Bioengineering & Medical Engineering

Bioengineering & Medical Engineering

Medical engineering focuses on applying the principles of engineering to the biological world with an aim to prevent and fight disease and enhance our health. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts a 5% growth rate in employment for biomedical engineers between 2022 and 2032, which is faster than the average for most occupations. Filling the growing number of positions in this constantly evolving sector can be a long, challenging process. Turn to EPM Scientific, a trusted talent partner of leading companies and promising startups in the life sciences industry. We will find the best candidates and deliver them when your company needs them.

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EPM Scientific can source and deliver the best bioengineering, medical and life sciences engineering talent. We place the best candidates quickly when you need individuals or teams to run projects, head departments, or otherwise drive your company goals. Investing in top-class technologies and the ongoing development of our talent experts enables us to meet our clients’ needs and contributes to a decade-long reputation for excellence.

Bioengineering and medical engineering talent solutions

EPM Scientific can connect you with sought-after talent and new career opportunities. Our global hubs offer permanent, contract, and multi-hire solutions bespoke to your needs. We will engage with you prior to the talent-sourcing process to ensure we deliver the best candidates. Take advantage of our tailored retained and contingent services and our extensive network of contractors and interim managers, whether you need individuals or teams for time-critical or long-term roles.

EPM Scientific is Phaidon International’s specialist life sciences brand. Our talent sourcing expertise, high-level account management, and value creation services such as sector-specific deep dives and salary guidance, means we can help you source the right candidates for jobs in the medical and life sciences engineering field.


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Medical Engineering offers an array of specialties, such as biomaterials, biomechanics, bioinstrumentation, rehabilitation and systems physiology, and clinical engineering. Among the top roles we help clients fill are Senior Engineers, Senior Software Engineers, and Biomaterials Developers.

LIMS Informatics Engineer

Exciting Opportunity for an Informatics Engineer! We're seeking a proactive and innovative Informatics Engineer to spearhead the implementation of innovative solutions in the life sciences industry. In this role, you'll be the driving force behind documenting, troubleshooting, and optimizing customer experiences, both remotely and on-site, ensuring seamless operations in informatics. Position: Informatics Engineer Location: Tokyo/Osaka Responsibilities: Oversee the execution of Informatics solution projects, including documentation and implementing solutions. Resolving customer issues and enhancing customer relationships, centering efforts on ensuring customer success. Delivering top-notch service and support to customers. Requirements: High school or above (Bachelor's degree is preferred). Fluent in Japanese (JLPT N1 or native level), and English reading and writing skills. 3+ years of experience in Project Management, particularly in the life sciences industry (in LIMS, IT knowledge). Deep knowledge of Windows servers Understanding of Oracle, GMP requirements 当社は、ライフサイエンス業界で最先端のソリューションの実装を先導する積極的で革新的な情報工学エンジニアを求めています。この役割では、リモートとオンサイトの両方で顧客体験の文書化、トラブルシューティング、最適化を推進し、情報工学におけるシームレスな運用を確保します。 職種: 情報工学エンジニア 場所: 東京/大阪 責任: 文書化とソリューションの実装を含む情報工学ソリューション プロジェクトの実行を監督します。 顧客の問題を解決し、顧客関係を強化し、顧客の成功を確実にすることに注力します。 顧客に最高のサービスとサポートを提供します。 要件: 高校以上 (学士号が望ましい)。 日本語が堪能 (JLPT N1 またはネイティブ レベル)、英語の読み書きスキル。 特にライフサイエンス業界でのプロジェクト管理 (LIMS、IT 知識) における 3 年以上の経験。 Windows サーバーに関する深い知識 Oracle、GMP 要件の理解

Negotiable
Tokyo
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Opérateur CNC/Décolleteur

Nous recherchons actuellement un opérateur CNC avec des compétences en mécanique, tournage ou usinage pour l'un de nos clients, basé dans la partie francophone de la Suisse. Notre client est une entreprise internationale spécialisée dans les dispositifs médicaux. Tâches: Préparation des machines, y compris la programmation et le réglage des paramètres CNC Opération des machines CNC pour assurer la production efficace et de haute qualité Supervision de la production pour garantir la conformité aux normes de qualité Communication des points importants pour le prochain quart de travail Promotion du travail d'équipe et de l'entraide entre collègues Profil recherché: Formation en mécanique, mécanicien-décolleteur ou équivalent Expérience significative en usinage, avec une maîtrise des commandes CNC Connaissance des décolleteuses Traub, Citizen et Tornos Swissnano serait un atout Détails supplémentaires: Date de début: dès que possible Langues: Français Horaire: 2x8 alterné, début à 05h00 et à 13h15 - 13h15 à 21h00 Lieu: Villeret, Bern Si cette opportunité vous semble intéressante et que vous répondez aux critères requis, n'hésitez pas à nous contacter en nous envoyant votre CV.

