Job ID: 289603295  |  Last Updated: 8/1/2018

Senior Team Lead - Laboratory Automation

San Diego, CA
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Job Description

At BASF, we create chemistry through the power of connected minds. By balancing economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility, we are building a more sustainable future through chemistry. As the worlds leading chemical company, we help our customers in nearly every industry meet the current and future needs of society through science and innovation.

We provide a challenging and rewarding work environment and are always working to form the best teamespecially from within, through an emphasis on lifelong learning and development.

We are constantly striving to become an even better place to work. BASF has been recognized by Forbes Magazine as one of Americas Best Employers in 2017. Come join us on our journey to create solutions for a sustainable future!

BASFs Bioscience division prides itself as a unique and innovative piece of the global BASF enterprise. With over 150 years of history, BASF has proven to be a thought-leader and visionary moving forward to create chemistry for a sustainable future. The Enzymes team, located predominately in San Diego, has an environment and culture that puts employees first, allowing for personal flexibility and offers a benefits program that is robust and rewarding. Couple that with the organizations reputation of continued global growth, and the full total rewards as a BASF employee are hard to be matched.

Our research focus is simply stated: We create chemistry for a sustainable future. As a global organization, our employees have a world of opportunity at their fingertips- literally. The pillars of success for BASF Bioscience are as follows:

Connecting people and their passion for bioscience with a structured, engaged, and empowered team while allowing for them to find the work life balance needed to connect with loved ones at home and outside of work priorities/activities. Find yourself in the career youve dreamed of with the balance you require.

Engaging employees to build a high-performance culture that will drive long-term success for themselves and the company, with an open door to many business units and locations around the world. We offer global development opportunities, as well as, encourage relationship building across the organization.

Caring about one another, our customers and stakeholders, and our communities and environment. As part of the BASF Bioscience team, it is our duty to ensure we are driving thoughtful and meaningful innovations for the future. In fact, it stretches beyond our dutyits our passion.

Putting lifelong learning first by offering a wide range of career development opportunities. This will not be like working at your typical R&D or biotech company. We offer numerous training and development courses, tuition reimbursement, and endorsements for our employees to heighten their career aspirations.

Where the Chemistry Happens

We are seeking a Senior Team Lead for the Laboratory Automation to join the High Throughput Screening team. Our lab supports large screens for enzyme product development, as well as daily operations across multiple scientific disciplines. We build and maintain our own robotic systems, in collaboration with both third-party vendors and internal BASF colleagues. The Senior Team Lead will professionally and safely execute the current and future workload of projects. Also, the Senior Team Lead should be a recognized expert in the field that can help us integrate and or design new screening technologies for molecular biology, enzyme engineering and strain development.

Senior Team Lead Laboratory Automation

Formula for Success: You Will

Manage the Automation group with rigorous technical leadership
Promote Positive and Effective cross-group interactions with Enzymology, Molecular and Cell Biology, Analytical, Fermentation, Computational Bioscience and QC
Guide development of bioassays for HTP screening
Hands-on responsibility, working in the labs
Stay current with state of the art technology, trends and improvements in automation and robotics
Propose future technology to better meet our development needs
Collaborate closely with subject matter experts and promote a data driven, statistical approach to data collected from automation pipelines.
Lead work efforts and/or projects/assignments with substantial risk, business impact, and complex technical challenges.
Contribute to the development of the lab automation technical community within BASF and to the digitalization efforts within R&D
Innovative Mindset: Implement strategies that introduce and apply new concepts and technologies that will have substantial long-term business impact. Address unique time-sensitive problems with significant business risk. Propose to leadership new technologies and new RD&T directions, and design multiple projects/experiments to pursue innovative solutions. Act proactively to optimize RD&T pipeline and/or business performance.
Communication and relationships: Strong contributor to the innovation pipeline by bringing knowledge into and disseminating it across the organization
Ability to navigate interdependencies namely, to understand the projects and tasks across a medium term timeline, resource requirements and potential conflicts, communicate to team, and advocate for change when required
Safety: hold self and others accountable to robust EH&S standards and promote a Zero-Incident Mindset

Ingredients for Success: What We Look for in You

Use your Ph.D or Masters degree with 8+ years experience in Engineering (Mechanical, Bioengineering, Chemical or related) or Bachelors degree in Engineering with 10+ years experience to Lead, Develop, Implement and Operate automated lab technology for BASF Enzymes LLC.

Use your experience in laboratory automation, high throughput (HTP) and ultrahigh throughput screening of biological samples under industry relevant application tests to meet needs for HTP screening and automated solutions in a highly interdependent matrixed environment. Experience should include proven examples and achievements in designing, building and programming automated laboratory systems.

Experience with sample tracking software and developed interfaces between robotic instrumentation and LIM systems

We Also Look For...

Strong project management capabilities and the ability to understand project scope, timelines and deliverables to ensure projects are managed from initiation to completion.
Ability to understand and execute on the companys mission and values
Demonstrate high ethical standards and trustworthiness
Foster constructive dialog and feelings toward the company, coworkers and tasks being managed
Open and transparent communication across groups particularly when prioritizing multiple conflicting needs
Capable of high performance both as an individual and as a team member
Energized by accomplishments and excellence in the workplace
Deal with conflict in a direct, productive and positive manner
Able to reach rational conclusions through complex processing of information
Ability to think and adapt to a rapidly changing environment
Foster innovation through creative solutions
Excellent oral and written communication
Maintains high degree of attention to detail
Expert in designing and programming scripts using control software for robotic arms that access a variety of sample plate-based laboratory instruments
Specific and significant expertise programming robotic liquid handlers such as Bravos, Hamiltons, etc.
Ability to work with biologists and chemists to transfer assays and processes from the lab bench to automated instruments for production
Leadership Expectations: As a leader at BASF, you will play a key role in creating value for the company through people. Our top candidate will be expected to enable greater personal success among our employees through quality people development, coaching, and performance management. Leaders at BASF are role models to help employees develop the competencies needed to implement BASF's strategy. Our expectation is that leaders will coach and develop team members to reach their full potential, and support relevant development assignments, opportunities and moves while motivating and challenging employees to drive high performance. Our leaders must be committed to "hiring the best" internally and externally at the same time they are creating an inclusive environment which embraces and derives value from diversity. Finally, a leader at BASF must establish and support our safety culture in which all accidents are preventable

Create Your Own Chemistry: What We Offer You

Adding value to our customers begins with adding value to you. You@BASF is the suite of benefits, perks, programs and unique opportunities we offer to support youthe whole youin all stages of your life and career. With you@BASF, you create your own chemistry.

The total rewards that you receive as a BASF employee go way beyond a paycheck. From competitive health and insurance plans, to robust retirement benefits that include company-matching contributions, to making sure you never stop learning, we believe investing in you is investing in our success. Working for a large, global organization, youll have a chance to grow professionally and personally, expand your network and build a rewarding and dynamic career.

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