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Co-Op, Automation Engineering, Spring 2023

At Viral Vector Services (VVS) a division of Thermo Fisher Scientific we deliver, from process development through commercial supply, we offer the expertise and resources necessary to help clients deliver innovative gene therapies. Placed in the forefront of our leading and cutting edge Cell and Gene Therapy business enabling clients to cure genetic, rare, and otherwise untreatable diseases.
The Automation Engineering Co-op will report directly to the Automation Engineering Manager, and have activities coordinated by a member of the Automation Engineering team. The Engineering Co-op will be part of a team responsible for supporting equipment used in drug substance and drug product manufacturing, quality control laboratories, and associated support areas at Thermo Fisher’s Lexington, MA site. Job specific activities shall include quality, safety, and conduct-based training that is crucial to operations in a cGMP facility. Additional and more specialized training will be assigned as appropriate or needed. Some limited travel to Thermo Fisher sites in Cambridge and Somerville, MA may be required, but the position is based in Lexington.

The Automation Engineering Co-op will support the organization with the following tasks depending on the project selected:
  • Provide Automation support on capital construction projects including: equipment specification/selection, design reviews, instrument calibration planning, troubleshooting technical issues, and supporting overall project objectives.
  • Work alongside Automation involved in the design process; with responsibilities including equipment sizing, instrumentation, P&ID/PFD review and mark-ups, status updates, and generation of other deliverables for the process design package.
  • Use data analytics to provide direct input into Process Engineering’s improvement initiatives.
  • Drive significant impact on the cycle time, labor intensiveness, quality, and variability of key processes.
  • Present a project that will encompass system knowledge and/or significant innovation will be required at the end of the term.

  • Must be 18 years or older
  • Currently enrolled in a Bachelor’s Degree program from an accredited college or university with a 3.0 minimum GPA or equivalent
  • Completion of at least two years of study from an accredited college or university prior to the Co-op commencing

  • Degree concentration(s) in Chemical/Mechanical Engineering, Life Sciences, or related discipline
  • Understanding of general Engineering concepts and functions such as fluid dynamics, thermodynamics, heat transfer, plant design, etc.
  • Strong leadership, communication, and organization skills
  • Experience using databases, data queries, and data analysis
  • Experience using Engineering concepts on improvement projects
  • Ability to improve business operations and directly contribute to departmental goals

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities
  • Basic to intermediate experience with MS Word, Excel, and Visio
  • Comfortable working in a Clean Room environment
  • General understanding of biologics manufacturing process and unit operations (bioreactors, depth filtration, chromatography, ultrafiltration/diafiltration, tangential flow filtration, viral filtration, filling operations)
  • Applicants must have unrestricted US work authorization. Forms of CPT and OPT are forms of restricted work authorization.

At Thermo Fisher Scientific, each one of our 75,000 extraordinary minds has a unique story to tell. Join us and contribute to our singular mission—enabling our customers to make the world healthier, cleaner and safer.

When you’re part of the team at Thermo Fisher Scientific, you’ll do important work, like helping customers in finding cures for cancer, protecting the environment or making sure our food is safe. Your work will have real-world impact, and you’ll be supported in achieving your career goals. Our staff members are committed to making a difference in our organization, for our client partners and the patients we serve. We seek individuals with proven competencies and strong character to help lead our organization now and into the future.

At Thermo Fisher Scientific, each one of our 100,000 extraordinary minds has a unique story to tell. Join us and contribute to our singular mission—enabling our customers to make the world healthier, cleaner and safer.

Thermo Fisher Scientific is an EEO/Affirmative Action Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability or any other legally protected status.
We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.