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Sr. Advisor - Automation Engineering

Eli Lilly and Company
San Diego, California
Start date
May 23, 2023

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Engineering, Automation Engineer
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time
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At Lilly, we unite caring with discovery to make life better for people around the world. We are a global healthcare leader headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana. Our 35,000 employees around the world work to discover and bring life-changing medicines to those who need them, improve the understanding and management of disease, and give back to our communities through philanthropy and volunteerism. We give our best effort to our work, and we put people first. We’re looking for people who are determined to make life better for people around the world.

The Biologics Automation and High-throughput Technologies Group at the Eli Lilly Biotechnology Center in San Diego is searching for an expert Automation Engineer leader to support multiple scientific research teams involved in early-stage discovery and screening of protein therapeutics. Do you want to work with top engineers and scientists using groundbreaking, pioneering technology to discover innovative biotherapeutic medicines? If your answer is yes, then this could be the right role for you!

  • Ensure that common automation equipment is accurately maintained and in good working order. This includes stand-alone liquid handlers (BioMek, Lynx, Echo), plate readers (SpectraMax, Envision, Neo2) plate washers/dispensers, protein quantification instruments (Octet), colony/plaque pickers (Pix), sequencing instruments etc., as well as several fully integrated robotic systems.

  • Supervise a group of automation engineers whose responsibilities include automation equipment installation, maintenance, qualification, writing operational scripts, modifying scheduling software, and providing assistance to non-automation scientists across the site.

  • Work collaboratively with protein discovery, engineering, and expression groups at the San Diego site to optimize research efficiencies through implementation of novel automation process improvements and technologies.

  • Work with automation equipment vendors to implement and validate novel systems and/or technologies.

Minimum Qualifications:
  • Ph. D. in engineering or related field with 3+ years of automation engineering experience; OR M.S. or B.S. with a minimum of 10 years of experience

Additional Skills / Preferences:
  • Experience should include at least 3 years of relevant industry experience, in a well-equipped automation lab preferably in a pharmaceutical company or an automation provider.

  • Experience in the operation, maintenance, fixing and scripting for liquid handlers, dispensers, plate washers, plate readers, Octet, etc. required.

  • Extensive expertise in the scheduling, operation, training and fixing fully integrated robotic liquid-handling systems.

  • Programming experience using Python, C# or VB.NET is a plus.

  • Expertise with BioSero’s Green Button Go, SAMI, Cellario or other scheduling software strongly preferred.

  • Proficient in statistical analysis tools such as JMP, SAS, and Business Intelligence and Visualization (i.e., Tableau, PowerBI, Spotfire etc.)

  • Previous direct supervision experience of automation engineers in an industrial setting.

  • A thorough familiarity with pioneering laboratory automation technologies, equipment, and standard methodologies. Demonstrated ability to set and enable a strategic vision for the group.

  • Outstanding interpersonal skills including the ability to work with other automation engineers, as well as non-automation scientists. Experience in influencing and educating other scientists and engineers to use automation technologies to improve and accelerate workflows.

  • Excellent organizational skills, as exemplified by an interest in clear record-keeping, and data analysis, and ability to prioritize work across multiple projects.

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.

Additional Information

Location: San Diego, CA

Eli Lilly and Company, Lilly USA, LLC and our wholly owned subsidiaries (collectively “Lilly”) are committed to help individuals with disabilities to participate in the workforce and ensure equal opportunity to compete for jobs. If you require an accommodation to submit a resume for positions at Lilly, please email Lilly Human Resources ( ) for further assistance. Please note This email address is intended for use only to request an accommodation as part of the application process. Any other correspondence will not receive a response.

Lilly is an EEO/Affirmative Action Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, protected veteran status, disability or any other legally protected status.

Our employee resource groups (ERGs) offer strong support networks for their members and help our company develop talented individuals for future leadership roles. Our current groups include: Africa, Middle East, Central Asia Network, African American Network, Chinese Culture Network, Early Career Professionals, Japanese International Leadership Network (JILN), Lilly India Network, Organization of Latinos at Lilly, PRIDE (LGBTQ + Allies), Veterans Leadership Network, Women’s Network, Working and Living with Disabilities. Learn more about all of our groups.

As a condition of employment with Eli Lilly and Company and its subsidiaries in the United States and Puerto Rico, you must be fully COVID-19 vaccinated and provide proof of vaccination satisfactory to the company (subject to applicable law). 


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