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Title:  Sr. Scientist - I

Requisition ID:  64559
Date:  Feb 10, 2024

Exton, Pennsylvania, US

Department:  Laboratory


At West, we’re a dedicated team that is connected by a purpose to improve patient lives that has been at the center of our Company for more than a century. Our story began when Herman O. West solved the problem of supplying penicillin in mass quantities to the US Government during World War 2. Through our work to deliver thousands of life-saving and life-enhancing injectable medicines to millions of patients daily, West’s indelible mark on the healthcare industry has just begun. A name started our story. How will yours help write our future?  


There’s no better place to join an inclusive community of professionals with opportunities for lifelong learning, growth and development. Supported by benefit programs, we empower the physical, mental, emotional and financial health of our team members and their families.  


We believe in giving back to help those in need in the communities where we live and work. And are equally committed to creating a healthier environment and planet through our sustainability efforts.  

Job Summary:

In this role, you are responsible for executing testing for both internal and external customers in a cGMP environment.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • An expert in with complicated techniques, equipment, and/or test methods.
  • Actively evaluating and learning new industry technologies and techniques.
  • Independently complete projects from initiation through completion. 
  • Mentor associate scientist and scientist level analysts.
  • Ability to effectively communicate technical information to internal and external customers.
  • Actively participate in and complete all appropriate training tasks in a timely manner. 
  • Provide training.
  • Author work instructions, SOPs, and qualification documentation.
  • Lead lab investigations, OOS, and OOT as required.
  • Meet individual and departmental goals and metrics.
  • Make rational and sound decisions at an individual level.
  • Other duties as assigned.
  • Adhere to established laboratory safety procedures.
  • Follow required cGMP regulations and internal QA procedures.
  • Possess ability to work independently and as part of a team with self-motivation, adaptability, and a positive attitude.
  • Willingness to learn and apply new analytical techniques.


Basic Qualifications: 

  • BS in biology, chemistry, or a relevant scientific field. 
  • Minimum 5 years in a related field and a cGMP environment.
  • Minimum 5 years of direct experience working with Light Obscuration and other microscopy techniques for particulate matter. 
  • Expertise in USP and ISO chapters regarding particulate matter (USP <787> , <788>, <789>; ISO 8871, 8536, etc.)


Preferred Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • cGMP
  • Able to be aware of all relevant standard operating procedures as per Company policy as they are related to the position covered by this Job Description.
  • Support and contribute to Lean Sigma programs and activities towards delivery of the set target.
  • Able to comply with the company’s safety policy at all times
  • Able to comply with the company’s quality policy at all times.


Travel Requirements:

  • Must be able to travel up to 5% of the time


Physical and Mental Requirements:

  • Job-related activities that require a physical activity such as standing in laboratory environment.
  • Effective dexterity to operate objects, tools, or controls and reach with hands and arms.
  • Physical ability and willingness to wear proper gowning for work in an ISO 5 complaint particulate cleanroom environment.
  • Employee may be required to lift heavy objects (up to 25 lbs.) without assistance
  • Job-related activities that require a mental skill or ability such as communication, quick decision making, interpreting data, reading or writing, public speaking, etc. (e.g., Must be able to express or exchange ideas with employees; Must be able to understand direction and adhere to established procedures)










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  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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