Particle & Powder Characterisation Scientist

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United Kingdom,Kent,Kent,

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powder characterisation; particle characterisation

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04 Oct, 2017

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Scientist - Particle & Powder Characterisation
£26,000 - £33,000 per annum

My client, a pharmaceutical company based in Sandwich, is looking to recruit an enthusiastic and innovative Scientist in Particle & Powder Characterisation in the field of pharmaceutical product development.

The purpose of this role is to participate in the analysis of particle and powder attributes of APIs and/or formulations to enable formulation design. We are in particular looking for a scientist, with experience of particle size analysis and/or powder characterisation techniques.

Job Responsibilities of the Scientist - Particle & Powder Characterisation:

* To perform hands-on analysis of API, powder formulation and composite samples for key physical properties such as particle size distribution, surface area, bulk density, true density, powder flow and powder shape, using techniques such as optical microscopy, laser diffraction particle size analysis, electron microscopy, shear cell testing and compaction simulation.
* To perform routine and non-routine analysis using traditional and modern analytical techniques, as required by the Group Leader or client representative.
* To relate measured properties to drug product performance, in collaboration with formulation scientists, through established science of scale and computational approaches.
* High quality documentation of all activities in electronic notebooks and reports as required.

Experience & Qualifications:

* Degree in Chemistry, Pharmaceutical Science, Pharmacy or similar, plus a minimum of 3-5 years' relevant industry experience is essential. Alternatively a candidate with a relevant, recent PhD will also be considered.
* A sound, fundamental knowledge of Chemistry.
* Appropriate relevant experience of powder and/or particle characterisation in a development laboratory within the pharmaceutical industry.
* A good foundation and experience with traditional physical property analytical techniques, as well as modern instrumental equipment (e.g., optical microscopy, laser diffraction particle size analysis (Sympatec / Malvern), electron microscopy, shear cell testing, compaction simulation, etc.). Must possess basic knowledge of data analysis methods and approaches.
* Has good theoretical knowledge and experimental experience of particle and bulk powder characterisation measurement techniques.
* The successful applicant will have a sound understanding of the use of tools to aid formulation design and development, including compaction simulation, powder flow, particle size, particle shape, density, rheology, compact mechanical properties and porosity across a diverse range of sample types including APIs, excipients, blends, granules, multi particulates and tablets.
* Good understanding of requirements for working in a GLP or GMP environment.
* Good foundation knowledge and experience of solid state chemistry and characterisation techniques as well as modern instrumental equipment (X-ray diffraction, vibrational spectroscopy, thermal analysis).
* Experience performing small scale crystallisation experiments under a wide variety of conditions intended to isolate crystalline salts, co-crystals, polymorphs, hydrates, solvates, etc.

If this sounds like you and you are interested in a new challenge then please apply now!

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