Automation Engineer

Cambridge, MA, US
Nov 21, 2020
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time

The Automation Engineer will be responsible for Developing and supporting process control applications utilizing Distributed Control Systems (DCS), Human Machine Interfaces (HMI), Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition systems (SCADA), and Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC).

Amgen is looking for an Automation Engineer to join our Scale-Up Lab team in Cambridge, Massachusetts. This role will support complex automation initiatives in a dynamic and innovative environment. The role will comprise supporting ongoing biological processes and technology development projects through maintaining automation systems, providing engineering design, and managing small projects. Strong ability to work in cross-functional teams is important.


o Lead and support of both departmental and capital projects. Responsible for the application of advanced automation engineering principles in the design, specification, construction, startup, and validation of process equipment and systems for capital projects of moderate scope. Provide understanding of project life cycles

o Work directly with and communicate to scientific and operational staff to help translate process requirements into automation and engineering design

o Responsible for industry standards for batch control systems, software development life cycle methodologies, 21 CFR Part 11, and GAMP

o Development of detailed specification, engineering documents, SOP and operating standards

o Ownership and administration of process control automation in process development pilot manufacturing settings

o Lead technical root cause analysis, incident investigations, and troubleshooting on process control issues related to electrical, instrumentation and control systems

o Design and test of newly installed and currently installed automated process equipment

o Support new product introductions or new technology introductions by performing engineering assessments, implementing automation system configuration changes and supporting engineering runs

o Devise new approaches to complex problems through adaptations and modifications of standard automation technical principles

o Support a safe working environment by complying with all pertinent environmental health/safety practice, rules and regulations

o Work schedule flexibility to support pilot plant operations and project requirements.

Basic Qualifications

Master's degree and 2 years of Engineering experience


Bachelor's degree and 4 years of Engineering experience


Associate's degree and 8 years of Engineering experience

Preferred Qualifications

o B.S or M.S. in Chemical Engineering, Biotech Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science or related life science engineering.

o Direct experience with bioprocess unit operations such bioreactors, chromatography, filtration, etc.

o Strong control system automation background focused specifically in design, installation, programming and validation of automated processes

o 2+ years combined experience with Emerson DeltaV DCS systems version 12 or above

o Strong leadership, technical writing, and communication/presentation skills especially with engineering documentation

o Working knowledge of manufacturing IT networks

o Must be independent, self-motivated, organized, able to multi-task in project environments, and skilled in communication, facilitation, and collaboration.

Amgen is committed to unlocking the potential of biology for patients suffering from serious illnesses by discovering, developing, manufacturing and delivering innovative human therapeutics. This approach begins by using tools like advanced human genetics to unravel the complexities of disease and understand the fundamentals of human biology. Amgen focuses on areas of high unmet medical need and leverages its expertise to strive for solutions that improve health outcomes and dramatically improve people's lives. A biotechnology pioneer since 1980, Amgen has grown to be one of the world's leading independent biotechnology companies, has reached millions of patients around the world and is developing a pipeline of medicines with breakaway potential.

Join Us

If you're seeking a career where you can truly make a difference in the lives of others, a career where you can work at the absolute forefront of biotechnology with the top minds in the field, you'll find it at Amgen.

Amgen, a biotechnology pioneer, discovers, develops and delivers innovative human therapeutics. Our medicines have helped millions of patients in the fight against cancer, kidney disease, rheumatoid arthritis and other serious illnesses.

As an organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for people around the world, Amgen fosters an inclusive environment of diverse, ethical, committed and highly accomplished people who respect each other but compete intensely to win. Together, we live the Amgen values as we continue advancing science to serve patients.

Amgen is an Equal Opportunity employer and will consider all qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, or disability status.