Automation Expert Lead



Technologiepark-Zwijnaarde 101 Gent Belgium

Function type

Automation Expert Lead


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The Crop Analytics Automation & Sensing team develops and

implements innovative and state-of-the-art automation (robotics) and

integrated software solutions, enhancing laboratory and related

production processes, in support of BASF seeds businesses


In your role as expert lead, you will lead or contribute to automation

projects and involved development and implementation activities

from idea/concept until a fully operational and integrated


Key Tasks

o You will lead or contribute to automation development and

implementation projects, including management of budget, quality

and planning.

o You are part of a motivated group of experts and operate through

local and global project teams.

o You provide leadership, expertise and direction for the

identification and selection of technological and innovative

solutions, process enhancements and strategies with the aim to

increase laboratory and plant breeding operational and cost


o You are responsible/accountable for the timely development,

delivery and roll out to end-users, according to set requirements

and eye for quality.

o You apply IQ/OQ/PQ principles for instrument and process


o You coordinate and provide input for the setup of collaboration

and service agreements with external automation providers.

o You maintain close interactions with stakeholders in research and

breeding and well-informed on the analytical and technological

needs and requirements.


You have a Master's in engineering or life sciences with 5+ years

of experience in this area, or equivalent combination of education

and experience.

o You have advanced prior working experience on robotics &


o You possess knowledge in the field of molecular diagnostics and

genotyping, with experience in genotyping technologies,

processes and automation.

o Knowledge in the area of lab plant tissue culture processes, in

vitro automation or advanced microscopy is a plus.

o You have strong technical, project management and

documentation skills.

o Additionally, you have skills in process & equipment validation


o You have a proven ability in people management and leadership,

with a supportive teamwork attitude.

o You have good communication and presentation skills and fluent

in English both oral and written, with advanced scientific level.

o Lastly, you are a highly organized, complex problem solver.


o You will have the opportunity to work in an international environment.

o Responsibility from day one in a challenging work environment and "on-the-job" training as part of a committed team.

o Competitive compensation including attractive benefits as well as excellent career opportunities in an international company.

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