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 to the 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 and multivariate modeling 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 a 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 and Goals:

-Evaluate process and equipment data to determine the ideal modeling 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 possible modes of failure and how they could be detected early through modeling the correct data tags and transformations.

-Build mechanistic, multivariate (PCA, PLS, etc) and/or hybrid models for use in GMP manufacturing.

-Support Engineering in the configuration of equipment process types and instances using Applied’s Smartfactory Rx as well as extract data from various data sources (PI, LIMS, ERP etc.) and import it for historical modeling.

-Define strategies for effective use of models and employ best known practices for model management.

-Strong technical writing skills to support questionnaires, reports and provide training as needed.


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 industry or 5 years as a process engineer working with chemical or similar processes with a demonstrated ability to learn new fields such as pharma/biopharma manufacturing. 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, relational database calls, etc.)

Data visualization (knowledge of various common platforms is preferred: TIBCO Spotfire, PI System visualization tools, custom UI development skills)

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 and explain 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.


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)


The job posting is for in Singapore with the candidate based in the Singapore regional office. Travel up to 50% within the APAC and some travel worldwide.


PLS, PCA, Mechanistic, Modeling, Pharma, Python, Matlab, R, Engineering, Reliability, DCS, PLC, PI, OPC



Bachelor's Degree




Years of Experience:

2 - 4 Years

Work Experience:

Additional Information


Relocation Eligible:


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


A global leader in the nanomanufacturing technology solutions for the electronics industry, Applied Materials is built on the strength of talented people. We offer a wide variety of job opportunities for experienced professionals and recent college students/graduates that will capitalize on your current skills while broadening your experience and engaging you in a dynamic, fast-changing industry.

Here, you will work in community to achieve a common goal and encounter exciting new challenges every day. Our company is continually evolving: implementing innovations to make semiconductors more portable, powerful, and affordable than ever before.

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