Johnson & Johnson

Principal Scientist, Lead Evaluation Process & Screening Automation - La Jolla, CA

3+ months agoSan Diego, CA

Janssen Research & Development, L.L.C., a division of Johnson & Johnson's Family of Companies, is recruiting for a Principal Scientist, Lead Evaluation Process & Screening Automation within the Compound & Data Management & Screening Automation team located in the La Jolla area of San Diego, CA

At the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson, we are working to create a world without disease. Transforming lives by finding new and better ways to prevent, intercept, treat and cure disease inspires us. We bring together the best minds and pursue the most promising science.

We are Janssen. We collaborate with the world for the health of everyone in it. Learn more at and follow us @JanssenGlobal. Janssen Research & Development, LLC is part of the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies.

Our Discovery Technology and Molecular Pharmacology (DTMP) organization is looking for a Principal Scientist, Lead Evaluation Process & Screening Automation within the Compound, Data Management & Screening Automation team at the La Jolla, CA site

This Principal Scientist will have the following major responsibilities:

  • Lead day-to-day operation of laboratory automation and automated assays to support Lead Evaluation and Compound Profiling screening activities
  • Support end-user automated workflows through method development, error recovery, equipment troubleshooting and assay execution
  • Asset management, troubleshooting and maintenance of implemented robotic systems and standalone instrumentation
  • Implementation of automation projects, involving system design and prototyping, factory/site acceptance testing, method implementation, and end-user training and support
  • Programming, operation and troubleshooting of liquid handling platforms or integrated robotic systems, such as Tecan, Hamilton, Beckman Coulter, Agilent/Velocity11, Thermo Scientific™, or HighRes® Biosolutions, etc.
  • Transition manual workflows onto automated assay systems and optimize existing automated processes and platforms to improve efficiency, throughput, robustness and quality
  • Configure, program and troubleshoot laboratory automated platforms and work closely with vendors to ensure timely repairs and preventative maintenance
  • Author, execute and document test plans and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for automated workflows
  • Coordinate with multi-functional teams and execute projects in a timely manner
  • Monitor and evaluate new and emerging technologies in laboratory automation systems

  • Bachelor's, Master's Degree or Advanced Degree is required, in molecular biology, chemistry, engineering or related subject area
  • Minimum 10 or more years' experience in automation, liquid handling and/or assay screening experience is preferred
  • Experience in managing technology infrastructure supporting hit identification and lead optimization is preferred
  • Experience in design and implementing of complex cell biology assay workflows and automation system is preferred
  • Hardware/programming experience with robotic liquid handlers such as Tecan, Hamilton, Beckman, Agilent and robotic integration / scheduling software such as HighRes Biosolutions Cellario or Thermo Scientific Momentum is preferred
  • People management experience including the management of Ph.D., M.S., and B.S. scientists/engineers and/or contractors is preferred
  • Project management mind-set - ability to handle project plans, dependencies, critical path activities and achievements is preferred
  • Understanding of data analysis and visualization software such as Prism, Genedata, and Spotfire is preferred

Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies are equal opportunity employers, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, protected veteran status, disability status, or any other characteristic protected by law

Primary Location
United States-California-San Diego-3210 Merryfield Row
Other Locations
North America-United States-California-La Jolla
Janssen Research & Development, LLC (6084)
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