Sr. Laboratory Automation Engineer

Req ID #:  95211

Wayne, PA, US, 19087

For 70 years, Charles River employees have worked together to assist in the discovery, development and safe manufacture of new drug therapies. When you join our family, you will have a significant impact on the health and well-being of people across the globe. Whether your background is in life sciences, finance, IT, sales or another area, your skills will play an important role in the work we perform. In return, we’ll help you build a career that you can feel passionate about.

Basic Summary

We are seeking a Sr. Laboratory Automation Engineer for our Biologics Testing Solutions site located in Wayne, PA. You may be required to work a rotating shift schedule that may include weekend hours.


Transformational advocate and champion responsible for strategy and implementation of automation within our CGMP laboratories. Responsible for creating and supporting automated laboratory workflows within existing, and newly built laboratories. Work closely with laboratory scientists to successfully develop and convert manually performed assays to automated platforms, with the goal of increasing capacity and precision, and reducing opportunities for human error. Work closely with individuals within the operations and quality departments to develop validation deliverables, ensuring fit for purpose and testing requirements that are defined, and are in compliance with the Master Validation Plan and applicable CGMP regulations. Assist in the transfer of newly developed assays from the development/validation phase, to routine practice in the laboratory (internally and externally), in a manner that is consistent with the goals and timelines of the testing laboratories.



  • Engage with scientists across multiple departments to design and implement automation solutions, with the goal to increase efficiencies, capacity, decrease turnaround times, and reduce opportunities for human error.
  • Install, test, and validate new automation systems, and adapt existing automation systems to ensure they meet scientific needs, user functionality, and regulatory requirements
  • Be a hands-on guide to support end users when faced with technical issues and provide comprehensive training and documentation to enable the end user to use the automation platform autonomously.
  • Prepare validation deliverables for computerized systems, including:
    • Validation Plans,
    • Requirements Specification,
    • Configuration Specifications,
    • Risk Assessments, Test Scripts,
    • Traceability Matrices, and Validation Summary Reports.


  • Bachelor's degree (B.A./B.S.) or equivalent in a scientific, Engineering, IT discipline or related field.
  • Minimum of 5 to 7 years laboratory automation and computerized system validation related experience in a pharmaceutical, biotechnology and/or biomedical industry.
  • Working knowledge of lab equipment/instrumentation, test method, process, and facility validation in a regulated environment.
  • An equivalent combination of education and experience may be accepted as a satisfactory substitute for the specific education and experience listed above.
  • Must have excellent oral and written communication skills. Strong documentation development and technical writing skills are critical to this position.
  • Must have in-depth knowledge of accepted industry practices and the regulatory requirements that govern Computer System Validation in the pharmaceutical industry.  21 CFR Parts 210, 211, 820, 11, EU Annex-11, and applicable ICH and FDA guidance’s.
  • Leadership ability, project management, and facilitation skills required.
  • Must be proficient with  Microsoft Office suite
  • Must have good interpersonal, organizational, and analytical skills.

About Biologics Testing Solutions
With more than 50 years of experience and proven regulatory expertise, the Charles River Biologics group can address challenging projects for biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies worldwide. Offering a variety of services such as contamination and impurity testing, protein characterization, bioassays, viral clearance studies and stability and lot release programs, we support clients throughout the biologic development cycle, from the establishment and characterization of cell banks through preclinical and clinical studies to marketed products. Whether clients need stand-alone services, a unique package of testing, or insourced support, our Biologics group can create a custom solution to suit their needs.  Each year more than 20,000 biologic testing reports are sent each and over 200 licenses products are supported by our biologics testing solutions team.


About Charles River
Charles River is an early-stage contract research organization (CRO). We have built upon our foundation of laboratory animal medicine and science to develop a diverse portfolio of discovery and safety assessment services, both Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) and non-GLP, to support clients from target identification through preclinical development. Charles River also provides a suite of products and services to support our clients’ clinical laboratory testing needs and manufacturing activities. Utilizing this broad portfolio of products and services enables our clients to create a more flexible drug development model, which reduces their costs, enhances their productivity and effectiveness to increase speed to market.


With over 17,000 employees within 90 facilities in 20 countries around the globe, we are strategically positioned to coordinate worldwide resources and apply multidisciplinary perspectives in resolving our client’s unique challenges. Our client base includes global pharmaceutical companies, biotechnology companies, government agencies and hospitals and academic institutions around the world. And in 2019, revenue increased to $2.62 billion.


At Charles River, we are passionate about our role in improving the quality of people’s lives. Our mission, our excellent science and our strong sense of purpose guide us in all that we do, and we approach each day with the knowledge that our work helps to improve the health and well-being of many across the globe. We have proudly supported the development of ~85% of the drugs approved by the FDA in 2019.


Equal Employment Opportunity

Charles River Laboratories is an Equal Opportunity Employer - M/F/Disabled/Vet.


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