Cell Signaling Technology

Group Leader Automation

Job Locations US-MA-Danvers
Posted Date 1 month ago(8/3/2020 10:38 AM)
Job ID
Product Development

Company Overview

Cell Signaling Technology, Inc. (CST) is a worldwide leader in the development and commercialization of antibodies, assays and research tools. As a company of scientists for scientists, we have developed PTMScan®, a technology to discover protein post-translational modifications, PhosphoSitePlus®, an online resource for investigation of post-translational modifications, and XMT® technology, a proprietary method to develop exceptional monoclonal antibodies. We are fully committed to developing new research tools to help define the mechanisms underlying cell function and disease, thereby broadly accelerating progress in biomedical research and medicine.

Position Summary

Cell Signaling Technology (CST) seeks a talented Automation Specialist who is excited by the vision CST has for scaling its antibody discovery and validation processes. The Automation Specialist should be motivated by the challenge of scaling and improving the efficiency of our core pipelines.  The role offers an opportunity to lead a small team that serves as a centralized resource for automation.  You will be responsible for working with scientists across CST to identify opportunities and to develop integrated, automated workflow solutions that will improve sample handling, data flow and the scale of their processes.  In addition, you will support and maintain existing robotic instrumentation, validate and QC automated protocols, and train users on workflows and best practices.  This is a cross-functional, team-oriented position that requires excellent communication skills and an ability to interface with scientists, IT groups and others across the company.


  • Lead the automation team identifying growth opportunities and setting a vision for the team
  • Identify and champion opportunities to automate and integrate existing and future workflows leading to increased efficiency and higher throughput processes
  • Work with stakeholders to incorporate automation into new workflows as they are developed
  • Write software to drive laboratory robotics
  • Work with stakeholders to validate and QC automated protocols
  • Support and maintain automation hardware
  • Train users on automated processes and best practices
  • Write software for data acquisition and processing working closely with IT-Lab Systems & Bioinformatics as necessary
  • Share and contribute expertise with team members
  • Manage individual team member performance to ensure they meet position expectations and maximize their contributions as the company’s needs evolve
  • Support employee personal development goals & objectives through coaching, mentoring and identification of developmental actions


  • BS plus 7+ years industry experience or MS plus 5+ years industry experience in engineering, molecular biology or related life science
  • Experience with laboratory automation hardware solutions
  • 3+ years of experience implementing laboratory automation and developing integrated workflow solutions in a life sciences industry setting
  • Experience working in a cross-functional team environment


Preferred Skills/Background

  • 1+ years of management experience leading a scientific or automation team
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work within cross-functional teams
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Detail-oriented with strong organizational skills
  • Experience with operating and coding Hamilton robotics or equivalent
  • Experience with LIMS systems
  • Familiarity with antibody discovery platforms
  • Familiarity with a variety laboratory techniques and practices (g. molecular cloning, NGS, cell culture, imaging, etc.)



Cell Signaling Technology, Inc. is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, status as a veteran or as a member of the military or status in any group protected by applicable federal or state laws.


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