Thermo Fisher Scientific, material & structural analysis is supporting customers in a life science environment with Transmission Electron Microscopes (TEM) based workflow solutions. Consequently, our product development teams are faced with requirements coming from various type of customers and users with different background.
This role is positioned as technical intermediate between our Life Science customers, Business unit Life Science and the New Product Introduction teams, ensuring understanding of the Life science user cases and customer’s requirements and translating them into product requirements. This process involves multiple interconnected hardware and software systems to prepare and qualify samples, recording vast amounts of data and images, and processing the collected data into meaningful information, e.g. through 3D reconstruction. The mission of the Workflow Engineer is to prove and improve the efficiency, effectiveness and reliability of the ‘sample to information’ process with a focus on the sample preparation phase of the workflow. You will work on understanding the end-user issues, use cases, future needs on sample preparation; then translating them in product requirements and / or functions; then verifying that the solutions are indeed fulfilling the insights by means of market data analysis. Interaction and communication skills with other groups within R&D and other functions like application specialists of field service engineers are extremely important to deliver final results.
The position is part of a multi-disciplinary group with several technical leads and project managers. The position will report solid into R&D and dotted into the Architect of the Single Particle Analysis workflow.
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• Landing page Materials and Structural Analysis Division (formerly FEI)
• About our site in Eindhoven
• Corporate organization
• Inside the Titan Transmission Electron Microscope
• How to make a microscope
Responsibilities and Deliverables
• You review and contribute to requirements, specifications and definitions of designs from a workflow perspective with focus on the Cryo-EM sample preparation phase:
• by collaborating with Application Specialist and Business Unit specialist to translate the general needs of market segments into user insights.
• to advise architects and designers on the workflow aspects of the modules, systems and software in their portfolio,
• by validating that functional and non-functional end-user requirements are fulfilled in the designs of new systems, modules and software functionalities.
• You write test plans, design functional and non-functional test cases, execute and/or oversee the execution of these test cases, report issues, and write test reports with recommendations:
• to identify, quantify and/or verify the parameters that influence the efficiency and yield of a workflow,
• to verify and validate new and updated workflow procedures,
• to integrate and validate new and updated hardware and software in a workflow context.
• You organize and contribute to product and process FMEA’s, SRA’s and other risk identification and management practices.
• You provide input for the creation of (interactive) user guides, documentation and training materials, and will verify the completeness and correctness thereof. You support rollout of new workflow (aspects) at launching.
• You support development, test and application engineers in with solving issues and answering questions in your area of expertise.
• You promote the adoption of workflow aspects throughout all layers of the R&D department.
Requirements and Competencies
• Typically requires a University Degree in a life science discipline, preferable with a strong background in protein biochemistry.
• Advanced affinity with analytical equipment manufacturing and biophycical method development.
• Proven hands-on experience in sample preparation protocols of biological specimen, familiar with safe microbiological practices & procedures.
• Proven hands-on experience with CryoEM methods and protocols. Being able to interpret the image and the relation to end result from the application point of view.
• Experience with working in multi-disciplinary projects (Electrical, Mechanical, Software, BioPhysics, Biochemistry, Chemistry) across multiple sites.
• Experience with statistical engineering tools.
• Ability to build consensus with cross-functional teams.
• Ability to travel both domestically as well as internationally and possession of a valid passport.
• Affinity with factoring in human behavior in procedures and processes.
• Strong sense of ownership for assigned tasks and responsibilities.
• Strong communication skills, eager to learn, avid promotor.
• Self-supporting, hands-on personality.
Thermo Fisher Scientific acquired FEI Company in September of 2016 as a part of the Analytical Instruments Group (AIG) in the newly-formed Materials and Structural Analysis Division (MSD).