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Powder Characterisation Scientist at Eurofins UK Food Testing

Powder Characterisation Scientist

Eurofins UK Food Testing Sandwich, Kent Full Time
Job Description

We are currently recruiting for an enthusiastic and innovative Powder Characterisation Scientist.  The successful candidate will be engaged in performing analysis and producing data to support powder and particle characterisation activities. This is a new and exciting opportunity based at our client’s facility, a top tier Pharmaceutical company in Sandwich, Kent, UK.  

The description of activities contained in this job are an overview of the positions activities related to particular service areas and may vary from time to time. It may be necessary to apply skills and expertise described in this job description to other functional areas within the client business depending on business needs.


  • To perform routine and non-routine analysis using traditional and modern analytical techniques, as required by the Lead Scientist or client representative.
  • To perform analysis on powder samples for key physical properties, such as particle size distribution, bulk density, true density, powder flow and powder shape, using techniques such as optical microscopy, laser diffraction particle size analysis, electron microscopy, shear cell testing and compaction simulation.
  • To produce data relating to this analysis in an appropriate format and time frame as required.
  • To collect and measure productivity through agreed metrics such as number of tests performed, cycle times, lab/product issues, number of hours worked per project, etc.
  • To prepare and approve results for tests in which they have received the appropriate training and are deemed competent.
  • Ensure that the client gets the best possible service by continually reviewing best practice in relation to both commercial and quality issues and ensuring 100% ethical work standards.
  • Learn and be aware of the client’s requirements and strive to meet or exceed those requirements keeping in mind the client process end points. Deal with client queries and contact designated personnel, with appropriate support from onsite leadership, with any relevant information or issues relating to test results or the service in general. 
  • To become fully familiar with and keep up to date with any technological or method revisions in their area, ensuring their training is complete and adjusting their work as required with approval from the Lead Scientist.
  • Train other staff members when required, in techniques in which the scientist is competent. Keeping training records up to date and participate in and initiate training as required by the client or directed by the Lead Scientist.
  • Ensure that all documentation is carried out on time, is accurate and legible and conforms to the relevant quality standards.
  • Ensure that the client’s requirements are fully met or exceeded, following appropriate training, will be flexible on occasion, to work across functional business areas where similar skills, knowledge and experience are applicable.


  • A sound, fundamental knowledge of Chemistry is essential and a solid understanding of the relevant laboratory techniques
  • Appropriate relevant experience of powder and particle characterisation in a development laboratory within a group organization.
  • Good foundation and experience with traditional analytical techniques as well as modern instrumental equipment (eg., optical microscopy, laser diffraction particle size analysis, electron microscopy, shear cell testing, compaction simulation, etc.).  Must possess basic knowledge of analysis methods and tools.
  • Subject matter knowledge and experience of different particle surface area and surface energy analysis techniques. Understands how surface energy analysis measurements contribute to particle and drug product design and can relate measured to computational data in this area.
  • Good theoretical knowledge and experimental experience of particle and bulk powder characterisation measurement techniques. The successful applicant will have a sound understanding of the use of tools to aid formulation design and development, including compaction simulation, powder flow, particle size, particle shape, density, rheology, compact mechanical properties and porosity across a diverse range of sample types including APIs, excipients, blends, granules, multi particulates and tablets.

Additional Information

What Happens Next.
Our people are the backbone of what we do, so it's incredibly important we find the right individuals to join us. As a potential new recruit you'll be invited to meet the team in the form of an assessment centre or a staged interview process dependent on the role and it's requirements, this will give you the opportunity to see what working for Eurofins is really like and enable us to get you know your key skills and strengths. 
Your data 
As part of any recruitment process, the company collects and processes personal data relating to job applicants. The company is committed to being transparent about how it collects and uses that data and to meeting its data protection obligations.
Closing Date
We reserve the right to close or extend this position depending on application numbers. Therefore we would urge candidates to submit an application as early as possible.
Due to the high volume of applications we receive please be aware that if you do not receive a response within 4 weeks of the vacancy expiry date unfortunately, on this occasion your application has been unsuccessful. 


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