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Forensic Chemist, Forensic Services Laboratory EMEA-QUA005662


MSD Global Security is looking for a Forensic Chemist to join the Forensic Services Laboratory in Schachen, Switzerland. Reporting to the Forensic Laboratory Lead, the Forensic Scientist will be responsible for the direct level of professional forensic science analysis and provide expert level of forensic analysis on the testing of suspected counterfeit, diverted, tampered, and other illicit MSD products.

You will provide the necessary level of forensic capacity and capability to identify, characterize, and report on suspected counterfeit and other illicit MSD products in a manner consistent with the Product Integrity mission and in compliance with associated scientific and forensic standards. The successful candidate must have a proven capability to excel in a collaborative, diverse, complex environment and be able to support time sensitive workflows on a global scale.

Main accountabilities include but are not limited to:
- Evaluate evidence submitted to the Forensic Services Laboratory to provide the best professional scientific examinations;
- Support the development of new analytical methods for counterfeit drug detection and characterization, including research and validation of new or existing techniques, procedures, methods, and instruments used in the laboratory;
- Participate in the quality management system and in the quality assurance evaluations through internal and external quality system audits; competency and proficiency testing; and facilitate in the improvement of the laboratory systems;
- Maintain and evaluate laboratory procedures, quality standards, and application of best practices to assess system enhancements and incorporate industry advances;
- Maintain and support evidentiary admissibility standards;
- Compile statistical data and maintain records; write scientific reports; and present and interpret analytical results;
- Testify in court as a subject matter expert witness regarding laboratory operations, physical evidence, forensic results, scientific analysis, and case knowledge;
- Coordinate and collaborate with investigators, law enforcement agencies and prosecutors;
- Serve as a scientific and technical subject matter expert on forensic testing for the detection, identification, and characterization of illicit MSD products;
- Laboratory Management and Organizational Leadership;
- Consult with the Laboratory Lead to assess instruments, equipment, and tools are appropriately well maintained and operational to allow for maximum efficiency and protection from evidence contamination;
- Consult with the Laboratory Lead regarding the operation of the Forensic Services Laboratory; ensuring the examination, analysis, and interpretation of physical evidence meets the appropriate standards in the scientific investigation of pharmaceutical crimes;
- Consult with the Laboratory Director and Laboratory Lead to develop short and long term planning strategies based on forensic standards and best scientific practices.


- Bachelor's degree in Forensic Science, Chemistry, or related scientific field; advanced degree (MSc, PhD) preferred;
- Minimum of 3 years of prior relevant laboratory experience or a graduate degree in relevant scientific field; experience in Forensic Sciences is advantageous;
- Demonstrated expert understanding of the principles and practices, applications, concepts, theories, and limitations of methods associated with forensic science and analytical counterfeit drug detection;
- Demonstrated ability to provide subject matter expert witness testimony based on scientific analysis;
- Strong commitment to safety and compliance requirements and laboratory accreditation standards;
- Knowledge of pharmaceutical manufacturing and distribution operations (GxP etc.) and counterfeit drug detection and investigations is highly preferred;
- Experience interacting with and supporting senior leadership;
- Proven expert ability to plan, direct, organize, and coordinate projects;
- Demonstrated ability to identify and analyze problems, identify and evaluate alternative solutions, make decisions or recommendations, resolve problems, and consult with appropriate staff and resources as needed, based on knowledge, experience, and expertise;
- Ability to champion new ideas or positions to meet key laboratory goals and initiatives;
- Strong oral and written communication and analytical skills;
- Ability to work in highly collaborative and matrixed environment;
- Innovative, independent, and able to manage an aggressive workload in a high performing environment;
- Fluency in English, both verbal and written; additional strong language skills in German are preferred.

Job: Quality Lab Related Job Title:Forensic Chemist, Forensic Services Laboratory EMEA

Primary Location: EMEA-Switzerland-LU-Schachen

Employee Status: Regular

Travel: Yes, 15 % of the Time

Number of Openings: 1

External Job Board Posting: Switzerland - Jobs.ch

Company Trade Name:MSD

About MSD

MSD Ignition is a company built on Customer Satisfaction and Service. That is why all of our products go through regimented test procedures before they are ever packaged and shipped. MSD stands behind our products for one full year after purchase and we have an excellent repair department. Terms of Warranty and Service are as follows: Limited Warranty Autotronic Controls Corporation warrants MSD Ignition products to be free from defects in material and workmanship under normal use and if properly installed for a period of one year from date of purchase. If found to be defective as mentioned above, it will be replaced or repaired if returned prepaid along with proof of date of purchase. This shall constitute the sole remedy of the purchaser and the sole liability of Autotronic Controls Corporation to the extent permitted by law, the foregoing is exclusive and in lieu of all other warranties or representations whether expressed or implied, including any implied warranty of merchantability or fitness. In no event shall Autotronic Controls Corporation be liable for special or consequential damages. This warranty is only valid on products purchased from MSD Authorized Dealers.

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