Swiss Franc58500 - Swiss Franc68000 per annum
Schweizer-Reneke
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Production Engineer - SG

Our client is a leading global pharmaceutical company, dedicated to advancing treatments for patients with various disorders and providing healthcare solutions for the wider community. Position: Senior Production Engineer (Pharmaceutical) Location: Singapore Role Description: Supervise research and development manufacturing operations and provide technical expertise. Develop manufacturing methods to transfer to new facilities, and assisting in method validation. Prepare and train operators in Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs). Document process safety and risk assessments. Requirements: Experience in a regulated manufacturing industry (pharmaceutical or biotechnology preferred). Master's or PhD in Chemistry/Chemical Engineering/Pharmaceutical Sciences. 5+ years of experience in formulation development. Strong understanding of GMP, process development, and validation, and pharmaceutical quality systems. Background in pharmaceutical formulation development and technology transfer.

Negotiable
Singapore
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Field Service Engineer

Come be a part of a pioneering company reshaping the landscape of life sciences! Our esteemed client, a forefront player in analytical equipment, is dedicated to catalyzing significant advancements in biological research and healthcare. Position: Field Service Engineer Location: Tokyo or Yokohama, Japan Key Responsibilities: Deliver top-tier technical assistance for state-of-the-art medical equipment across your assigned region. Lead on-site installations, maintenance, and repairs of analytical instruments, ensuring uninterrupted functionality for our esteemed clientele. Tackle technical challenges head-on, providing solutions that go above and beyond expectations. Cultivate synergy with interdisciplinary teams to propel innovation and excellence in our offerings. Candidate Requirements: 3+ years of experience as a Field Service Engineer. Knowledge and background in the medical device or life sciences domain. Fluency in Japanese (Business-Native level, JLPT N1), proficient English reading and writing skills. Possession of a valid driver's license in Japan. Preferred Qualifications: Bachelor's degree or higher in sciences or engineering. ライフサイエンスの世界を一変させる先駆的な企業の一員になりませんか。分析機器の第一線で活躍する当社の尊敬すべきクライアントは、生物学研究とヘルスケアの大きな進歩を促進することに尽力しています。 職種: フィールド サービス エンジニア 勤務地: 東京/横浜 (日本) 主な職務: 担当地域全体で最先端の医療機器に関するトップクラスの技術支援を提供します。分析機器の現場での設置、保守、修理を主導し、尊敬すべきお客様の機能が中断されないようにします。技術的な課題に正面から取り組み、期待を上回るソリューションを提供します。学際的なチームとの相乗効果を生み出し、当社の製品における革新と卓越性を推進します。 応募者の要件: フィールド サービス エンジニアとして 3 年以上の経験。 医療機器またはライフサイエンス分野の知識と経歴。 日本語が堪能であること (ビジネス ネイティブ レベル、JLPT N1)、英語の読み書き能力が優れていること。 日本で有効な運転免許証を所持していること。 望ましい資格: 理学または工学の学士号以上。

Negotiable
Tokyo
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Field Service Engineer

Overview: Are you a passionate Field Service Engineer looking for your next permanent challenge? My client is seeking an experienced individual to their dynamic team, delivering exceptional service and support within the diagnostics sector. This role is tailored for those who thrive on ensuring equipment runs at peak performance while fostering strong client relationships. Responsibilities: Deliver exceptional technical support for cutting-edge medical equipment in your designated region Oversee on-site installations, repairs, and maintenance of diagnostic equipment to ensure seamless operations for clients Investigate and resolve troubleshooting issues thoroughly, providing solutions that go beyond expectations Cultivate collaboration with interdisciplinary teams to drive innovation and excellence for products and services Requirements: Demonstrated success as a Field Service Engineer in fast-paced environments, showcasing adaptability and resilience. Deep understanding and experience within the diagnostics or medical device industry, demonstrating a passion for advancing healthcare Successfully completed training as a medical technician or obtained a degree in electrical engineering/medical engineering or comparable training Fluent in German and English Benefits: Competitive compensation package Desirable collaborative team culture Career development opportunities

Negotiable
Würzburg
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CQV Engineer

Amazing opportunity with one of our Global Bio-Pharmaceutical company in the German speaking part of Switzerland looking for CQV Engineer. Summary The CQV Engineer is primarily responsible for the preparation and the execution of the CQV activities as per below responsibilities. Responsibilities Execution of the following activities for the relevant systems in accordance with Project procedures/guidelines: System Boundary development + approval. Design Qualification preparation, execution and approval. Includes release for IQ. GMP-RA's. Commissioning preparation, execution and approval. Includes vendor supervision on their testing scope and quality. Installation Qualification preparation, execution and approval. Includes release for OQ. Operational Qualification preparation, execution and approval. Includes release to OPS. Provide support in execution of Design Qualification for other direct impact systems. Provide support in the implementation of the Installation Commissioning process in accordance with Project procedures/guidelines. Shall be able to work / support another C&Q activity if deemed necessary. Carry out shift work, where required. Available for travel to vendors / contractors, were required Candidate profile: Minimum requirements: Minimum Bachelor's degree in Life Sciences or Engineering Minimum of 2+ years of experience in commissioning / qualification / validation (DQ, IQ, OQ, Commissioning) activities in the pharmaceutical/biotech industry. Proven Process or Utility Equipment experience (either DSP, USP, Bioconjugates or Clean Utilities) Minimum 2+ years of experience in commissioning / qualification / validation of Clean Utilities Systems. Experience with DeltaV (Emerson). Fluent English language written and verbal communication skills. cGMP knowledge and knowledge of regulatory requirements. Able to work with minimum oversight fulfilling deliverable within target dates For further information about this position please apply *Please note, only those with the right to work in Switzerland can apply! (Unfortunately we do not sponsor work visa)

