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ProPharma Group Freelance Microbiologist (automation) (REF7433Z) in Leiden, Netherlands

This is a 24 months project requiring 2-3 days per week commitment. The work will be carried out on site as well as remotely.


  • Provides technical leadership and expertise in pharmaceutical industry microbiology, including laboratory workflow, regulatory guidelines, pathogen characterization. Works closely with other functions (i.e., marketing, operations, quality as well as Engineering R&D) to troubleshoot, characterize, and resolve needs in existing technologies

  • With minimal oversight, delivers hands-on lab-based experimental contributions toward programs or business objectives. Is highly learning agile and organized: proficient in executing multiple, simultaneous projects in a time-efficient manner

  • Serves as an R&D microbiology representative on a cross-functional team, or in external scientific meetings and collaborations as appropriate

  • Maintains substantial current knowledge in relevant state-of-the-art principles in the pharmaceutical industry microbiology

  • Prepares and presents regulated documents, protocols, and technical reports. Keeps detailed notebook records

  • Leads or participates in resolving regulatory, manufacturing, or safety issues affecting new pharmaceutical industry products

  • Sterility Testing

  • Microbial Enumeration and Specified Microorganism (MET / SMT) testing

  • Validation of alternative microbiological methods

  • Microbiological Control and Monitoring of Aseptic Processing Environments

Qualified candidates must have:

  • Academic degree in a life science field

  • Experience in applying (USP and/or EP)

  • Sterility Testing experience

  • Experience with microbiological Control and Monitoring of Aseptic Processing Environments

  • Validation of alternative microbiological methods

  • Excellent communication skills (oral and written) in English

  • Excellent in writing scientific and technical texts

  • Being able to transfer knowledge to others

  • Being organized and pay attention to detail

  • Being able to work on multiple projects, prioritize and meet project deadlines.

  • Good analytical, listening, and negotiation skills

  • Proactive, decisive, flexible

All candidates must be legally eligible to work in the Netherlands.

ProPharma Group does not accept unsolicited resumes from recruiters/third parties. Please, no phone calls or emails to anyone regarding this posting.

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