Scientist II

  • Salary: 88 - 107'500 CHF per year
  • REF Number: 00056383
  • Consultant: Adrien Guimard
  • Contact: 0041 (0) 800 106 106
  • Date Published: 06.12.2023
  • Closed Date: 05.01.2024
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  • Location: Lucerne,
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QLS are recruiting for a Pharmaceutical Materials Scientist to join a global Biopharmaceutical company on a contract basis for one year initially.

The Role:

This position is for a lab-based Pharmaceutical Materials Scientist to be a member ofa team responsible for the physicochemical characterization of pharmaceutical materials including small molecule active pharmaceutical ingredients (API), chemical intermediates, peptides, novel excipients, drug-product intermediates, drug products.The candidate will also be a key contributor to extraneous matter investigations in drug-substance and drug-product related clinical trial materials within Merck Research Laboratories (MRL). The candidate is expected to build strong technical expertise in solid-state characterization and foreign matters testing & identification.

Main Responsibilities Include:

  • Executing requested physicochemical characterization protocols, performing foreign matter investigations, and recording experimental data in lab notebooks in accordance with ALCOA principles.
  • Laboratory activities will mainly include (i) the characterizations of pharmaceutical materials to tackle pipeline development challenges related to crystallization, polymorph & salt-selection, milling, drug-excipient compatibility, enhancing bio-performance, and physical stability of small molecules, and (ii) the identification of extraneous matters through specific physicochemical testing procedures.
  • In all cases, the candidate will contribute to preparing communications summaries and investigation reports in accordance with the Company’s good documentation practices.
  • Additionally, the selected candidate will be expected to contribute to a culture of lab continuous improvement by enhancing operational efficiency and supporting lab compliance and safety.
  • The role requires the ability to execute work in a timely fashion and in compliance with Safety and Environmental requirements.
  • Strong communication,organizational and logistical skills, as well as good documentation practices are essential.

Your Qualification:

  • Master’s degree in Materials Science and Engineering, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Pharmaceutical Sciences or related discipline or Bachelor’s degree in related discipline, with a minimum of two (2) years relevant industrial experience
  • Strong analytical, laboratory skills including ability to work with very small sample sizes.
  • Experience in solid materials characterization including techniques such as scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX), Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), X-ray powder diffraction (XRPD), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), Raman, particle size distribution (PSD) and optical microscopy.
  • Strong written and verbal communications in English.
  • Strong organizational and communication skills required to perform lab activities and draft scientific reports.
  • Self-motivated, creative, and energetic scientist willing to continually learn and solve complex problems.
  • Team-oriented and curious
  • Experience in solid form/ polymorph/ salt/ co-crystal screening activities on API, synthetic intermediates and/or starting materials is preferred
  • Experience in forensic analysis in solid and liquid dosage forms is preferred
  • Good oral and written communication skills in German is preferred


For more information or to apply for this position, please contact Adrien on 0041 (0) 800 106 106 or email Please could you send any correspondence in English. Please quote job reference 56383 in all correspondence.

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