Negotiable
Switzerland
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MES Engineer

Amazing opportunity with one of our Global Bio-Pharmaceutical company in the German speaking part of Switzerland looking for MES Engineer. Senior MES Engineer who can lead, plan, install and guarantee the functionality of a MES system with significant experience in MES, Windows Server, MSSQL, Visualisation and a high-level programming language to join our Lonza talent community. Support the standardisation and optimisation of the MES standard library and are jointly responsible for training and knowledge transfer within the team. Job Requirement Ensuring the cGMP-compliant documentation (Validation, SOP, etc.) in cooperation with the plant engineer and system group. Support and troubleshoot of technical issues of the existing MES systems in site Visp. Perform routine maintenance and updates to ensure the stability and optimal performance of the MES Syncade system. Development and optimisation of Electronic Work Instructions, Behaviours and Function Modules. Constantly improving procedures and processes in compliance with the safety, hygiene, environmental and quality requirements in the area of responsibility. Recipe Authoring Experience in Delta V & Syncade system Job profile: Completed studies in Automation Engineering Min 2- 5 plus year's Professional experience in Life Science environment A clear view of priorities and deadlines Team-oriented personality who attaches great importance to a reliable, solution-oriented and careful way of working For further information about this position please apply *Please note, only those with the right to work in Switzerland can apply! (Unfortunately we do not sponsor work visa)

Negotiable
Switzerland
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Field Application Scientist

Our client is seeking a Field Applications Scientist to provide technical support for the bioprocess product lines. This role involves using expertise in cell culture perfusion to assist customers and our sales team. Responsibilities: Support sales and product management by providing technical assistance for our product lines. Respond to customer queries, conduct seminars, perform product demonstrations, troubleshoot, and gather customer feedback. Develop and execute project plans using our technologies to meet customer requirements. Participate in or lead projects. Requirements: Bachelor's degree or higher in sciences or engineering. 5+ years of experience in upstream biopharmaceutical processes. Knowledge of perfusion and intensified processes for various bioproducts is beneficial. Familiarity with scale-up, tech transfer, and cGMP requirements. Experience in upstream cell culture is advantageous. 当社のクライアントは、バイオプロセス製品ラインの技術サポートを提供するフィールド アプリケーション サイエンティストを募集しています。この役割には、細胞培養灌流の専門知識を使用して顧客と当社の営業チームを支援することが含まれます。 責任: 当社の製品ラインの技術サポートを提供することで、営業と製品管理をサポートします。 顧客からの問い合わせに応答し、セミナーを開催し、製品のデモンストレーションを行い、トラブルシューティングを行い、顧客からのフィードバックを収集します。 当社の技術を使用して、顧客の要件を満たすプロジェクト計画を策定し、実行します。 プロジェクトに参加または主導します。 要件: 理学または工学の学士号以上。 上流バイオ医薬品プロセスで 5 年以上の経験。 さまざまなバイオ製品の灌流および強化プロセスに関する知識があると有利です。 スケールアップ、技術移転、および cGMP 要件に精通していること。 上流細胞培養の経験があると有利です。

Negotiable
Tokyo
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Field Service Engineer

Join our team at a groundbreaking company at the forefront of reshaping the biotech sector! Partnered with a leading medical device corporation, we are committed to revolutionizing biological research and healthcare. Position: Field Engineer Location: Osaka, Japan Responsibilities: Deliver exceptional technical support for cutting-edge medical equipment in your designated region. Oversee on-site installations, repairs, and maintenance of biotechnology equipment to ensure seamless operations for our esteemed clients. Investigate and resolve troubleshooting issues thoroughly, providing solutions that go beyond expectations. Cultivate collaboration with interdisciplinary teams to drive innovation and excellence in our products and services. Requirements: Demonstrated success as a Field Service Engineer in fast-paced environments, showcasing adaptability and resilience. Deep understanding and experience within the medical device or life sciences industry, demonstrating a passion for advancing healthcare. Fluent in Japanese (Business-Native level, JLPT N1) with proficient English reading and writing skills. Possession of a valid driver's license in Japan. Qualifications: Bachelor's degree or higher in engineering or a related field. バイオテクノロジー分野の改革の最前線に立つ画期的な企業で、当社のチームに加わってください。大手医療機器企業と提携し、当社は生物学研究とヘルスケアの革命に取り組んでいます。 職種: フィールド エンジニア, 大阪、日本 責任: 担当地域の最先端の医療機器に関する優れた技術サポートを提供します。 バイオテクノロジー機器の現場での設置、修理、メンテナンスを監督し、当社の大切なお客様のためにシームレスな運用を実現します。 トラブルシューティングの問題を徹底的に調査して解決し、期待を超えるソリューションを提供します。 学際的なチームとのコラボレーションを促進し、当社の製品とサービスの革新と卓越性を推進します。 要件: フィールド サービス エンジニアとして、適応性と回復力を発揮し、ペースの速い環境で成功を収めた実績があること。 医療機器またはライフ サイエンス業界に関する深い理解と経験があり、ヘルスケアの進歩に情熱を持っていること。 日本語が堪能であること (ビジネス ネイティブ レベル、JLPT N1)、英語の読み書きスキルに優れていること。 日本で有効な運転免許証を所持していること。 資格: 工学または関連分野で学士号以上を取得していること。

