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Postdoctoral Scientist; 2-year assignment
Ref No.: 18-01406
Location: Exton, Pennsylvania
Position Type:Full Time/Contract
Start Date / End Date: 04/02/2018 to 09/01/2019
Job Context
PHD with 0-2 yrs. exp.
DSM Biomedical develops Client materials-based solutions to meet the present and future needs of the medical device industry. The company's product portfolio includes coatings, drug delivery platforms, mechanical devices, and a wide range of biomedical materials that enable the replacement, repair, enhancement and the regeneration of tissue and organ functions in the body. Its Client materials-based solutions are designed to meet the needs of the medical device industry.

The biomedical market is highly innovative and dynamic. DSM Biomedical is organized in several business units around a combination of technological platforms. These business units are regionally anchored and serve a global customer base. As a partner DSM Biomedical must be pro-active in understanding the needs of the customer and end-user (physician, patient) within the biomedical context.

For continued growth and sustainability, new products are continually developed. Scientists are proactive participants and/or leaders in cross-functional teams that may coincide with daily production. At times, Scientists will assist or perform a variety of roles and functions. Primarily, Scientists work independently.

Job Content

a) Key Areas of Accountability / Responsibility
• Independently plan, prioritize, and conduct synthesis and testing experiments to advance developmental projects through chemical synthesis, formulation development and characterization
• Leads R&D efforts in development projects as a technical expert or technical lead
• Establishes standard operating procedures for chemical processes of new products
• Designs experimental work and test protocols required to evaluate parameters of new and existing chemical products and processes
• Leads R&D contributions in the scale-up and qualification of new manufacturing processes
• Generates process routers, drawings, and other written documentation in accordance with GMP requirements to support commercial manufacturing (e.g. routers, drawings, NCMR, IDP)
• Creates and maintains project documentation (e.g. Design History File, PMP Documentation)
• Interfaces with internal and external parties active in product and process development, product testing and commercialization
• Authors reports, internal/corporate technical documentation, and external scientific publications
• Communicates results and impact with project directors, R&D management and business leaders
• Prepares technical documentation for grant applications and regulatory documents
• Reviews and approves technical documentation for products and processes
• Develops a comprehensive understanding of intellectual property through submission of invention disclosures and supporting legal through office action responses
• Maintains a detailed laboratory notebook and accord records according to GLP guidelines
• Actively participates in establishing safety-oriented protocols
• Performs other duties as assigned by the supervisor

b) SHE & Security
• It is the responsibility of each employee to work in a safe and responsible manner in order to create an injury-free and incident-free workplace
• Complies with all job-related safety, security and other training requirements
• Report any SHE and Security incidents (including observed risks) to management
• Comply with DSM Life Saving Rules

Complexity of the job

• Individual contributor in multi-functional Development teams
• Interact with various internal and external disciplines
• Lead the testing and development of products, processes, and technologies from idea phase through transfer to running business
• Assist in projects delivered on time and within project budget

Knowledge and educational level

• PhD in Science, Technology or equivalent (e.g., chemistry, polymer chemistry/physics, materials science, chemical engineering, surface-physics, mechanical engineering, biomaterials, etc.)
• Know-how of operating in the context of the Medical (Device) Industry with regard to Quality System Requirements (e.g., ISO13485, cGMP) and Regulatory Issues

Required level of experiences

• PhD with experience in polymer product/process/application development engineering (e.g., material synthesis & purification, material processing & characterization, manufacturing protocol development) in the biomedical field
• Highly developed skills working in a multi-disciplinary (Quality Systems governed) working environment
• Advanced project & task management skills
• Advanced computer literacy (e.g., MS Word, MS Excel, MS Outlook, etc.)
• Ability to effectively communicate internally and externally at a technical level; proven ability to maintain effective customer relations at project/program level
• Self-starting and responsible work attitude with a strong drive for results
• Creative problem-solving skills
• Strong individual contributor to group efforts, actively seeking to assist team members in accomplishing tasks and leading new initiatives