Associate Scientist - Normal

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Location Leiden, South Holland Salary competitive
Sector Life Sciences Type contract


Janssen Vaccines is committed to developing first-in-class or best-in-class vaccines for some of the world's most life-threatening infectious diseases. We have built a dedicated, world-class, multi-functional team across a variety of disciplines to develop a promising vaccines pipeline. In Leiden, we have a workforce of 700 scientists and support staff, 45% of our employees has a nationality other than Dutch with over 20 nationalities represented. We partner with many of the world's leading experts, academic and clinical institutions and other pharmaceutical companies for the development of vaccines against, for example, Ebola and HIV. In our organization entrepreneurial people are working in a dynamic culture in which innovation and a 'can do' state of mind are the central points. In order to strengthen our team we are continuously looking for enthusiastic, talented people who have the ambition to develop themselves and can be of value to Janssen Vaccines.

The drug-substance development (DSD) department is responsible for the development of scalable, pharmaceutical-grade USP and DSP processes for viral vaccines using mammalian cell lines as a production platform. Novel technologies are used to make sure that the processes are safe, reliable, scalable and cost-effective, so that the vaccines can be produced in large quantities at low costs. The developed processes are transferred into GMP production facilities for the production of clinical batches and scaled-up for commercial production. All activities are performed in close collaboration with other departments. We are looking for someone with natural organisational talent to coordinate logistics of sample distribution, including their required data, to other departments; who keeps oversight of required documentation and needs at all times; and who ensures completion of dossiers by chasing/keeping track of missing data records.

Competencies and background sought
- MSc, PdEng or PhD in a relevant discipline in biopharmaceutical / biomedical sciences/engineering, biotechnology
- Some experience in process development (lab/production/biotechnology) - Experience with production, technology transfer and knowledge of GMP is an advantage.
- English required, Dutch is a plus
- Eye for detail / accurate
- Stress resilient
- Proactive/can work without too much guidance

  • Logistics task is 1 day a week
  • Most time is spent on data validation
  • Experience with batch records
  • Tech transfer
  • Data validation

Interested in this position and would you like to hear more or would you like to apply? Send me a message at j.vanbaalen(@) with your most recent CV + Cover letter!