Manager, Automation Controls Engineering

Are you looking to be part of a game-changing organization that is helping thousands of patients across the country every day? NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes is seeking individuals with a pro-active, collaborative, can-do mindset to join our rapidly growing team in Beloit, WI, or Madison, WI.

NorthStar develops, manufactures, and distributes radioisotopes used daily for patients needing medically important diagnostic imaging tests.  Using novel and advanced technologies, NorthStar will scale up production over the coming months and years and intends to become the industry’s market leader.

Innovative technology, opportunities for career advancement, and competitive compensation are just the beginning. NorthStar offers health and life insurance, 401K match, paid holidays and paid time off, and all NorthStar employees are eligible on day one for our annual bonus and equity incentive plans.


The Manager, Automation Controls Engineering will work to develop automation and control systems for medical radioisotope processing systems including particle accelerator-based systems. The position will lead engineers in developing detailed system requirements, including documentation, development, procurement, system build, commissioning, and qualification testing. This position will include management of internal resources programming PLC and HMI, as well as selection and management of outside vendors providing services to support NorthStar’s automation requirements. This role will also lead the development and testing of Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) and associated networking and data management systems. This individual will be required to work with cross-functional teams, including RA/QA and Process Engineering to apply efficient cGMP processes to preserve data integrity and the quality of the final drug product, including the safety of all production and non-production personnel.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Lead the validation of automation systems per cGMP and Regulatory guidance
  • Assist production and service personnel in troubleshooting automation systems. Assist in developing service manuals, procedures, and maintenance-related documentation.
  • Lead a team to design, revise, and commission controls based systems
  • Responsible for working with  vendors to ensure product design, architecture, and hardware conform to overall process requirement


Bachelor’s degree in  Engineering and 5 or more years of experience in Controls Engineering, including both software and hardware; or a combination of education and experience. Knowledge of hardware design and maintenance. Specific knowledge of Siemens automation products (SIMATIC), experience, and working in a regulated pharmaceutical/medical device manufacturing environment is preferred.


Madison isn’t just the “Capital City,” it also houses NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes’ Research and Development facilities.

The Madison region is a place where dynamic, talented, innovative, and hardworking people want to be. We know this because the region is growing at a faster rate than the state and the nation. Madison, Wis. was named first on Livability’s top 100 places to live in 2014.

If you are interested in applying for this position, please forward your resume to [email protected] with the position title in the subject line.

NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes is an equal opportunity employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age disability, protected veteran status, or other characteristics protected by law.


Manager, Automation Controls Engineering