Director of Platform

Contract Type: Permanent
Contact Name: Gerry Kennedy Director of The RFT Group
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Job Description

Director of Platform / or Senior Platform Team Lead Dublin Pharma

This is a rare opportunity to join one of the most exciting young global bio-pharmaceutical company, headquartered here in Dublin. With a rich development and commercial pipeline our client is focussed on immunology-focussed discovery and development pioneering a new

approach to understanding the immune system and the discovery of new therapies.

Person Spec
The preferred candidate will be a biological analysis platform maker, experienced in product development in biotech, MedTech, research tools, and/or instrumentation. The ideal candidate will have a proven track record, leading development teams, taking research devices (e.g. medtech concept) to fully validated instrument.
  • Highly experienced leading a multi-disciplinary team in the rapid development and optimization of cutting-edge instruments, from concept development to instrument qualification.
  • Will possess a wide range of skills which include mechanical design, prototype fabrication, systems integration, project management, electronics and optical design, experimental design and analysis, software control, and microfluidic design for life sciences applications.
  • Will have gained significant exposure to cell biology techniques and/or protein assay development, use, and/or validation.
  • Demonstrated ability in quality-by-design, data management, and/or process development and improvement is also desired.


? Support the design of state-of-the-art automated microtool and microfluidic laboratory instrumentation and systems, including the design and validation of optical imaging components.
? Development of processes to facilitate the manufacture or secure the supply of the products designed.
? Testing of the products designed to verify that the design outputs meet the design input requirements, and associated record keeping.
? Generation of Functional specification, Design and Test specifications
? Automation of biological processes and intellectual property protection of new inventions.
? Develop testing processes and perform testing and validation of new designs.
? Generate working prototypes for beta testing and customer demonstration.
? Perform engineering calculations to support design work.
? Create and review technical drawings, plans, and specifications using CAD software.
? Lead multi-disciplinary engineering teams and coordinate with other functions (Assay development, Operations, Clinical, etc)
? Proficient with continuous testing and troubleshooting to provide assistance to solve operational issues with associated record keeping.
? Perform detailed documentation to track the project and program development process.
? Ensure project timeline is met and project stays within budget
? Drive continuous development of core technology and generation of development plans to meet business needs
? Develop the Platform team through continuous development of core technical skills


? Bachelor's degree in Engineering or Science Discipline
? MSc +8 years or PhD +6 years’ experience in biomedical/mechanical engineering or equivalent
? Essential: +3 years’ experience leading teams of biologists and engineers in design/validation of complex platforms for biological analysis
? Essential: In depth knowledge of cell biology assay validation and integration within complex equipment and systems.
? A good understanding of Design for Manufacture, particularly to design products for low/moderate volume manufacture.
? Knowledge of optics, microfluidics, and microfabrication techniques.
? Proficient using CAD software (ideally Solidworks) and LabVIEW
? Proficient with CFD and flow simulation.
? Firm grasp of engineering concepts, and experience designing mechanical systems and products.
? Experience in hardware & software engineering.
? Experience of microfluidics and microfabrication techniques.
? Familiar with cell/tissue culture, cell-based assays, molecular techniques, and fluorescence microscopy platforms.
? Project Management Skills
? Experience in GLP and/or GMP environment a plus
? Good Organisational / project management skills.
? Ability to communicate effectively and clearly.

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