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Vacancy

Projectleader Chemistry

  • R&D Ofichem, Ter Apel
  • Fulltime
  • 23 Sep 2021

Job description:

The Project leader Chemistry carries out work in the Research & Development department of the business unit Laboratorium Ofichem BV, which is part of the Ofichem Group.

Laboratorium Ofichem is an independent producer of active pharmaceutical ingredients with a worldwide customer portfolio. We produce approximately 60 different APIs in small scale (20L), medium scale (750L) or large scale production (2000L). The R&D department is responsible for the development of new synthesis routes, production processes and analytical methods. We mainly work for external customers, but we also support improving our internal production processes. The R&D department has a worldwide client portfolio from startups and medium-sized biotech to big pharma companies which entails a variety of projects.

R&D Ofichem is currently expanding strongly, among other things with the newly completed building, including a state-of- the- art pilot plant, which translates into the development of increasingly complex active pharmaceutical ingredients.

This is a vacancy for 32-40 hours per week .The function is divided in 60-80% lab work and 20-40% project management tasks and therefore perfectly suitable for somebody with a passion for synthesis who wants to broaden his/her horizon.


Duties and Responsibilities of the Project Leader Chemistry:

  • Implement, devise and develop new synthesis routes and production processes through experimental work, literature study, substantive knowledge and consultation with the R&D team.
  • Judge potential projects on their chemical feasibility and identify realistic timelines based on internal discussions and feasibility studies.
  • Provide (chemical) input to guide the tech transfer of new production processes from synthetic development to validated commercial production.
  • Optimizing and co-developing new (production) processes by using literature, experience and hands-on lab work.
  • Manage the ongoing projects with the other R&D chemists, operators and analysts, as a close team you develop the production processes together and you ensure mutual time planning and accurate transfer to our GMP facility.
  • Prepare and confirm the required documentation to ensure a successful transfer and process validation.
  • Identifying and applying optimizations in the processes to be tested, and where necessary discussing these internally.
  • Report on project status and have close contact with our customers in collaboration with the Manager R&D.


Job requirements

  • PhD in (synthetic) Organic chemistry (or equivalent) or MSc in Organic Chemistry with additional relevant synthetic experience.
  • Experience with complex synthetic route scouting and development.
  • Commercial attitude and strong analytical, excellent written and verbal communication skills (in both Dutch and English).
  • Ability to work under time pressure and to meet deadlines, the ability to execute and manage projects at all levels.
  • Teamplayer who likes to grow together with the R&D team.

Job -related skills:

Decisive, creative, accurate, analytical, flexible, takes initiative, solution-oriented, ability to keep good overview

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