Negotiable
Osaka
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Field Automation Engineer

Exciting new opportunity - Automation Engineer in Japan! Are you ready to embark on a dynamic journey in the world of automation engineering? Our client is seeking a talented individual to join as a Field Automation Engineer (FAE) based in Japan. As an integral member of our team, you will be at the forefront of our mission to deliver cutting-edge automation solutions to their esteemed customers in the region. This is a great platform for growth, innovation, and collaboration. Join the team and be part of a global leader in bioprocessing solutions, where your contributions will make a meaningful impact on scientific advancements worldwide. About the Role: As a Field Automation Engineer, you will take charge of all automation activities at customer sites, including installation, maintenance, validation, and servicing systems such as bioprocessing equipment, Chromatography, and spectrophotometers. Your expertise will be instrumental in providing seamless automation and integration support to the valued clients in Japan, with occasional travel within APAC. Key Responsibilities: Provide technical support and hands-on assistance for equipment repair, preventive maintenance, and systems automation. Conduct onsite support for installation, validation, and troubleshooting systems. Serve as the technical authority within the service team and provide automation support activities at customer sites. Collaborate closely with commercial and product teams to address customer needs and escalate issues promptly. Maintain accurate documentation of service activities and communicate effectively with internal and external stakeholders. Support Factory Acceptance Testing (FAT) and Site Acceptance Testing (SAT). Qualifications: Bachelor's degree or higher in software, systems, electronics, or automation engineering. 5+ years of experience in automation of scientific instruments, laboratories, or bioprocess settings. Proficiency in software and automation tools, especially in Programmable Logic Controller (PLC). Fluency in Japanese and English (written and spoken). Strong GMP knowledge and experience.

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Tokyo
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Auditor

Medical Device Auditor Job type: Permanent Location: Home Based (USA) A leading global Medical Device Notified Body is currently seeking to hire a Medical Device Auditor to join their growing team in the North America. You will play a key role in the company's growth strategy and success of their business. Additionally, you will be able to make an immediate impact on their North American operations with leading MedTech manufactures. Key responsibilities of the Medical Device Auditor include: Perform regulatory audits of Clients, as well as evaluations of regulatory submissions which include Technical File Review, according to EU directives (MDR) and the MDSAP Reviewing corrective actions, preparing reports and audit documentation for submission to the certification committee of the Notified Body Provide project management for North American-based Clients. This will include the issuing of quotes, coordinating multiple projects, coordinating audit team and interacting directly with the customer Key requirements of the Medical Device Auditor include: The ideal candidate should have a strong background in the production, validation, engineering or development side of the Medical Device industry Direct involvement in the Quality Management System (QMS) of a Medical Manufacturer. Experience in either Active or Non-Active products is relevant At least 4 years hands-on medical device experience in order to qualify for Notified Body Auditor status Regular travel 3-5 nights a week is required across the North American regions University degree in Engineering or Sciences; Biomedical, Electrical, Industrial, Biology, Chemistry or Physics Please apply directly or reach out or call +1 646-253-0243

£80000 - £80001 per annum
United States of America
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Quality Systems Engineer

Summary: As the Quality Systems Engineer, you will ensure the implementation, maintenance, monitoring, and reporting of designated quality system processes to ensure their sufficiency and continual enhancement in an ISO13485 environment. With a primary focus on nonconformance and Corrective and Preventive Action (CAPA) quality systems, this role spearheads and assists in investigations, root cause analyses, corrective actions, and the management of nonconformance and CAPA processes. The ideal candidate possesses a robust background in quality systems, adept problem-solving abilities, and a steadfast commitment to upholding quality standards within the medical device industry. Key Responsibilities: Graphics and Labeling Requirements: Evaluates, edits, and formulates label content according to customer specifications and company protocols. Assumes responsibility for label management and reconciliation processes, ensuring accurate documentation of label application and disposal. Assists Speed to Market teams during product transfers and collaborates with Production teams on product alterations. Updates job jackets, MOM, and related documents to implement product modifications based on reviewed revisions. Reviews and supports the assessment of material non-conformances, ensuring proper segregation, disposition, and corrective actions before material release. Investigates and addresses customer returns, complaints, and support requests regarding product conformity, implementing necessary corrective actions promptly. Review and investigates requested or assigned Corrective Action Requests (CARs) and Corrective and Preventive Actions (CAPAs). Supports or conducts compliance audits of Quality System processes, manufacturing areas, and documentation as directed. Presents audit findings to process or area management and company leadership as required. Assists the Quality System Manager in overseeing external audits from customers and regulatory bodies. Manages equipment and gauge calibration resources, ensuring compliance with calibration procedures. Supports the maintenance and control of measurement equipment, conducting periodic inspections for usability and addressing user queries or concerns. Provides support for equipment preventive maintenance scheduling and work standard enforcement. Collaborates with the organization to develop work standards in line with production transfer and improvement initiatives. Facilitates air, water, and surface monitoring for viable and particulate counts, coordinating with external suppliers for cleanroom and HEPA testing. Contributes to Quality objectives relevant to job responsibilities. Undertakes additional duties as assigned by the immediate supervisor. Job Closing Responsibilities: Reviews MOM for customer documentation requirements, excluding references to CoCs. Qualifications: Education and Experience: Bachelor's Degree in Life Sciences or a related technical discipline (e.g., biomedical engineering) or field. Minimum of 5 years of experience in an ISO 13485 environment. Minimum of 5 years of direct experience in nonconformance and CAPA investigation within the medical device industry. Previous experience supporting and facilitating internal and external audits within the medical device field. Certificates, Licenses, Registrations: Certification as a quality auditor or similar industry certification. Benefits: Full-time team members become eligible for benefits starting the first day of the month following 30 days of employment. These include: Health Insurance: High Deductible Health Plan (HDHP) with Health Savings Account (HSA) - with an employer contribution of $1,040 annually. High Preferred Provider Organization (PPO) Low Preferred Provider Organization (PPO) Flexible Spending Account (FSA) Dental Insurance Vision Insurance Basic Life Insurance (Employer-paid) Supplemental Life Insurance Short-term Disability Insurance (Employer-paid) Long-term Disability Insurance 401(k) Plan with a 4% Employer Match Paid Time Off (accrued at 120 hours per year)* 9 Paid Holidays Access to Continuing Education and Seminar Programs Employee Assistance Program (EAP) Fitness Room Access

