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Automation Engineer Intern (Undergraduate)

  • United States
  • Full Time

The Intern, Automation Engineer works with the Automation Engineering team to ensure that the introduction of new or modified automated protocols are robust, efficient, and cost-effective. The Intern works directly with laboratory automation, understands key parameters on liquid handling robots, and assists the Automation team in establishing best practices. The Intern works in a regulated laboratory and gains exposure to change control processes, Installation Qualification (IQ), Operational Qualification (OQ), and controlled documentation.

The FMI Internship Program is offered to students currently registered in a degree program. It is a 10-12 week summer commitment, Full Time, 40 hours/week. Interns will gain a greater understanding of FMI through challenging project based work, Lunch & Learns with company executives, and the chance to connect with all employees by attending many other company-wide events.

This team is currently working remotely, but when working in office is based in Morrisville, NC.

Foundation Medicine is unable to consider candidates that will require visa sponsorship now, or in the future, for this specific role.

Key Responsibilities

• Execute experiments and collect data to enhance existing automated workflows and develop new workflows.

• Participate in cross-team projects supporting enhancements to existing and newly developed automated laboratory assay workflows.

• Contribute to statistical data analysis of instrument and assay performance.

• Employ engineering economic analysis for development and improvement of automated sample processing pipelines.

• Adhere to FMI’s internal quality and regulatory policies as well as to Good Documentation Practices (GDP).

• Other duties pertinent to automation engineering as assigned.


Basic Qualifications

• Rising junior or senior pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in bioengineering, engineering, biotechnology, or a life science or related discipline

Preferred Qualifications

• Academic or professional experience with:

·   drafting, editing and executing technical documentation, including but not limited to change controls, qualification documents, and Standard Operating Procedures

·   lab automation instrumentation and equipment in bioprocess, fabrication, manufacturing, or other industries with high quality standards

·   procurement of data and data analysis

• Exposure or experience working in a regulation-adherent environment (such as environments adherent to FDA, QSR, EU, CLIA, CAP, GxP, and/or ISO regulations)

• Proficient in writing code in at least one language

• Self-motivated, enjoys collaborating on a team

• Strong verbal and written communication skills

• Detail-oriented with excellent prioritization and organizational skills

• Demonstrated ability to work effectively and independently with minimal supervision and in a team to successfully meet scheduling and quality requirements

• Ability to work in a laboratory environment in the presence of chemicals and reagents

• Commitment to reflect FMI’s values of Patients, Passion, Collaboration, and Innovation

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Our 2021 Virtual Internship Program

Foundation Medicine’s commitment to bringing positive learning experiences to students through our Internship Program has not changed in light of Covid-19 restrictions. We have moved our 2021 program to be a virtual one, and are continuing to provide meaningful work to university students. If selected to participate in our virtual Internship Program, you will be given challenging work, robust networking opportunities, and many ways to experience Foundation Medicine’s culture. While we anxiously await the time when we are all able to be together again, we will not let this slow us down. At Foundation Medicine, we are driven to bring our best to patients every day and we look forward to working with the brightest minds.

Learn more about our 2021 program here. 

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