Assay Automation and Data Management Technician

BSc automation programming VBA R SQL QC GCLP GMP


CLS Services is a leading professional recruitment agency specialised in chemistry & life sciences.
For our client Janssen Vaccines & Prevention we are searching for an Assay Automation and Data Management Technician.

  • B.Sc. (max) Systems/ Electrical/ Mechanical engineering
  • Programming: VBA for Excel, R and SQL
  • QC
  • Communication skills

As a Technician your primary role will be assuring smooth day-to-day operation of two fully automated assay systems. This will include both providing technical assistance for trained end-users when performing experiments, and performing regular maintenance tasks. You will also assume a lead role in monitoring, identifying, and recording any quality issues arising during the automated sample testing process, and initiate recommendations for change. You will provide real-time troubleshooting during equipment malfunctions and arrange repairs with instrument vendors on tight deadlines.

Secondary role will involve improving data management around automated sample testing, requiring programming experience to develop workflows supporting automated sample testing. These workflows include templates for experiment planning, automated generation of instructions for assay execution, post-experiment annotation of raw data, data validation and initial QC assessment of experiment.

In this role you will be introduced to state-of-the-art laboratory automation hardware and software, working in a truly interdisciplinary setting, at the intersection of experimental biology, laboratory automation, and informatics.

Key responsibilities:
  • Organise, perform, and document regular maintenance of automated systems and all related equipment;
  • Communicate with external vendors and service providers, schedule and oversee their visits;
  • Develop validation methods for integrated instruments;
  • Manage automation labs and critical supplies, maintain compliance according to quality management system;
  • Day-to-day support of automated sample testing including on-demand troubleshooting;
  • Write and maintain documentation (e.g. work instructions, standard operation procedure);
  • Design templates and data entry forms, enhance functionality using scripts and macros;
  • Improve existing workflows and templates based on feedback from Scientists and Research Assistants;
  • Link data from different workflows to further automate data management and analysis;
  • Key user of laboratory information system(s) supporting automation.


The ideal candidate has a B.Sc. (max) in Systems/ Electrical/ Mechanical engineering with 2-4 years of experience in biotechnology/pharmaceutical industry. You have experience with laboratory automation systems and quality management systems like GCLP and GMP. You have programming skills in VBA for Excel, R and working knowledge of SQL. Experience in QC of laboratory instruments and prior experience in GxP environment is a big plus.
We are looking for an organised, accurate and driven team player with good communication skills. Are you the analytical problem solver we are looking for?


Salary: >2700
Days of leave: 25 + 11
See here our other employment terms for this vacancy
Project for at least 1 year
On-site role, need to be located app. 20 min from the Leiden Bioscience Park

Company profile

Janssen Vaccines & Prevention B.V. is part of Johnson & Johnson, one of the biggest and most respected health care companies in the world. They are dedicated to bringing meaningful innovation to global health. Their teams focus on the discovery, development, manufacturing, and marketing of novel vaccines to prevent some of the most devastating and complex infectious diseases. These range from respiratory infections like respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) to human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and pathogens of global concern, such as Ebola and COVID-19.
In this organisation, entrepreneurial people are working in a dynamic culture in which innovation and a 'can do' state of mind are of crucial importance. They are continuously looking for enthusiastic, talented people who have the ambition to develop themselves and can be of value to Janssen. The offices of Janssen Vaccines & Prevention are located in Leiden, The Netherlands.

The Bioassay Development and Automation team (BDA) is part of Janssen Vaccines & Prevention B.V. The role of our team is to develop (cell based) assays and automate them in support of vaccine Research and Development (R&D). We provide automated serum sample testing capacity to the Preclinical and Clinical Immunology departments.


Interested? Send us (CLS Services) a detailed curriculum vitae, accompanied by an application letter indicating your motivation. Please use our online application form.
Location Leiden
Assay Automation and Data Management Technician

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