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Downstream Process Scientist- 5271 LBD

Our client, a large pharmaceutical organization, is looking for a Downstream Process Scientist for a 12-month contract (with possibility of extension) in Bern. The ideal candidate should be a Scientist by training and should have biotech/biochemistry background with the interest and willingness to work in the lab. Regarding educational level, we are interested in a person with a Master degree or higher plus industry experience with downstream processes for biologics.


  • Plan and carry out process development experiments
  • Perform data analysis and write summary development reports
  • Work with other teams members and cross-functionally to develop robust processes
  • Search and study project relevant scientific literature
  • Evaluation and introduction of new technologies and equipment
  • Comply with the relevant quality systems
  • Support production regarding technical clarifications
  • Provide scientific expertise and guidance in relevant area of product development.


  • Relevant working/residency permit or Swiss/EU-Citizenship required
  • 5+ years of proven industry experience in Biologics Downstream Process Development, including design of scale-down models, process parameter definition and characterization, process transfer as well as quality by design principles is desired
  • Profound knowledge in the areas of protein chemistry, chromatography, column packing, purification, virus inactivation and reduction, scale-up and filtration
  • Understanding of early and late-stage process development
  • In depth knowledge or experience in digital tools, ELN, data analytics and visualization software (JMP) is a plus
  • Data evaluation and analysis applying sound statistical methods
  • Proven experience with DoE (Design of Experiments) studies to assess optimization and robustness of manufacturing processes
  • Good scientific writing skills in English