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(Jr.) Scientist Product Analytical Development

Location: Amsterdam
Start: April/June 2021

Our client is dedicated to bring innovative therapies or unmet medical needs to patients. 

Purpose of the role

The Jr. Scientist Analytical Development will be part of the Product Analytical Development (PAD) group. The Jr. Scientist will focus on assay design, development, qualification, troubleshooting and transfer as well as product characterization and early reference studies. The core tasks will be focused on designing, executing and reporting experimental campaigns, supporting consistent delivery of high quality analytical methods and studies according to milestones across the therapeutic programs.

Place in the Organization

The PAD Group is embedded within the Analytical Development department, which also consists of Bio-Analytical Development (BioAD), and Drug Product Development (DPD). The Jr Scientist will be a contributor to the activities of PAD group with a specific attention toward the critical activities of the PAD group:

  1. Developing, qualifying and transfer of product-specific assays to be used for release testing, stability testing, and extended characterization.
  2. Providing analytical support to DPD and PD (Process Development) activities by ensuring consistent and timely execution of standardized platform product characterization assays, including data review, storage and trending.
  3. Integrating new program products into analytical platforms, to ensure timely progress of transfer and regulatory filing efforts.

The Jr Scientist reports to the Analytical Development Senior Scientist /Team Lead. 

Key result areas (major duties, accountabilities and responsibilities) 

  • Design experimental plans underlining development, qualification, transfer and troubleshooting of assays, introduction of new analytical technologies, or relevant to CMC activities or regulatory filing (e.g. extended characterization, early ref materials, etc.).
  • Executes experiments and prepare data overviews and reports, including interpretation of results. Suggest next steps in experimental design including rationale for suggestions.
  • Drafts and reviews laboratory and technical documentation relevant to assay execution (Electronic Lab Notes, SOPs), assay development, qualification, transfer, troubleshooting or other PAD relevant studies (protocols, reports, position papers and memos)
  • Coordinates activities to be executed with technicians support within the team, assist technicians with their planning and coordination of daily activities
  • Communicates and aligns with internal stakeholders on activities relevant to specific projects progression.
  • Train technicians, QC analysts or other players as part of the technology transfer and qualification activities
  • Responsible for development, qualification and transfer activities within a project (including execution and writing protocols and reports)
  • Ensure all laboratory activities are performed according to applicable protocols, and follow safety and quality procedures to ensure a safe working environment and high data quality
  • Improvement of skills and knowledge necessary to successfully support assigned tasks and projects through training and independently. Continuously improve and update her/his area of expertise.
  • Provide improvement suggestions and support the improvement implementation.

Qualifications & Skills

  • Minimum of MSc with 4-6 years of experience or PhD in a Life Sciences-related field (biochemistry, molecular biology, biotechnology)
  • Extensive knowledge and hands on experience with aseptic cell culture techniques (e.g. insect and human cells)
  • Extensive knowledge and hands on experience with relevant molecular biology techniques (e.g. (q)PCR, DNA electrophoresis)
  • Extensive knowledge and hands on experience with biochemical analyses (e.g. protein electrophoresis, western blotting, ELISA)
  • Experience in assay design, assay development and trouble shooting
  • Experience in product characterization studies is a plus
  • Experience in viral vaccines or gene therapy is a plus
  • Working experience in a regulated setting (GxP), technical documentation writing (SOP, Protocols, Reports), and awareness of GxP pharmaceutical regulations is a plus
  • Computer software skills including Microsoft Office
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills in English, written and verbal including presentation of technically complex data

Interested? Questions? Do not hesitate and apply to this position! 


Keizersgracht 440A
1016 GD Amsterdam
The Netherlands
+31 (0) 20 658 9804