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Principal Scientist – Particle and Powder Characterisation

Entrust Resource Solutions
Belgium (BE)
Competitive Salary
Closing date
10 Feb 2022
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Do you have experience in in particle and powder characterisation, and want to join a renowned global biotechnology organisation?

We are looking for a Senior or Principal Scientist to join their R&D group and join the Advanced Materials Characterisation and Investigation group leading the global analytical investigations and characterisation for small molecule R&D and commercial product portfolio. Better yet, you get to work in the beautiful town of Antwerp, Belgium, with flexibility with homeworking to fit your needs.

Main Duties

  • You will continuously evaluate analytical characterisation strategies in order to provide the best support possible to the project teams in CMC development.
  • You will bring strong expertise in analytical techniques in the area of particle and powder characterisation and relating these to product and process performance.
  • Be spokesperson for projects in scope of Continuous manufacturing (Oral solids) and take the lead in progressing the Materials Property database and integration with relevant process information.
  • Responsible for Academic collaboration & internal innovation; incl. identification of opportunities, prioritization in objectives in line with CMC development objectives up to research proposal submission & funding
  • Prepare CAPEX investment plans to consolidate (and expand) capabilities.
  • You will design, set up and perform experiments in the lab and will ensure integration of the results and meet project deliverables.
  • You will interact with internal stakeholders and work with them in cross-functional Chemical Development, Drug Product Development, and Analytical Development teams.


  • PhD in Chemical (Bio)Engineering, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Chemistry, Physics, or equivalent by experience with M.Sc. degree in a relevant area.
  • Experience in particle sizing technologies such as Laser diffraction and Microscopy (Image analysis). Understanding of relation of particle properties to bulk behaviour and process ability of materials up to product quality level meeting the desired critical quality attributes.
  • Knowledge on characterisation approach of powder behaviour (such as powder flow, shear testing, triboelectrification properties, etc.)
  • Knowledge on statistical methodologies PCA/PLS, cfr. link to material property database is an advantage.
  • Experience/Knowledge of crystallization and/or pharmaceutical formulation and process development processes is a plus.
  • You have good project management skills as well as communication skills (oral and written) allowing effective interactions with all levels of the organization.
  • You are a team player, able to work in dynamic and diverse environment
  • Fluent English (both spoken and written).

Our Offer

  • An exciting position in an international and dynamic environment with continuous learning and growth opportunities
  • Working on a site that harbours all aspects of the drug discovery process, located close to the vibrant city of Antwerp.
  • A competitive salary, on-site sport accommodations, health/energy programs and other benefits for you and your family.
  • An inclusive team environment where diversity and different opinions are respected and valued, and the importance of a good work-life balance is recognized.


Entrust Resource Solutions (ERS) is a resourcing group comprising of three like-minded consultancies operating within the life sciences, healthcare and technology industries Globally. – Entrust People Ltd – Horton International UK Ltd – SCI Search and Selection Ltd

Finding the best talent in the market is critical to the growth and ongoing improvement of every business. We help our clients navigate talent demands from bench to board with our tailored search and resourcing solutions. With our in-house knowledge of the life sciences industry, we have developed a consultative, proactive and creative recruitment solution for our clients across the UK, Europe & US. We tailor our strategy to best suit the needs of each individual client, working with them to understand their current and future growth plans. 

We specialise in the following disciplines across UK wide Life Science / scientific sectors :-

  • Research and Development - Analytical Chemistry, Toxicology, Drug Discovery, Formulation, Process Chemistry, Quality, Validation, Project Management, Synthetic / Organic Chemistry
  • Pharmaceutical Development - Clinical Development, Clinical Operations, Medical Quality, Data Management, Regulatory Affairs, Safety, Bio Statistics
  • Technical Support - Manufacturing, Engineering, Supply Chain, Quality Assurance, Quality Control, GMP Operations
  • Commercial - Manufacturing, Engineering, Supply Chain, Quality Assurance, Quality Control, GMP Ops

Our talented team of scientists and life science experts have a wealth of experience across the UK and European markets. From our three offices across the UK, we service roles from bench to board, supporting your full hiring needs, including executive search, permanent and contingent talent planning.

We manage the full hiring process, reliably and comprehensively, until a successful placement is made. We offer our clients a first-class service, from understanding your current and future hiring plans and comprehensive candidate searches, to timely and relevant CVs for interview consideration and offer negotiation, all with regular communication on our progress.

For candidates, we offer an unparalleled understanding of their industry and intended career progression, enabling us to secure the best fitting roles available in the industry.

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Phone : 01224 907990 / 01606 818290




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01224 907990 / 01606 818290
Head Office
River Court
5 West Victoria Dock Road
DD1 13JT
United Kingdom
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