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Title:  Specialist, R&D, Physical Sciences

Requisition ID:  34889
Date:  Oct 8, 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.


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. You will develop new technologies to challenge hypotheses utilizing rapid prototyping and fast cycle methodologies.  You will focus on supporting the development of core solutions for future generations of product families and prove the key aspects of those solutions through quantitative and qualitative scientific research.   


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Work with internal and external team resources to:
  • Challenge assumptions to produce novel concepts
  • Identify project requirements
  • Develop, execute, and document project deliverables in compliance with committed timelines and project goals
  • Maintain design records associated with assigned projects and scientific endeavors
  • Design and develop specifications to produce prototypes and test hypotheses
  • Develop tooling and fixtures for the manufacture and test of design concepts and novel materials and applications
  • Lead the execution of prototype builds
  • Develop and execute testing to characterize technologies and material performance
  • Engage with company and industry experts to accelerate the learning curve
  • Analyze and evaluate testing results to make informed and well-reasoned strategic recommendations
  • Perform other duties as assigned


Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Science in Mechanical or Biomedical Engineering, Material Science, or related discipline
  • Minimum 3 Years of experience in product design/development
  • Experience with CAD applications (preferably Solid works)
  • Self-starter with high curiosity and learning orientation
  • Exceptional technical ability and firm grasp on engineering fundamentals
  • Experience the design and implementation of new test methodologies
  • Proficiency with MS word, MS Excel, and MS PowerPoint.
  • Demonstrated ability to:
  • Complete multiple technical projects
  • Learn and apply new skills
  • Understand and communicate technical ideas and concepts


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Background in medical device, material development, and/or pharmaceutical industry
  • Knowledgeable of manufacturing methods including plastic injection molding, machining operations, and additive manufacturing (i.e. FDM, SLA, DLP, SLS, MLS)
  • Experience with technical writing
  • Experience executing design verification and validation activities
  • Skilled in the use of MATLAB or similar data analysis application(s)


Travel Requirements:

  • Willingness to travel both domestically and internationally up to 15%

Physical and Mental Requirements: 

  • 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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