Cleaning Scientist in Purification Pilot Plants

Category:  Engineering & Technical

Bagsværd, Capital Region of Denmark, DK

 Do you want to oversee cleaning activities in a facility for purifying, modification and drying of proteins for clinical studies? Do you want to contribute to establish cleaning activities in new facilities? Do you thrive with great responsibility? There is great opportunity for you to develop both academically and professionally in collaboration with a strong team. If this is a journey for you, you have a great opportunity to influence and gain solid insight into workflows and processes in a purification pilot facility in CMC API pilots.


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The Position

As a Cleaning Scientist you will be responsible for carrying out cleaning activities before, during and after production campaigns.


The tasks will be related to:

  • Planning and execution of cleaning activities of process equipment

  • Preparation of protocols and reports in connection with clean hold time studies, ongoing monitoring, and cleaning verification

  • Design washing processes when new equipment is implemented

  • Identification of improvements and implementation of these


Based on your technical knowledge, you help to ensure stable operation. Our work is primarily carried out in accordance with GMP, and a systematic approach to problem solving is expected. It is possible for you to be involved in cross-organizational tasks, where you will be able to influence processes across a larger organizational area - and in the digital direction, where the area has an ambitious strategy.


In the department, we work with LEAN, and you must be able to thrive in a daily routine characterized by improvement projects and changes, as well as have a solution-oriented approach. You succeed by being visible, creating good cooperation with your colleagues in the facility, and by having a go-look-see approach in your support to the facility. You will work closely with several pilot scientists and technicians in two purification pilots, chemical modification pilot and a freeze/spray drying pilot.



To succeed in this role, you have:

  • A master’s degree in engineering, microbiology, biochemistry, pharma or similar

  • Experience with cleaning activities in connection with production.

  • GMP experience

  • A technical interest and preferably knowledge of various process equipment

  • Good communication skills in English


You will be working closely with various professional groups, so good collaboration and communication -skills and being a team player is essential. You like to take on tasks, even when they are not laid out in front of you. You must be able to handle several tasks in parallel and maintain an overview in pressured situations. You have assertiveness and take pride in driving and completing tasks within given deadlines.


About the Department

We are 73 employees in the department, distributed among five teams, four facilities, and two locations. Our task is to scale up processes for toxicological and clinical studies. The vacant position is associated with a team of skilled technicians and academics who conduct purification, modification, spray, and freeze-drying campaigns in our pilot plants. Our mission is to develop robust and reliable processes for the entire portfolio of drug candidates at Novo Nordisk. We focus on innovation, quality, and efficiency to improve patients' lives.


Working at Novo Nordisk

At Novo Nordisk, we don’t wait for change. We drive it. We’re a dynamic company in an even more dynamic industry, and we know that what got us to where we are today is not necessarily what will make us successful in the future. We embrace the spirit of experimentation, striving for excellence without fixating on perfection. We never shy away from opportunities to develop, we seize them. From research and development, through to manufacturing, marketing and sales – we’re all working to move the needle on patient care.



If you want to know more about the position, please contact Manager Ann-Louise Gottlieb +45-30794778 or Cleaning Scientist Grethe Andersen +45-34481321.



Apply before December, 10 2023.


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We commit to an inclusive recruitment process and equality of opportunity for all our job applicants. 


At Novo Nordisk we recognize that it is no longer good enough to aspire to be the best company in the world. We need to aspire to be the best company for the world and we know that this is only possible with talented employees with diverse perspectives, backgrounds and cultures. We are therefore committed to creating an inclusive culture that celebrates the diversity of our employees, the patients we serve and communities we operate in. Together, we’re life changing.