US$100000 - US$115000 per year
Minneapolis
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The Life Sciences Skills Gap: How to Hire

​The life sciences industry is rapidly growing, but it is experiencing skills gaps that need to be addressed to allow it to reach its full potential. According to a 2022 life sciences and pharma talent trends report, 33% of C-suite and human capital leaders in the life sciences and pharmaceuticals sector agree that talent scarcity is a major pain point. This problem is widespread, with the UK also suffering a skills shortage that threatens to stall the industry’s trajectory.Skills gaps in digital and computational skills, and industrial, economic, and clinical research are particularly large. However, if phenotypic, genomic, and patient data integration practices can be optimized across the industry, this will support both research and treatment advances in the future.This article shares effective hiring strategies that can help life sciences organizations address skill gaps within their teams and wider business.Understanding the skills gaps in the life sciences industryStatistics from the talent trends report highlight the key skills gaps in the life sciences industry and how they impact key research and development processes. Demand for life sciences products is forecast to grow more rapidly than the global GDP over the coming years, and 45% of the aforementioned talent leaders note that they are looking to hire primarily to avoid talent scarcity from hindering their organizations’ progress. Moreover, the report found that 67% of pharmaceutical and life sciences companies believe that reskilling their current employees is an efficient way to address and mitigate skills gaps. It currently takes 105 days on average to fill a non-executive life sciences position in the US, leading to financial losses of $500 per open role per day, so intentional talent strategies are crucial to setting life sciences businesses on the path to success.Supporting mobility between sectorsSupporting mobility between sectors plays a vital role in closing the skills gaps within the life sciences industry. Enabling professionals to transition across sectors, ranging from Regulatory and Legal Services to Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Engineering, allows life sciences companies to tap into a vast pool of talent. This is also an effective method of sharing intersectional knowledge and developing key skills.Selecting candidates with a diverse range of backgrounds for open roles may also bring more unique perspectives into your organization, thereby driving innovation and helping to meet growing demand. Focus on transferable skillsFocusing on transferable skills is a powerful approach to bridging the skills gap in the life sciences industry. Rather than solely emphasizing sector-specific experience, prioritizing transferable skills enables professionals to adapt and thrive in new roles within the field. The life sciences industry’s talent offers a myriad of transferable skills that can be used to power future growth and innovation. These include analytical skills, leadership and teamwork skills, problem solving, written and oral communication skills, management skills, and scientific peer communication. Additional soft skills to focus on in your talent acquisition strategy include critical thinking, problem solving, and attention to detail.Consider cultural fitSeek out candidates from other industries who align with your organization’s culture, values, and core mission. This alignment promotes employee engagement, retention, and overall job satisfaction, whilst creating a supportive working environment that benefits from a wide range of experiences and perspectives.These candidates should also possess the aforementioned transferable skills, which will help to ensure that they can perform optimally in their new roles without being hindered by common skills gaps.Offer more flexibilityWhile not a priority for all candidates, flexible working arrangements such as remote or hybrid work arrangements are valuable to skilled candidates and may help to give your organization an advantage in the ongoing competition for life sciences talent.Hire top talent with EPM ScientificEPM Scientific is a leading specialist life sciences talent partner, providing you with a wealth of expertise to help you locate the best talent for your life sciences roles globally. Submit a vacancy or request a call back from our team to find the right people to drive your organization forwards.

