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Scientific. Clinical. Software Engineering

Applications Automation Engineer

Marin Metro Area, CA

Job Type: Engineering Job Number: JN -122019-26093 Region: Marin Metro Area

Job Description

  • Support the existing PI Historian infrastructure utilized for manufacturing along with supporting the design, engineering, and commissioning of data collection for new manufacturing equipment.
  • Support manufacturing, utilities, and laboratory users by assessing their needs for the PI Historian, and execute independent projects to meet those needs.
  • Create a line of communication with vendors to troubleshoot and problems solve issues within the PI Historian environment.
  • Investigate and diagnose technical issues and provide recommendations/solutions for corrective and preventative actions.
  • Contribute to batch reporting projects/assignments in the support of site operations through requirements gathering, design support, report technical implementation, and test execution. Proactively look for and recommend improvements in site processes and procedures.
  • Develop and deploy analytics to aid in batch context generation and production lot review.
  • Create, edit, and review appropriate design documentation (User Requirements, Functional Specifications, Software Design Specifications, Configuration Specifications, IQ/OQ).
  • Manage requirements and run test scripts for system IQ/OQ in HP Quality Center.
  • Support and/or execute acceptance testing and IOQ protocols.
  • Follow established Quality Control systems and interface with the QA Validation group for GMP systems.


  • 0-3 years of experience in PI Historian, or other database use.
  • Programming in VBA, Visual Basic, C#, Python, or JavaScript strongly preferred.
  • Experience with PI Asset Framework a plus.
  • 0-3 years of experience in pharmaceutical environment including regulatory requirements associated with 21 CFR Part 11 and supporting validation of control system equipment.
  • 0-3 years of experience with the installation, startup, and servicing of process control systems.
  • Experience with PLC and data acquisition systems, and process control systems a plus.
  • Experience with developing GAMP documentation for internal projects as well as reviewing/approving vendor supplied documentation (User Requirements, Functional Specifications, Software Design Specifications, and Software Test Plans).
  • Experience with networks and communication protocols (e.g. OPC DA, OPC AE, MODBUS etc.) preferred.
  • Virtual Machines experience preferred.
  • Prior experience with controls systems supplied with skidded equipment utilized in fermentation, cell separation and recovery, filtration, CIP, and clean utilities strongly preferred.
  • Proficiency with standard Office software applications, including MS Word, MS Excel, MS Power Point, and MS Visio.
  • Familiarity with HP Quality Center and/or Trackwise a plus.
  • Strong organization, interpersonal, oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to self-direct and work both independently and in conjunction with cross-functional teams.


  • BS or MS Chemical, Electrical, Mechanical Engineering, BioMedical Engineering or Computer Science from an accredited university.

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