Meet Armin, Principal Engineer at Roche
Tell us a bit about yourself!
Hi, my name is Armin. I am from Kempten, a historic and beautiful small town in the Allgäu, right next to the mountains. I studied life sciences, a combination of organic chemistry and molecular biology, at the University of Constance. After finishing my Masters studies, I started my PhD in biological chemistry, also in Constance. Fascinated by lab automation, I came to Switzerland in 2011 to start my professional career. Outside of my working time I enjoy being active and doing all sorts of sports activities, especially in the mountains, like biking, ski touring and hiking, and I love to bivouac.
In which Roche location are you currently working and what can you tell us about that location as a work environment?
Since June 2014, I have worked for Molecular Diagnostics at Roche Diagnostics International in Rotkreuz, Switzerland. I ride my bike across countryside to work every day, with the lake on my left side and the mountains in front, as I approach the office. Arriving at the site every day, I am always impressed by its architecture and growth, even in the short time since I have been here. Each and every day I experience the internationality of the site, which allows me to exchange my ideas in an innovative and inclusive atmosphere.
Why did you decide to join Roche and why this location?
After finishing my Ph.D., I worked at a company specializing in lab automation. I wanted to expand my knowledge using what I had learned, specifically in the diagnostic field. I was really fascinated by the interface between biological assays and the instruments themselves. Roche Diagnostics International is the perfect match for me, as I am able to realize both disciplines in my current role.
What is your current position at Roche?
I am a Team Leader in System Development and I manage a team of diverse talents; some have a background in natural sciences, others have a more technical background, for example, in engineering. My daily activities focus on the interface between software, hardware, assay and systems. We develop new features for the instruments, improving system performances and allowing menu expansions for new assays according to our customer needs.
How would you describe Roche as an employer?
We work in a really innovative and challenging atmosphere and it’s exciting to exchange ideas in a group of people who I can really connect with. As a team leader, I am able to contribute and shape the organisation as a whole. Diversity is important to me: it actively encourages innovation, which I really appreciate; not only as a leader at Roche but also as an employee. I am happy to be involved and offer my contribution as well.
How would you describe the people working here?
My colleagues are all highly motivated; they constructively challenge ideas and the norm. It’s really fascinating for me to be a part of this group and to make my observations as well. The team spirit and the culture of accountability I experience on a daily basis make my job very rewarding.
What can you tell us about the current job openings in your department?
We are often looking for young engineers or scientists with a mechanical or technical flair to join our team. We have various projects starting throughout the year and need a strong workforce to deliver high-quality results on an efficient timeline. System Development is a great place to start your career; you can learn about the instruments, the interactions between life sciences and automation technology, and do it with the market leader in in vitro diagnostics technology.