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Solid Form Screening Scientist


To carry out client screening for project in accordance with Solid Form Solutions Ltd. quality and safety systems. To assess the fitness of results produced to facilitate project closure with minimal lead-time.


Solid Form Solutions Ltd. is a Contract Research Organisation engaged in the development and testing of materials for pharmaceutical use, therefore operating to cGMP compliant Quality Systems requires a person with proven organisational abilities. The company has a wide range of clients with products at a variety of stages in drug development and the Jobholder will be expected to participate in the maintenance of supporting SOP’s.


1. Health & Safety

• Work in compliance with local and site health & safety principles.

• Being responsible for own and others’ safe working.

• Participate in SFS safety programmes i.e. Safety Inspections; Laboratory Housekeeping etc.

2. Quality

• Work in compliance with company quality principles by:

• Following and complying with relevant SOPs.

• Drafting and reviewing technical information SOPs.

• Taking personal responsibility for, and being proactive about, all aspects of quality system compliance.

• Continuously monitoring the quality of own work and that of colleagues by formal second person checking, to ensure that all data produced is fully compliant and fit for purpose in maintaining a high quality service.

3. Technical

a) Complete project work on time, by:

• Analysis/screening of client samples in full compliance with the official controlled methods and procedures.

• Planning of own workload to ensure the correct balance between rapid delivery and appropriate quality of results and documentation for samples.

• Ensuring that laboratory equipment is calibrated and maintained in accordance with quality systems.

• Being able to identify deviations and faults in instrument performance and determine an appropriate response to them.

• Being able to evaluate and troubleshoot a wide variety of technical issues.

• Participating in client teleconferences as required.

• Participate in client proposal writing.

• Writing and monitoring of Final Report and client slide pack.

b) Receipt and control of all materials delivered to Solid Form Solutions

c) Investigate and resolve operational or technical problems at laboratory level so that reliable service is restored as rapidly as possible. Initiate laboratory investigations in order to rapidly identify suspect results.

d) Communicate effectively with the SFS management, and clients to ensure a smooth running service.

e) Carry out internal research, when appropriate by:

• Testing and evaluating new methodology and equipment and advising on the impact to the company.

• Liaise with technical contacts to ensure the smooth integration of new methodology and to capture any pertinent learning points.

4. Business Development

a) To represent the company at events such as Trade Shows and conferences and present the services of the company through technical expertise.

5. Supplementary

a) To carry out any other duties as reasonably requested by the Management Team.


The jobholder must be capable of prioritising and responding to a number of deliverables from a range of clients. As such they must be well organised and able to interact easily with others, including performing in a professional manner in front of clients.

Level 1 Scientists are responsible for the organisation and performance of all routine analyses on samples submitted by the clients of Solid Form Solutions for project work. Level 1 Scientists are expected to deal with a demanding and unrelenting workload whilst maintaining a high standard of work. New materials and methods are constantly being introduced and add to the difficulty of the job.

All Scientists are responsible for the quality of their own work and are expected to satisfy themselves with regard to the fitness of their results prior to reporting them. This requirement conflicts with the need to ensure a minimum lead-time for analyses and clear technical thinking and prioritisation is required.

The reliability of results is essential and the laboratory operations are auditable, both internally and externally, under ISO9001:2008 quality systems in order to assist in ensuring that the results generated are of suitable quality. Level 1 Scientists are expected to be acquainted with and comply with all the SFS Quality Systems procedures.

Level 1 Scientists are expected to be competent in carrying out a wide variety of analyses using an extensive range of different techniques including specialist areas such as – DVS; XRPD; TG/DTA; and more general areas including spectroscopic and wet chemistry methods. At any time Level 1 Scientists may be expected to be co-ordinate project work including running several different pieces of equipment simultaneously in order to maintain the required sample throughput.

Level 1 Scientists must also be sufficiently familiar with analytical principles and the equipment they use in order to solve the simple routine faults and problems that arise, but be discerning enough to know when to call for assistance.

Level 1 Scientists should normally be qualified to degree level in a life science subject with at least 2 years laboratory experience.

If you have relevant experience and an interest in continuing or building your career in this exciting industry segment, please send your details to us for consideration.

Right to work in the UK is a requirement for these positions. No agencies please.