Data Operations Engineer

Gaithersburg, MD, US
Sep 28, 2020
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time
Those who join Emergent BioSolutions feel a sense of ownership about their future. You will excel in an environment characterized by respect, innovation and growth opportunities. Here, you will join passionate professionals who advance their scientific, technical and professional skills to develop products designed-to protect life.

Job Summary

The Digital Systems Engineer will support operation, monitoring and advancement of laboratory IT which includes automation/control systems while working on a variety of data related projects. The engineer will be involved in establishing and maintaining a stable and future ready digital foundation for data acquisition and data management systems. This position is located in Gaithersburg, MD.

Essential Functions
  • Assists in gathering requirements for configuration, maintenance, and upgrade of SCADA/control and automation systems
  • Ensures connectivity and automation of data collection from lab scale equipment and instruments
  • Supports opportunities to standardize data collection and data transfer solutions
  • Participates in development, ongoing support, and delivery activities related to data services
  • Supports rollout of Industry 4.0 digital initiatives
  • Solves a range of increasingly complex problems and analyzes data solutions by acquiring new Knowledge
  • Helps coordinate efforts of IT support groups and external resources such as vendors and consultants
  • Assists users in troubleshooting SCADA and control system related problems
  • Contributes to new computer platform design and data driven solutions
  • Responsible for support of laboratory/automation data historians and analytics systems
  • Provides Windows OS environment support, maintenance and patching in a controlled environment
  • Troubleshoots Windows log files and performance
  • Maintains up-to-date knowledge on modern data technologies and data management
  • Platforms
  • Assists with support and planning of data related and system architecture portion of CAPEX projects
  • Prepares data related procedures and documentation
  • Adheres to project budgets and schedules, performing work in accordance with internal SOPs and good Engineering Practices, as well as, regulations and compliance
  • Supports testing of deliverables and provides data analysis as needed
  • Supports activities related to global LIMS project
  • Manages and optimizes processes for data intake, transfer, validation, and visualization

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature of work performed by those in this job. It is not an exhaustive list of all duties, and other duties may be assigned.

Education, Experience & Skills
  • Bachelor's degree in Computer Science, IT, Data Science, Engineering or related field from an accredited university
  • 3+ years' experience and/or relevant project/coursework
  • Knowledge of real-time data acquisition and/or automation/controls environment
  • Experience with software in the following fields: SCADA and/or control systems, automation, process controls
  • Experience administering and/or configuring data historian systems such as OSIsoft PI
  • Knowledge of PC environment, able to modify network settings, understanding of remote connections
  • Exposure to working with data transfer methods to other digital platforms such as IIoT
  • Experience or exposure to communications protocols such as OPC, Modbus, MQTT
  • Knowledge/exposure to virtual VMWare environment
  • Problem solving, quantitative and analytical abilities
  • Experience in dashboard development to visualize data and metrics
  • Works well within teams and interactions with groups of various disciplines
  • Exercises judgment within generally defined practices and policies in selecting methods and techniques for obtaining data solutions
  • Possesses analytical and logical troubleshooting skills for computer and basic network issues
  • Proficient with computer applications such as Microsoft Suite and Visual Basic, batch files
  • Must lead by example through strong work ethics and high standards
  • Must be able to adapt to change while viewing obstacles as opportunities
  • Desire to continue to promote personal and technical development
  • Interest in cutting edge data technologies

Preferred Requirements
  • Experience supporting lab/manufacturing/automation systems
  • Experience supporting lab systems such as Waters Empower
  • Experience with OSIsoft PI real-time data and events management system
  • Knowledge and desire to work with IIoT platforms
  • Experience with coding in VB, C#, Python, or other standard programming languages
  • Experience/exposure to Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence, 3-D printing
  • Experience working with data acquisition platforms in a controlled environment
  • IT or specialized certifications such as Network +, Security +, CCENT, Server +, or related
  • Experience in a pharmaceutical, biopharmaceutical, and consumer products process company or food industry
  • Familiarity with data integrity/assurance and data security guidelines

  • There are physical/mental demands and work environment characteristics that must be met by an individual to successfully perform the essential functions of the job.
  • This information is available upon request from the candidate.
  • Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform all essential functions.


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