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Consequently, companies have found it harder to get the people they need. 47.8 million workers in the U.S. decided to quit their jobs in 2021 – the highest volume of resignations since the Bureau of Labor Statistics began recording this data in 2001. This is equivalent to 3.98 million workers quitting their jobs each month, up from an average of roughly 3m leaving their jobs each month in 2019.Similar trends have been observed in Australia and the UK, where the rate of employed people between 16-64 choosing to switch jobs reached an all-time high of 3.2% between October-December 2021. The resignation rate continued to increase in 2022, with job-to-job resignations in the UK peaking at 442,000 in the second quarter of 2022. In Europe, one in three workers are considering quitting their jobs in the near term, with inadequate compensation and lack of career advancement being cited as the top factors.Why are Life Sciences professionals leaving their roles?The reasons that Life Sciences professionals have for wanting to leave their jobs vary across each industry sector. However, the promise of higher remuneration is invariably the main reason. This is according to findings from our Year in Review, which goes into greater depth about the factors that matter most to Life Sciences professionals when seeking to advance their careers.There are a host of other important factors, however, such as the desire for an improved work-life balance and employees wanting to acquire more new skills that will aid in their professional development. Changes in management can also cause people to want to move jobs, and Life Sciences professionals are increasingly looking for openings that provide flexible working hours and the ability to work from home.How to improve employee retentionThe good news is that there is a wide range of employee retention strategies that you can adopt in your workplace. Let’s take a look at some of the most effective employee retention techniques that you can use to ensure that your employees are satisfied at work and remain highly motivated in their positions, as opposed to looking elsewhere for their big career break.Offer competitive salaries and benefitsDissatisfaction around salary has had a negative impact on talent retention in the Life Sciences sector. As we’ve seen across the board, wanting higher compensation is the top reason for employees wanting to move to jobs; 70% of the R&D professionals that we surveyed within the Pharmacological industry were motivated by the promise of higher compensation at other companies.Paying your team a competitive rate is a simple but effective employee retention strategy that you can use to avoid your workforce shrinking. Our survey results show that the majority of respondents want a pay rise upwards of 10-15% of their current salary, which provides some indication of how much you may need to offer in order to remain competitive. Focus on career developmentYour employees will be far less likely to want to continue working for you long-term if there are few opportunities for advancement – or if their ability to develop their skills is limited. A study by Work Institute found that employees quit in 20% of cases due to career development issues.This highlights the importance of setting clear paths for career progression to give your team the motivation and provide them with long-term goals.Be flexibleOffering flexible working arrangements is a sure-fire way to keep your employees happy. Our Year in Review revealed that the option to work from home is very important to 60% of the industry as a whole. The majority of R&D respondents deemed flexibility as either important or very important, and workers in Pharmacovigilance ranked flexibility higher than salary when asked what is most important when considering a new job.Whilst a lack of flexible working options will not be a deal-breaker for many employees, you will find it far easier to retain your top talent if you grant them greater freedom to work according to their preferences.Build a supportive company cultureThere’s nothing quite like a warm, friendly culture when it comes to getting excellent work out of your employees. It’s also one of the best ways to increase their loyalty to the company.Seeking feedback from employees on a regular basis about how working processes might be improved helps ensure that workers feel that their concerns are being heard and addressed. Providing senior employees with the skills and training that they need to be good managers is also a worthwhile endeavour. Manufacturing professionals regard good leadership as almost as important as salary, according to our Year in Review survey.Promote work-life balanceMore than a third of respondents in our Life Sciences Year in Review report highlighted a poor work-life balance as one of the main reasons for wanting to seek employment in another role. Almost half of the Clinical Pharmacology professionals surveyed cited a need for an improved work-life balance as their main reason for seeking a new position.With higher numbers of professionals re-evaluating their priorities in life in the wake of the COVID pandemic, it’s no wonder that Life Sciences professionals are seeking out positions that allow them to spend more time with their families and friends. Giving your employees more personal time is therefore one of the most effective strategies for employee retention.Offer innovative, up-to-date technologiesFinally, ensure that you have the latest technology in your workplace. Investing in top-of-the-range software, for example, will make it easier for your employees to complete tasks and reduce the errors that are made, thereby increasing company productivity and boosting morale.Employee retention is critical to successThriving companies are characterized by a happy, satisfied workforce and high employee retention rates. Partner with EPM Scientific, a leading executive search firm for the Life Sciences industry, to find out more about how you can implement employee retention strategies that get results. Request a call back and one of our specialist consultants will be in touch. ​

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Benefits of Life Sciences Contract Work

According to Statista, 86.5 million people in the United States alone will be freelancing by 2027, which is more than half of the country’s workforce – and this is a trend that’s not limited to the US. In Europe, it’s estimated that there are already 32.3 million freelancers making up 15% of the total labor market.If you’re in the Life Sciences sector, you can enjoy the benefits of contract work. The big question is, would a contract job be the right choice for you? This is an important question especially if you’ve built your career in permanent roles. Consider the benefits of being a contract employee and weigh them up against your own priorities to be better able to make an informed decision.The benefit of higher payHigher pay is one of the benefits of contract work. There’s a misconception that Life Sciences contractors do not earn as much as those in permanent roles, but the reality is that most Life Science companies are often willing to pay contract workers more money.  One of the reasons for this is that those companies do not have to cover health benefits, social security taxes, 401K (retirement) contributions, unemployment compensation, or Medicare for contract workers. They also understand that they need to compensate for the lack of company benefits and a steady income, especially if those contractors have a high level of expertise in their field.Freedom of choiceThe freedom to choose who you work with, where you work, and for how long you work is another of the benefits of contract jobs. As a contractor, you can carefully select the Life Sciences companies you want to work for, and you can choose roles or projects that interest you and avoid those that don’t. In addition, you can select the contracts that best suit you, whether you consider the location in which you will be based or the length of the contract.Gaining broad skills and experienceThe potential to gain much broader skillsets and a wealth of experience is another benefit of contract work in the Life Sciences sector. Making this benefit even more attractive is that you can do this in a relatively short time.As a contractor, you probably will fill a specific role for a variety of Life Sciences companies. By working on different projects in those companies, you will gain insights into and experience in a diversity of systems and workflows, some of which will be unique to specific companies. This is not possible if you remain a permanent employee within one company.Contract work also keeps work experience fresh, as your responsibilities are not likely to become monotonous or repetitive. The continued challenges that come your way are opportunities to diversify your skillset, which will count in your favor as you continue to progress your career through contract jobs. Find the right roleSince 2012, EPM Scientific has placed candidates in their next Life Sciences role, including both contract and permanent positions. Register your resume on our site to access the latest role​s on the Life Sciences job market and find out how we can help you define your next career move.​

