R&D Laboratory Technician (Organic Synthesis)

Switzerland, Visp

Today, Lonza is a global leader in life sciences operating across three continents. While we work in science, there’s no magic formula to how we do it. Our greatest scientific solution is talented people working together, devising ideas that help businesses to help people. In exchange, we let our people own their careers. Their ideas, big and small, genuinely improve the world. And that’s the kind of work we want to be part of.

Lonza’s Small Molecules Division is seeking a driven Chemical Laboratory Technician to join its Global R&D team. The position is based at our Visp, Switzerland site – the largest and most historic site in Lonza’s global network of more than 30, and one of the most significant for research, development and manufacturing. Our new colleague will work to advance the development and application of new platform technologies (e.g., synthetic methods, catalysts, products) that facilitate complex intermediate and API synthesis. The incumbent will play an integral role in R&D’s mission to develop innovative technologies that accerate our clients’ groundbreaking therapeutics to clinical readiness.

To learn more about living and working at our beautiful Visp location, please have a look at our new website: https://www.lonza.com/visp.

Key responsibilities:

  • Conducts chemical synthesis experiments (e.g., synthetic methods development, process development/optimization, synthetic preparations) – at the lab- to pilot-scale – to the desired quality, regulatory, and safety standards.

  • Carries out analytical procedures associated with ongoing and competed experiments; coordinates with other departments for analytics, as needed.

  • Plans experiments, logistics, safety measures with minimal supervision, in alignment with supervisor. Plans, selects, and assembles the most suitable equipment for experiments.

  • Documents results, which may include basic data-analysis, in well-organized written reports.

  • Maintains, in a self-directed manner, the workplace (lab, pilot plant, etc). Evaluates, purchases, maintains, and qualifies equipment in the laboratory. Assumes responsibility for order and cleanliness in the work area.

  • Shares best practices for laboratory techniques and equipment. Supervises apprentices and trainees, when the occasion / opportunity arises.

  • Participates in technology transfers from R&D to key internal stakeholder groups (e.g., Operations, other sites within the Global R&D organization).

Key requirements:

  • Bachelors (BA/BSc) or Swiss Federal Certificate of Competence EFZ; 0-1 year of relevant experience

  • Preferred area of study: Chemistry

  • Language: Fluency in English; German proficiency (or willingness to learn) is an added value

  • Able to respond to changing priorities and handle multiple projects at a time

  • Demonstrate the ability to readily obtain new technical competencies

  • Ability to work independently or within (cross-functional) teams

  • Passionate about research & investigation

  • Makes safety – their own and that of others – the first priority in their work.

Every day, Lonza’s products and services have a positive impact on millions of people. For us, this is not only a great privilege, but also a great responsibility. How we achieve our business results is just as important as the achievements themselves. At Lonza, we respect and protect our people and our environment. Any success we achieve is no success at all if not achieved ethically.

People come to Lonza for the challenge and creativity of solving complex problems and developing new ideas in life sciences. In return, we offer the satisfaction that comes with improving lives all around the world. The satisfaction that comes with making a meaningful difference.

Reference: R44669
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