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Digital Technical Engineer - R&D Lab Notebook

Cambridge, Massachusetts



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Sanofi tirelessly continues its path towards becoming a world-class biologics organization and it is expanding its capabilities in this area. The Digital R&D Department plays a key role in this strategy by delivering value-added technology solutions throughout the R&D value chain.

Within Digital R&D, the Lab Automation program contributes to the R&D digital transformation to improve research productivity and reduce drug discovery timelines with the creation of an End-to-End Research management and execution Platform, which ensures articulation between Therapeutic Areas and Platforms.

The outcomes of this program are as follows:

  • Automate as many data capture and registration processes as possible to reduce non-value work of scientists

  • Enrich data automatically with contextual metadata to raise the value of each experiment

  • Use technology as an enabler to automate data transfer from creation to analytics

  • Deploy Lab Execution System as a central tool for structured data capture with a modern UX for bench scientists

These elements will be achieved through the deployment of Benchling Electronic Lab Notebook (ELN).

The Lab Automation Program & Platform provide the digital foundation to R&D labs globally (approx. 1300 users worldwide). Deployments of the solution are ongoing and scheduled throughout 2022.


Digital technical Engineer for R&D Lab Notebook is involved in end-to-end workflows related to Benchling Core Platform. He/she works under the responsibility of the Digital R&D Product Line Manager.

Key Responsibilities

Partnering with R&D scientists and Digital stakeholders, the technical Engineer:

  • Is accountable for day-to-day delivery of the Benchling platform and IT related components

  • Collaborating closely with all the other members of the team to take shared responsibility for the overall efforts that the team has committed to Benchling support and operation activities

  • Ensure the implementation of Benchling evolutions and adapters

    • Participates in agile development projects.

    • Interacting with users as necessary to clarify requirements, working directly with the Product Owner to clarify and further define the details of how the story should be implemented

    • Planning and estimating development tasks with other developers that are required to fulfill the story

    • Taking responsibility for the quality of the software the developer produces.

  • Advises users on best practices to maximize the benefit of Benchling

  • Ensures the monitoring of the Benchling platform according to service and operating level agreements

  • Ensures that Digital Products meet all controls to address applicable quality, regulatory (Data Privacy, GxP, SOX, etc.) and cybersecurity requirements

  • Acts as Technical and/or enforcement authority for his/her domain of expertise

    • Proposes and contributes to the optimization and implementation of advanced enhancement for Lab Notebook workflows and solutions

    • Contributes actively to Lab Notebook projects with a role of technical SME

  • Contributes actively to Digital operational excellence

    • Conducting/contributing to Problem root causes analysis management

    • Contributing to implementation of sustainable action plans respectively leading the implementation

  • Provides and guarantees a broad and strategic vision and understanding of Lab Notebook solutions and workflows


  • University degree in computing, computer science and/or scientific discipline.

  • 5 years direct work experience in an IT area, preferably R&D.

  • Experience in Application Life Cycle Management (plan, design, build, operate).

  • Strong technical background.

  • Experience with programming languages such as various shells, Python, JSON, SQL.

  • Strong problem-solving skills.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication in English, presentation and organizational skills, interpersonal skills to ensure efficient relationship with all stakeholders.

  • Ability to work effectively in a worldwide, multicultural, multidisciplinary, matrix environment.


  • Experience and/or knowledge of ELN tools.

  • Demonstrated understanding of the processes and workflows related to R&D.

  • Experience in Agile / Rapid Development Life Cycle methodologies; certification preferred.

  • Knowledge in AWS/GCP/Azure architecture.

  • Willing, ready, and enthusiastic to bring digitalization to the scientific community.

  • Self-motivated to visit labs as needed. 

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