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Laboratory Automation Lead

CK Group- Science, Clinical and Technical
Newcastle Upon Tyne
Closing date
17 Jun 2024

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Biomedical Science
Contract Type
CK Group are recruiting for a highly motivated Laboratory Automation Lead to join a leading biotechnological company in Newcastle. The successful candidate will have the potential to transform laboratory operations and, in time, lead it.


A newly formed biotechnology organisation focused on building a biological and digital platform for biological assets. They have state–of–the–art microbial engineering facilities (including automation equipment), which the successful candidate will help develop and optimise in order to advance internal R&D activities.

The Role:
  • Develop and optimise automated protocols for a variety of life sciences laboratory processes using state–of–the–art laboratory automation tools (e.g. liquid handling robots, colony pickers, DNA sequencers, Flow cytometry, Digitally controlled bioreactors, microscopy, etc).
  • Program and maintain automation software and equipment to perform engineering biology, synthetic biology, microbiology, and molecular biology activities.
  • Collaborate with scientific teams to understand experimental needs and translate them into effective automated workflows.
  • Integrate data collection and analysis tools into automation scripts to ensure high–quality output and traceability integrating with the existing software platform.
  • Troubleshoot and refine automated processes to reduce errors and increase throughput.
  • Train team members on the use of automation technology and develop user–friendly interfaces for non–expert users.
  • Contribute to customers and project outputs delivery.

Your Background:
  • MSc or PhD in synthetic biology/engineering biology laboratory automation/bioengineering.
  • Proven experience in laboratory automation within the fields of engineering biology, synthetic biology, microbiology, or molecular biology.
  • Experience with design and execution of high–throughput experiments.
  • Strong programming skills, particularly in scripting for automation platforms (e.g. OpenTrons, CyBio Felix, Hamilton, Tecan, or Beckman Coulter systems) with software engineering good practices (e.g. version control, documentation, debugging, etc)
  • Experience with biological processes such as cell transformation, cloning, PCR, and next–generation sequencing.
  • Proficiency in data analysis and software integration for laboratory systems.
  • Excellent problem–solving and communication skills

Desirable Skills:
  • Background in synthetic biology or genetic engineering.
  • Bioinformatics and synthetic biology design software and tools (e.g. SBOL)
  • Knowledge of regulatory standards and quality control in a laboratory setting.


It is essential that applicants hold entitlement to work in the UK. Please quote job reference (phone number removed) in all correspondence.

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