Senior Scientist/ Principal Scientist


Reference Number: 895625-W
Type of placement: Contract, 4+ months contract, extension possibility till end of 2018
Location: Switzerland, North West


Design, plan, perform, interpret and report results of scientific experiments for the preparation and timely delivery of drug substances (DS), drug products (DP), processes and procedures. Lead and manage all project/local network activities, support/coach team members, participate in sub-teams and contribute to overall strategies and goals.

Main Responsibilities:

  • Meet quality, quantity and timelines in all assigned projects
  • Design, plan and perform scientific experiments activities and plan, perform and contribute to project related scientific/technical activities under minimal guidance from more experienced team member (e.g., interpret and report results, generate and evaluate data, draw relevant conclusions, write reports)
  • Provide scientific and technical guidance. Coach team members as needed
  • Contributes to the setup and optimization of infrastructure or specialized facilities e.g. cell culture or biosafety labs as an expert
  • Generate scientific documents to hand over to internal and/or external partners (e.g., TechOps, authorities, external companies) and support generation of international registration documents under adequate guidance from more experienced team members
  • Contribute to risk analyses and/or peer review and project challenge meetings
  • Interact/collaborate with other groups/functions to facilitate validations, transfer of knowledge/analytical procedures and deliveries of DS and/or DP
  • Give guidance to team members and work according to appropriate SOP’s,  GMP, OQM, HSE, ISEC and company guidelines
  • Evaluate/qualify new lab equipment and prepare Capital Appropriation Request (CAR) and USR if applicable
  • Report and present scientific results internally and contribute to presentations
  • Contribute to maintenance of infrastructure/equipment
  • Actively contributes to team goals
  • Ensure all own activities are aligned with overall drug development/QC process
  • Work according to appropriate SOPs, GMP, QM, HSE, ISEC and Company  Guidelines.
  • Strategic and scientific contribution to teams/Networks, target team achievements and annual objectives

Qualifications and Experience:

  • Technician with continuing education (EU) or BS/MS or equivalent
  • Advanced degree in a scientific or relevant discipline (Ph.D. or equivalent).would be preferred
  • Minimum 3 years of directly related experience as scientist or Ph.D. or equivalent
  • Solid knowledge of cGMP
  • Broad scientific or technical knowledge in a specific area
  • Adequate understanding of development/QC processes in own function
  • Advanced knowledge of laboratory and/or technical tools
  • Good knowledge of software and computer tools
  • Good presentation skills and scientific/technical writing skills
  • Good communication skills, basic coaching skills
  • Fluency in written and spoken English
  • Relevant working/residency permit or Swiss/EU-Citizenship required



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