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Bioartificial Kidneys and Tissue Engineering: Cyborg Future?

​UCSFs bioartificial kidney is an exciting breakthrough which circumvents the need for tissue-blood supply,using  cyborg-likesilicon chips. In thisarticlewe explore UCSF’s Kidney Project, the latest applications of tissue engineering, and the recruitment trends within the pharma and biotech fields.We have previously discussed how the fields of tissue-engineeringand regenerative medicine are poised to yield market disruptions for biotech and pharma.Recap: What is tissue engineering?Tissue engineering is the synthesis of biological tissues — usually via a combination of a scaffold, stem cells, and growth factors. Like the field of gene therapy, tissue engineering has progressed from early debates overradical sciencetoviable and disruptive product lines.  While regenerative medicine includes therapies to rejuvenate tissues, tissue-engineering seeks to replace tissues with de-novo implants that are either grown from the host or immune tolerant. A number of projects in recent years haveutilisedtissue engineering: In 2016 theLancet reportedthat a Swiss group had taken biopsies of subjects’ nasal cartilage, expanded them in a lab on an electrospun scaffold, then replanted them successfully into full-thickness articular defects in the cartilage of the same subject's knee.  This is a potential therapy for knee osteoarthritis.In 2017scientists from Tokyo Universityreported on the use of implanted nasal cartilage grafts to treat facial defects in adults with cleft-palates. In 2018Science Translational Medicinereported on the use of implanted tissue-engineered spinal discs to treat advanced disc degeneration in rats. The field holds promise for any degenerative disease that impacts irreplaceable tissues, such ascardiac valves,peripheral nerves,spinal cord,amputated limbs, and much more. However, the problem with tissue engineered constructs and a major barrier to evolution in the field has turned out to be relatively simple.  Once any engineered tissue grows beyond a few cell layers, itrequires a nutrient supplyto support itself.  In biological tissues, blood vessels support living cells by bringing nutrients and eliminating wastes.  But when seeking to de-novo engineer a tissue from cartilage, liver, or kidney stem cells blood vessels are an extreme complication — to create them requires creating a second tissue,interspersed with the first, composed ofmultiple cell typesin layers, and highlycomplex to engineer.  The blood vessel problem is a major barrier to innovation in the field of tissue engineering.  Here’s how one team is solving it...The bioartificial kidney and blood vesselsGlobally, between8-16%of people suffer from chronic kidney disease. The dialysis industry was estimated at$40 billionin 2018.  Kidney transplants are themost common organ donationworldwide, and there are greater than100,000 peoplewithend-stagerenal disease in the US waiting for a kidney transplant. Kidneys are composed of highly specialized cells that filter blood to formurine,and are essential for excreting wastes, balancing electrolytes, and maintaining healthy red blood cells. It’s now possible for these tissues can beengineered in the lab, andmany research groupshave made progress in this field. UCSF’s Kidney Project breakthrough One group, Dr. Shuvo Roy’smicroelectricalmechanical labat UCSF, has made an interesting breakthrough, which is relevant beyond just kidneys, to the entire field of tissue engineering.  Many scientists have grown a functional tissue, then implanted it hoping it would vascularize. Or, havegrown blood vessels into a scaffold, then cultured functional cells in theprevascularizedstructure. Dr. Shuvo Roy’sKidney Projectsimply printed a silicon chip that carried nutrient supplies like a dialysis machine, then placed cells in the chip.  Rather than recreating complex biological tissues, they created a silicon chip that supported individual cells.  This is essentially a simple concept, that stands to reverse all of tissue engineering. It’s possible that the best tissue-engineered grafts are not going to recreate biological architecture. On this basis, some believe that the implants of the future will becyborg composites, functional cells living in an artificial matrix. Impact of tissue engineering R&D on pharma and biotech recruitmentWe believe biotech and pharma would be well served to integrate tissue-engineering R&D into their portfolios because the field is poised for breakthroughs, and those breakthroughs are likely to disrupt established clinical markets. Experts in this field are valuable, and recruitment in this industry is at an all-time high.Operating as part of the Phaidon International group, EPM Scientific is a specialist staffing agency, wholly focused on permanent & freelance recruitment within the life sciences sector.  We are designed to enhance the connection between enterprise project management and recruitment services in complex drug & device development endeavors like tissue-engineering and regenerative medicine therapies. At EPM Scientific, we think holistically. We recruit the best talent to ensure superior medicines are available to patients and we believe in the positive evolution of human health.  As we’ve shown with the example of Dr. Shuvo Roy’s research group and the bioartificial kidney, the right perspective, and the right talent can take a complex, unsolvable problem and circumvent it to unlock potential across many disciplines. The right candidate for the right team takes skill and timing.  If you’re a hiring manager in pharma or biotech looking to extend your team with tissue engineering capacities,  or you’re a consultant with this expertise wishing to move into industry.  I’m happy to help you find the right fit.  Please feel free to reach out directly at Contact.Us@epmscientific.com-------------------------EPM Scientific is a leading specialist recruitment agency for the Life Sciences industry. We were founded in 2012 to give companies and candidates peace of mind that the recruitment process is in experts hands. Today, we provide contingency, retained search and project-based contract recruitment from our global hubs in London, Berlin, Switzerland, New York and Chicago.We pride ourselves in keeping our professional network up-to-date with any changes that will shape the future of work or affect the hiring process. Visit our website to discover more invaluable insights, including exclusive research, salary guides and market trends.

