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Principal Scientist, R&D, Materials

Requisition ID:  34912
Date:  Jul 9, 2021

Exton, Pennsylvania, US

Department:  R&D



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.


In this role you will cultivate a vision for the future for advanced materials and their applications.  You will utilize your extensive experience and deep knowledge of material science design, fabricate, and tailor new polymers.  This role is part of an agile, flexible, and dynamic research and development team of engineers and scientists.  The team is pioneering the development of solutions which address unmet needs in the medical field ranging from novel drug delivery and containment to diagnostic sensing.  In addition to creating and reviewing new scientific literature, you will develop new materials; lead sound experimentation and test methodology; and functionalize materials to maximize the impact and value of future products. 


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Plan, execute, and direct multiple complex R&D projects
  • Perform critical and objective appraisals of the generated data and research
  • Define performance criteria and testing modalities in order characterize novel materials and processes
  • Design and develop new materials and new processes using robust experimentation methodology
  • Lead the brainstorming of new ideas for products, materials, and applications
  • Functionalize polymeric materials for targeted and tailored functionality
  • Determine the ideal applications for both new and existing materials and processes
  • Serve as a material expert for other research and development teams
  • Advise team members on material selection and manufacturing and equipment
  • Maintain an awareness of “state of the art” technology as it applies to our industry
  • Perform other duties as assigned


Basic Qualifications: 

  • Bachelor of Science in Material Science, Chemical engineering, or related engineering field
  • Minimum 8 years of experience in material development and/or manufacturing
  • Significant experience in the development, synthesis, property tailoring, and processing of novel materials and advanced processing
  • Established knowledge of the underlying atomic and molecular properties of a wide range of materials
  • Established track record of generating intellectual property
  • Experience with the functionalization of polymetric materials
  • Experience designing and developing polymer composites and coating technologies
  • Experience with design-for-manufacture (DFM) philosophy to achieve cost and performance targets
  • Ability to understand and communicate technical ideas and concepts with technical and non-technical audiences (written and verbal).
  • Demonstrated the ability to multi-task, handle frequently changing job functions, and rapidly learn new techniques and approaches while balancing time effectively between multiple projects
  • Must work well in a fast-paced, agile, start-up environment
  • Comfortable with ambiguity and complexity in your effort to solve problems
  • Familiarity with data analysis tools and methods (i.e. MATLAB, R, Minitab)
  • Advanced understanding of statistics and statistical analysis including Design of Experiments (DOE), and statistical process control (SPC).
  • Experience with applicable laboratory procedures, techniques, and equipment.
  • Proficiency with MS word, MS Excel, and MS PowerPoint.


Preferred Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • PhD or MS in Material Science, Chemical Engineering, or related engineering field
  • Record of successful transition of concepts to production
  • Experience with fill finish processing of pharmaceutical products
  • Experience with flexible parenteral drug containers and polymers composites
  • Experience in tribology and surface coatings for rigid and flexible materials
  • Experience Medical Device and design controls
  • Record of successful transition of concepts to production


Travel Requirements:

  • Willingness to travel both domestically and internationally up to 15%
  • Physical & Mental Requirements:
  • Must be able to lift 25 lbs.
  • Must be able to work in an office/home office environment.
  • Able to effectively communicate and comprehend complex ideas and concepts.
  • Able to use written and oral communication skills.
  • Able to read and interpret data, information, and documents.
  • Must maintain the ability to work well with others in a variety of situations. Strong ability to build and maintain solid work relationships.
  • Must be able to multi-task, work under time constraints, problem solve, and prioritize.
  • Ability to make independent and sound judgments.
  • Observe and interpret situations, analyze, and solve problems.







West is an equal opportunity employer and we value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.  If you have a special need that requires accommodation in order to apply to West, please send an email to kimberley.eby@westpharma.com.  Where permitted by law, an offer of employment with West Pharmaceutical Services, or any of its subsidiary or affiliate companies, is contingent upon the satisfactory completion of background screening and/or a pre-employment drug screening.

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