Applied Materials Application Engineer III - (E3) - Pharma in Berkshire, United Kingdom


Applied Materials is at the foundation of all emerging innovation, designing the equipment and plant automation that bring all new technology in semi-conductor manufacturing to the world. This role is to join the software division of Applied Materials, APG Pharma, in their mission to bring the software technology division of Applied the to Pharma industry. We operate in a start-up mode inside of a very stable company. This job opportunity is unique and exciting because our software products offer a complete white-space opportunity to bring unique and differential value to pharma industry. Our mission is to increase the productivity of the industry while dramatically reducing the cost of manufacturing. Come join us as we bring this unique and compelling opportunity to pharma.


APG Pharma, a division of Applied Materials, is looking for a Senior Application Specialist. The Senior Application Specialist provides mechanistic (PCA) and multivariate modeling (PLS) expertise as well as experience with informatics systems commonly found in the Pharma and Biopharma Industries. In this role, you will support the Applications team to innovate and improve processes through effective analytics using systems based approach. You will be required to work closely with APG’s sales and Engineering teams as well as with external process engineers and manufacturing scientists. You must have excellent process knowledge and experience and be able to convey a technical message to a business audience. You will be expected to support both pre and post sales engagements performing all ranges of tasks from supporting a technical sales strategy for a new client, communicating the value of our software towards industry challenge, software installs, process model design, workflow design, data manipulation, and problem solving. Technical teaching and consulting is also part of the job.

Responsibilities andGoals:

  • Evaluate process and equipment data to determine the idealmodeling approach for improved performance and increased equipment availability(candidate must be able to define good and bad data quality).

  • Perform FMEA’s with process engineers to determine possiblemodes of failure and how they could be detected early through modeling thecorrect data tags and transformations.

  • Build mechanistic, multivariate (PCA, PLS, etc) and/orhybrid models for use in GMP manufacturing.

  • Support Engineering in the configuration of equipmentprocess types and instances using Applied’s Smartfactory Rx as well as extractdata from various data sources (PI, LIMS, ERP etc.) and import it forhistorical modeling.

  • Define strategies for effective use of models and employbest known practices for model management.

  • Strong technical writing skills to support questionnaires, reportsand provide training as needed.


The job posting is located in U.K. or Germany with the candidate working from home and reporting to the closest regional office as needed. Travel up to 50% within the USA should be expected as well as some travel worldwide.



We are looking for a person who can work on his/her own, communicates well with the APG team, and who is passionate about supporting our industrial clients.

We require a combination of hands on experience in the pharma/biopharma industry with modeling and data systems expertise. The successful candidate must have:

  • At least 3 years of experience in the pharma/biopharma industryor 5 years as a process engineer working with chemical or similar processeswith a demonstrated ability to learn new fields such as pharma/biopharmamanufacturing.

  • A working knowledge of systems, software packages and languages– preferably for technical products such as:

  • Databases (PI System, Oracle, SQL, or similar)

  • Data communication, interfacing (OPC DA/HDA/UA, relationaldatabase calls, etc.)

  • Data visualization (knowledge of various common platforms ispreferred: TIBCO Spotfire, PI System visualization tools, custom UI developmentskills)

  • MES (Syncade or Werum), ELN, LIMS, SCADA, PLC, DCS, BES, PI Historian,AspenTech IP21, GE Proficy, etc.

  • A working knowledge of programming languages such as Python,matlab and R.

  • A proven ability to interact with clients, andexplain technical details in laymen’s terms

  • Experience with factory interfaces including OPC, ODBC, OSI PI,and other database historians. C++ programming knowledge is a plus.

  • Strong written and verbalcommunication skills in English. Ability to work in other languages such as German,French or Italian are beneficial.


A Bachelor or Master’s degree in a relevant science or engineering discipline with 3 or more years of industry experience. (note: that a PhD in a relevant area could be considered equivalent to 3 years industry experience)

Applied Materials is committed to diversity in its workforce including Equal Employment Opportunity for Minorities, Females, Protected Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities.

Primary Location: GBR-England-GBR,Berkshire

Other Locations: Europe-Germany

Job Title: Application Engineer III - (E3) - Pharma

Job: Engineering

Requisition ID: 1806858

Shift: Day Job

Travel: Yes, 25 % of the Time

Posting Type: Internal / External

Relocation Package: No Relocation