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Title:  Jr. Specialist, Laboratory (m/f/d)

Requisition ID:  59916
Date:  May 23, 2023

Eschweiler, North Rhine-Westphalia, DE

Department:  Laboratory



Working at West means having an opportunity to work by the side of our patients and customers, our global team members and the communities in which we operate – which all help contribute to a Healthier World.


At West, we are by the side of patients. The work we do impacts patients’ lives each and every day – our products are a critical part of healthcare delivery and we are proud of the role we play to improve patient health. We work by the side of our team members. We come together as one global team to deliver for our customers and help them address their challenges. We are a diverse, close-knit community of professionals, where everyone has a voice and opportunity to learn and grow through mutual trust and respect. With a 95 year plus history, we have a track record for success, which includes reported sales of $2.14B in 2020. We serve by the side of our community. Giving back is in our DNA—our team members across more than 50 sites globally are involved with hundreds of charities that have special meaning to them through our West Without Borders team member-led giving program.


Location: Eschweiler

Contract details: Permanent, Full-Time

Travel requirements: < 15 %

Start date: asap

Contact person: Katharina Steffens


Job Summary: 


The desired candidate will be part of the global microbiological and particle subject matter expert (SME) team supporting the development, optimization, and validation of methods for release testing and in-process control. He/she will work in tight cooperation with international team members to implement the developed methods, train users and support the laboratory teams in various sites across the globe. As part of the microbiological and particle SME team the candidate will support and contribute to global laboratory joint projects. He/she will have his/her own responsibilities within these projects including project execution and data analysis.


Since we have been growing and needed more space we have started the construction of a new laboratory, so we can provide an attractive, modern working environment.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities: 


  • Responsible for execution of lab study protocols of method development projects. The responsibility includes problem solving suggestions in case of unexpected outcomes. Responsible for the execution of experiments within the framework of, for example, development, validation, qualification or study projects (after careful training). Qualification and validation also includes projects related to computer system validation as per CFR21, Part 11 regulations. The responsibility includes problem solving suggestions in case of unexpected outcomes.
  • All projects are carried out under strict cGMP regulation.
  • Conduct data analysis as per pre-defined methodologies and document experimental and test results in compliance with cGMP.
  • Active contribution is expressly desired related to e.g. development projects, team discussions and brainstorming sessions.
  • Performing literature search such as compendial and regulatory guidelines, scientific publications, state-of-the-art equipment, or any project relevant information.
  • Compliance with all safety relevant regulations.


Education and Experience:


  • Minimum: Bachelor’s degree in Natural Sciences or equivalent education with at least 1-3 years of experience in a cGMP-regulated environment.
  • Initial hands-on working experience in a laboratory.
  • Desirable: Experience in operating state of the art laboratory equipment.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:


  • Fluent in English (written and spoken), German language skills would be a plus
  • Active contribution to the progress of the project and motivation to achieve deliverables in time
  • Solution-oriented and problem-solving mentality
  • Flexibility and willingness to work early or late shifts as dictated by projects and business needs
  • Thinking outside the box attitude
  • Structured way of working
  • Experience in Microsoft office software package, experience in SAP and Minitab would be a plus
  • Knowledge in statistical analysis is an advantage





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