming
  • FactoryTalk View Experience (Distributed and Standalone applications)
  • FactoryTalk Batch Experience
  • Ladder Logic Programming
  • Structured Text Programming
  • Function Block Programming
  • Ethernet, DeviceNet and ControlNet Configuration
  • Variable Frequency Drive Configuration
  • Visual Basic
  • Database SQL 2012 administration
  • Vantage Point Report writing
  • HMI Graphic Design

Desired Skills:

  • PID Loop Tuning
  • Wonderware
  • OSI Pi 2010 to current
    • Architect new environments
    • Create and maintain tags
    • Create web pages for process and supporting equipment for live viewing
    • Administrate and maintain PI databases and interfaces nodes.
    • Datalink, SMT and ProcessBook programing.
    • Coresite a plus
  • TCP\IP based Networking and Firewalls.
  • Windows and Linux Operating Systems.
  • Virtualization software Hyper-V and VMware.
  • Active Directory and Forest Trusts.
  • Cell Culture Process Knowledge
  • Purification Process Knowledge


  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Computer Sciences or IT
  • Master’s degree or higher in Engineering, Computer Sciences or IT with reduced experience will also be considered.


  • 9 years of experience in programming and database management.
  • 6 years GMP and GDP experience in a biotech or sterile pharmaceutical manufacturing environment.
  • 4 years of Project Management experience.



Next Steps – Apply today!

To be considered for this exciting opportunity, please complete the full application on our website at your earliest convenience – it is the only way that our Recruiter and Hiring Manager can know that you feel well qualified for this opportunity.  If you know someone who would be a great fit, please share this posting with them.

AstraZeneca is an equal opportunity employer. AstraZeneca will consider all qualified applicants for employment without discrimination on grounds of disability, sex or sexual orientation, pregnancy or maternity leave status, race or national or ethnic origin, age, religion or belief, gender identity or re-assignment, marital or civil partnership status, protected veteran status (if applicable) or any other characteristic protected by law.