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Automation Scientist III - Strain Development - Decatur, IL

Company: Archer Daniels Midland Company
Location: Decatur
Posted on: May 14, 2022

Job Description:

Automation Scientist III - Strain Development
ADM Research & Development
This is an exempt level position.

Position Summary

Want to perform impactful work? Join the leaders in sustainable materials development! The Cell Engineering group is looking to hire an Automation Scientist (III) to help develop and further advance automated methods for DNA and strain build. Working with our cutting-edge liquid handling robots, you will have an important role in accelerating discovery and bringing sustainable solutions to market. You will benefit from a scientifically sound and exciting group and get to directly impact the way processes are carried out. Come join us and be an agent of change!

Job responsibilities

  • Develop liquid classes and scripts necessary for the automation of biological processes
  • Work with scientists to develop in vivo and in vitro automated workflows for the high-throughput preparation and processing of samples using state-of-art liquid handling platforms (8, 96 and 384 channel)
  • Detect bottlenecks and inefficiencies in automated workflows and work with scientists to addressing these
  • Operate, maintain and troubleshoot liquid handling platforms
  • Design and execute liquid handler work utilizing a custom LIMS system
  • Maintain excellent records of method development, equipment maintenance and operation
  • Write and maintain pertinent SOPs
  • Contribute to a knowledge-sharing, positive, safe and inclusive work environment

    Job requirements
    • Bachelors or Masters degree in an engineering or biological field
    • 2+ (MSc) or 4+ (BSc) years of experience with automated liquid handlers (Hamilton, Bravo, Molecular Devices)
    • Familiarity with and technical understanding of molecular biology techniques
    • Ability to comfortably deal with a large number of samples
    • Adaptability to fast-evolving research paths and enjoys fast-paced work
    • Continuous improvement attitude towards workflows developed
    • Ability to query databases (SQL) and script (Python)
    • Great attention to detail
    • Thorough, precise and creative
    • Excellent written and oral communication skills with both technical and non-technical personnel
      This position offers a complete benefit package, including 401K/ESOP, pension, health, life, vision, and dental insurance.

      ADM requires the successful completion of a pre-employment drug screen and a background check.

      ADM is an EOE for minorities, females, protected veterans and individuals with a disability.
      About ADM:ADM unlocks the power of nature to enrich the quality of life. We're a premier global human and animal nutrition company, delivering solutions today with an eye to the future. We're blazing new trails in health and well-being as our scientists develop groundbreaking products to support healthier living. We're a cutting-edge innovator leading the way to a new future of plant-based consumer and industrial solutions to replace petroleum-based products. We're an unmatched agricultural supply chain manager and processor, providing food security by connecting local needs with global capabilities. And we're a leader in sustainability, scaling across entire value chains to help decarbonize our industry and safeguard our planet. From the seed of the idea to the outcome of the solution, we give customers an edge in solving the nutritional and sustainability challenges of today and tomorrow. Learn more at is an equal opportunity employer and makes employment decisions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability and veterans status.Ref ID#LI-NA1

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