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Senior Instrumentation Specialist

  • Salary: Negotiable
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Location: Carlow
  • Sector: Scientific
  • Date posted: 25/09/2017
  • Job reference: J374559A

Senior Instrumentation Specialist


Key to the role will be the coordination and completion of any QC deliverables for Laboratory instrumentation / Equipment.

As Senior Instrumentation Specialist you will

  • Provide technical expertise, trouble-shooting, training and support the business owner function for Laboratory instrumentation, automation lifecycle and qualification activities.
  • Liasie with equipment vendor and service providers
  • Have a thorough understanding of equipment and their interaction with Empower / LIMS and other systems.

The ideal candidate will have approximately 5 years experience in a senior laboratory role. Core to the role will be to ensure that all equipment is qualified, maintained and calibrated to meet the laboratory testing schedule .


  • Execute and drive new Laboratory Instrumentation/Equipment procurement projects up to Performance qualification stage to meet required timelines.
  • Author or peer review instrumentation lifecycle, commissioning and qualification documents.
  • Provide technical guidance and apply expertise and critical thinking to help to resolve technical issuesfor all laboratory equipment and systems including Empower and LIMS.
  • Drive effective writing/revising/ rolling out of accurate operational procedures, training materials and procedures for various systems; ensure all work is subsequently carried out in line with same.
  • Attend / Facilitate the laboratory systems and instrumentation daily team meeting and other cross functional forums as required.
  • Ensures all routine and non-routine Laboratory system equipment maintenance is completed as required. Ensures instrumentation projects, PM's and Calibrations are performed to meet the laboratory testing schedules.
  • Liase with vendors and outsourced providers for instrumentation calibration and maintenance.
  • Drive continuous improvement, perform root cause analysis on system failures and substandard equipment performance, using standard tools and methods, to resolve machine and system issues e.g. FMEA, Fishbone diagrams, 5 why's etc, all under aseptic/clean room conditions. Provide input, review and approval for atypical, observation, and process capability investigations. Oversee coordination of resources to implement suggestions/ideas of merit. On assignment, and depending on experience, participate in or lead departmental initiatives on improved compliance and quality systems.
  • Participate in the generation and update of SOP's, trend data, investigations, non-conformances, validation protocols, reports, method validation/verifications and equipment
  • Provide support with audit/inspection requirements to ensure department compliance/readiness. Participate in internal and external audits and inspections, taking the role of auditee for assigned areas of responsibility.


Minimum Education:

  • Third level qualification (Degree) in a science related discipline, ideally in Chemistry or Analytical Chemistry.

Minimum Experience:

  • 5 years of experience in a senior laboratory role in a pharmaceutical Laboratory
  • Considerable experience and technical troubleshooting skills, particularly with analytical equipment performance