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Emerging Markets in Tissue Engineering

​Tissue-engineered substrates like Axogen nerve-grafts and 3D-printed hydrogels have penetrated past the hype phase of the Garner hype cycle to the main market.  Tissue-engineering and regenerative medicine are hot topics lately.  While the average person associates these therapies with idealistic sci-fi, the truth is that these therapies have exited controversial trial-and-error experimentation and are beginning to generate viable product lines.  In other words, they have made it past the hype and are beginning to yield.While these two terms are often used interchangeably they are subtly different sciences. Tissue-engineering is a biomaterials field where scaffolds, cells, and growth are combined to synthesize functional tissues which could be implanted in humans. Current innovation in this field is focused on experiments to determine the optimum ratios, substrates, and timelines to grow viable tissues.  This research is less fundamental and more experimental, often occurring in academia.In contrast, regenerative medicine is a broader clinical field which includes tissue-engineering but also therapies to transplant or rejuvenate human tissues in situ.  Many of these therapies are already on the market in some form in the cosmetics or sports injury industries.  This research is more applied and occurs in industry, medicine, and academia. The tissue-engineering industryTissue-engineering is highly desirable because it escapes the ethical, autoimmune, and infectious dilemmas of transplanted tissues. Complex non-antigenic bioimplants could also disrupt more expensive and less effective medical industries like dialysis or prosthetic limbs.The drawback with tissue-engineering has always been complexity. As Einstein is paraphrased as saying “Everything should be made as simple as possible, but no simpler”.  The reason we haven’t had tissue-engineered products in the past, is they are not simple to make. Biological tissues are grown over time, dynamic, and interdependent. As difficult as it is to expand and grow healthy tissue in a lab, viable lab-grown tissues must also be viable in the body.  When tissue is implanted it must be accepted by the immune system, integrate into vascular and lymphatic supplies, and then remodel appropriately with age.  Despite the challenges, several revolutionary tissue-engineered products have been emerging onto the biotech and pharma markets.  Some examples of viable tissue-engineered therapies that are achieving clinical use and widespread scientific acceptance include:Decellularized tissues such as Axogen’s Avance®  nerve grafts marketed for repair of transected or damaged nerves or DermACELL® skin replacements for burnsGrowth factors such as those eluted from Osiris’ Grafix® a placental membrane therapy marketed for the healing of chronic woundsImplanted tissues such as Dr. Ivan Martin’s implanted cartilage grafts for knee arthritisWhat does this mean for recruitment?Novel tissue-engineered products have the potential to replace human tissues previously thought irreplaceable such as nerve, bone, and cartilage.  Additionally,  therapies from tissue-engineering might also yield unexpected breakthroughs in the wider clinical and commercial fields of regenerative medicine.Biotech and pharma would be well served to integrate tissue-engineering R&D into their portfolios because the field is poised for breakthroughs, and those breakthroughs are likely to disrupt established clinical markets. Experts in this field are valuable, and recruitment in this industry is at an all-time high.Operating as part of the Phaidon International group, EPM Scientific is a specialist staffing agency, wholly focused on permanent & freelance recruitment within the life sciences sector.  We are designed to enhance the connection between enterprise project management and recruitment services in complex drug & device development endeavors like tissue-engineering and regenerative medicine therapies. At EPM Scientific, we think holistically. We recruit the best talent to ensure superior medicines are available to patients and we believe in the positive evolution of human health. The right candidate for the right team takes skill and timing.  If you’re a hiring manager in pharma or biotech looking to extend your team with tissue engineering capacities,  or you’re a consultant with this expertise wishing to move into industry.  I’m happy to help you find the right fit.  Please feel free to reach out directly at Contact.Us@epmscientific.com.---------------------------------------------EPM Scientific is a leading specialist recruitment agency for the Life Sciences industry. We were founded in 2012 to give companies and candidates peace of mind that the recruitment process is in experts hands. Today, we provide contingency, retained search and project-based contract recruitment from our global hubs in London, Berlin, Switzerland, New York and Chicago.We pride ourselves in keeping our professional network up-to-date with any changes that will shape the future of work or affect the hiring process. Visit our website to discover more invaluable insights, including exclusive research, salary guides and market trends. ​

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