Pilot Scientist for purification in Chemistry pilot plant

Category:  Research

Bagsværd, Capital Region of Denmark, DK


Do you have extensive experience with high pressure purification of synthetic peptides from a pharmaceutical or biotech company? Do you want to help us develop the world’s best drugs? If yes, you may be our new senior pilot scientist.


About the department

The position is located in Novo Nordisk Research & Development area in Bagsværd in the department Chemistry Pilot Plant. Our main responsibility is to manufacture synthetic peptides (Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient (API)) and intermediates for pre-clinical and clinical studies. 

You will join a team of 10 highly skilled and motivated chemists and technicians with a “can-do” attitude, who constantly challenge themselves to upscale robust chemical and purification processes.

The position
As pilot scientist, you will work in a 3-year-old pilot facility, which is dedicated to purification and drying of synthetic peptides (API) and side chains for pre-clinical and clinical studies. Your main activities will be to:

  • Drive the preparation, execution and closure of API and API starting material manufacturing campaigns from first contact with Development Departments/CMOs to QA release of API/starting material and campaign report.
  • Relate new process demands to the present equipment and facility abilities and suggest solutions to challenges in cooperation with colleagues from e.g. Development Departments.
  • Participate in large and complex investment projects, incl. design and qualification of equipment, utilities and facilities
  • Document solutions in e.g. Change Requests, deviations or other appropriate format
  • Drive and participate in systematic problem solving using e.g. A3
  • Guide and share knowledge with colleagues and process technicians regarding questions about GMP and campaign activities


As the pilot plant facility is relatively new, you will have a unique opportunity to contribute to the continuous optimization of the purification and working processes and equipment in the pilot plant.



You hold a master or PhD in organic chemistry or chemical engineering. You have minimum 2 years of relevant experience from working with high pressure purification of synthetic peptides in a Pilot or a Production facility and you have the necessary technical insight within chromatography to drive improvements of our existing work processes, facilities and equipment.

On a personal level, you are a team player with a constructive attitude who takes pride in understanding and challenging science. You value knowledge sharing with other scientists as well as with our technicians and you have solid communication skills. Furthermore, you are a self-starter with a structured approach to work and you have an ability to keep calm and make the right decisions in a sometimes hectic work environment. Preferably, you master both English and Danish.


For further information, please contact Associate Manager Mads Holger Rønnest at +45 3077 7701 or Senior Chemist Helene Kolding Riedel at +45 3075 4801

17th of October 2021.

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