Scientific Editor – English Language Publications
Contract Type: Full time fixed term contract – max 5 years
Location: Strasbourg (France)
Reference: Vacancy Notice n° e11/2018
Deadline for applications: 1 October 2018
The Council of Europe and its European Directorate for the Quality of Medicines & HealthCare (EDQM) are looking for enthusiastic and rigorous scientific assistants with an excellent command of English (mother tongue level) to join our European Pharmacopoeia Department. If chosen, you will provide scientific assistance for the preparation of texts of the European Pharmacopoeia mainly. The European Pharmacopoeia is a single reference work for the quality control of medicines in 38 European countries and the EU and used in over 100 countries worldwide.
The main responsibilities of the job:
- participates in the drafting, checking and revising of draft English texts to be published in Pharmeuropa and legally binding texts to be published in the European Pharmacopoeia (Ph. Eur.), in close co-operation with the scientific programme managers and translators by:
- identifying common errors / divergences from the Style Guide;
- ensuring consistency of the documents prepared between French and English in conjunction with other Scientific Editors;
- drawing chemical formulae and checking chemical nomenclature, using appropriate software and consulting specialised experts;
- assessing scientific data in accordance with technical rules and guidelines;
- performs scientific and linguistic editing on scientific notes, drafted by non-native English speakers, to be published in Pharmeuropa;
- gives advice and feedback on common linguistic and terminological errors;
- may support scientific programme managers and their expert groups by reviewing early draft texts to technically challenge the coherence and consistency of the texts within the framework of the Ph. Eur.
What we look for in someone to undertake this role effectively:
- completed university studies with a degree in pharmacy, chemistry or a similar subject linked to pharmaceutical or chemical analysis;
- an excellent command of English (mother tongue or mother-tongue level) and knowledge of French (especially reading);
- practical experience in various analytical methods used for the quality control of pharmaceutical substances and finished products acquired in an official medicines control laboratory, at university (e.g. during PhD studies), an analogous organisation or in the pharmaceutical or related industries;
- good knowledge of the chemistry of pharmaceutical substances (notably knowledge and practice of the rules of chemical nomenclature, including drawing of chemical formulae); understanding of the pharmaceutical jargon; linguistic knowledge concerning terminology, spelling, syntax, etc.
- you also have to hold the nationality of one of the 47 Council of Europe member states.
What we offer:
- a good insight into the European regulatory framework from the EDQM perspective and the opportunity to work in a leading international organisation in the field of public health protection - the Ph. Eur. is Europe’s legal and scientific benchmark for pharmacopoeial standards contributing to delivering high quality medicines in Europe and beyond;
- the chance to work in a multinational/multicultural workplace – over 20 nationalities work at the EDQM which is situated in the European quarter of Strasbourg;
- highly competitive, income tax free salaries - monthly salary from € 3 919,79*, an attractive benefits package including health insurance and additional allowances such as family and expatriation allowances (as appropriate).
More details and information on the recruitment process to apply can be found on our Employment website. Applications must be submitted in English by 1 October 2018 (midnight Central European Time) at the latest. The Council of Europe/ EDQM is not part of the European Union so there is no issue for UK citizens to apply to the EDQM. Please note we only accept applications posted via our online recruitment website.
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* Gross, as of 1 January 2018