Student Internship for Process or Chemical Eng. in Pharma Technical Development of Small Molecules

Basel, Canton of Basel-Stadt (CH)
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August 15 2017
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As part of the global technical development organization, we are responsible for the research and development of oral dosage forms, at the Roche Basel site. This includes the technical development and optimization of market formulations, the scale-up of the manufacturing processes including transfers to the production sites as well as the development and manufacturing of clinical batches under Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) status. Our responsibilities also include the evaluation and implementation of new manufacturing technologies and process analytical technologies.


You will support the Process Modelling group in Process Research & Development. The Process Modelling group applies mathematical models based on mechanistic understanding of manufacturing processes of oral dosage forms, to predict intermediates and product quality given the process operating conditions and to scale up the manufacturing process from laboratory to full scale.


Your responsibilities are:

  • Perform comprehensive literature review
  • Plan, organize and perform experiments independently as well as collaboratively
  • Set up and run simulations of the process by using appropriate mechanistic models available in software of choice
  • Evaluate and compare experimental data with simulation results and propose next steps for experimental and/or modelling work
  • Summarize results and present them clearly and effectively in meetings as well as oral presentations and reports


Who you are

You’re someone who wants to influence your own development. You’re looking for a company where you have the opportunity to pursue your interests across functions and geographies. Where a job title is not considered the final definition of who you are, but the starting point.

You are an enrolled student in the subject of Chemical Engineering or Process Engineering (preferably with bachelor’s degree) and have an interest in computational modelling.


Your further profile for this position:

  • Interest in using and sharing your knowledge as part of a 6-months internship in a modern working environment
  • Reliable and accurate working style in a GMP-compliant environment
  • Team-oriented and decision-making personality as well as self-sufficient, problem solving-oriented work habits
  • Aptitude for mathematics and basic experience in computer programming (e.g. Matlab, C, gProms) as well as good knowledge of MS-Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Experience in using flowsheeting software (e.g. Aspen Plus, gSolids, gCrystal) and computational fluid dynamics or discrete elements modelling software (e.g. Fluent, Comsol, STAR-CD, OpenFOAM, EDEM, Liggghts) constitutes a plus
  • Proficient in English

This internship opportunity is one of around ten we offer in the department per semester. The interviews will take place in an interview day with all considered candidates and the whole department.

In order to ensure that your application will be considered, you must include a current CV as well as a motivation letter. If you want to use this internship towards the practical part of a degree (i.e Master’s or Diploma thesis), please include this information in the application.

The internship position will start in November 2018. Alternative start times are possible with prior arrangement, please also note this wish in your application.

Please note that the interviews will take place in the September and October  2017.

Application deadline is End of August 2017, we recommend to apply as soon as possible.

Due to regulations non-EU/EFTA citizens must provide a certificate from the university stating that an internship is mandatory as part of the application documents.


Who we are

Basel is the headquarters of the Roche Group and one of its most important centres of pharmaceutical research. Over 8,500 people from approximately 90 countries work in Basel, which is one of Roche`s largest sites. 

Roche is an equal opportunity employer.