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Automation Engineer Co-Op Spring 2024

Pharmaceutical Product Development (PPD)

Lexington, Massachusetts, United States of America

Job Description

Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. is the world leader in serving science, with annual revenue exceeding $25 billion. Our Mission is to enable our customers to make the world healthier, cleaner and safer. Whether our customers are accelerating life sciences research, solving complex analytical challenges, improving patient diagnostics and therapies or increasing productivity in their laboratories, we are here to support them.

At Thermo Fisher Scientific, we manufacture the latest viral vector therapies. We offer the expertise and resources necessary to help clients bring their drug discoveries from process development though clinical supply and commercial manufacturing. VVS is located at the forefront of ThermoFisher’s leading and ground breaking Cell and Gene Therapy business, enabling clients to cure genetic, rare, and otherwise untreatable diseases.

Location/Division Specific InformationThe Automation Engineer Co-op will be a member of the Viral Vector Services Team in Cambridge, MA. The engineer will be based on the manufacturing site, supporting the site both remotely and directly on the manufacturing floor.

How will you make an impact?An Automation Engineer Co-op fulfills the role of a junior member of the automation team supporting day to day operation of the facility. They are responsible for employing their learning acumen to grow their technical knowledge of a variety of automation systems in a GMP production environment. They will be required to solve a variety of technical challenges across the intersection of automation, process and equipment. This includes both on call support of the production facility as well as growing the technical knowledge base across the rest of the team. The Co-op will also be responsible to support projects that enhance the capabilities and reliability of the manufacturing facility

What will you do?

·Become familiar and gain technical knowledge for the various automation systems implemented on site in order to support fixing and improvement projects of those systems .

·Solve a variety of Automation systems on the manufacturing floor including but not limited to DeltaV, Allen Bradley, Unicorn, OsiPI

·Work with vendors and contractors to repair, maintain and upgrade the sites automation systems.

·Support the automation efforts within projects to implement new equipment, systems and/or manufacturing processes at the site

·Fix and resolve multiple concurrent issues with a high degree of quality.

·Ensure all work is completed by the team is to the highest GMP standards (GAMP 5, 21CFR Part 11 etc)

·Prioritize a multitude of different tasks and self-manage the workload to achieve team goals

To qualify, applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States, and should not require, now or in the future, sponsorship for employment visa status. Unrestricted US Work Authorization. Forms of OPT and CPT are restricted work authorization and are not accepted for this role.

How will you get here?


Enrolled in a university studying an engineering field such as Electrical or Mechanical Engineerin

1+ years’ of completed university coursework  


0-3 years experience required


·Demonstrated knowledge of IT and computed coding

·Experience with biopharmactical manufacturing processes (Bioreactors, Chromatography, Filtration etc)

·Working in an FDA regulated industry, particularly one adhering to GAMP 5 and 21 CFR Part 11 requirements.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities

·Excellent verbal and written communication skills

·Experience building and managing relationships across a large enterprise

·Commitment to Continuous Learning

·Willing and able to stay informed on industry trends

·Requires work flexibility to support a 24/7 production facility

·Ability to find solutions to a variety of challenges and ensure multi-functional alignment.

·Strong self-starter able to manage and plan out tasks and meet commitments.

At Thermo Fisher Scientific, each one of our 100,000 extraordinary minds has a unique story to tell. Join us and contribute to our mission — enabling our customers to make the world healthier, cleaner and safer.

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

We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.

Job posted: 2023-11-17