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Senior Scientist, Bacterial Technology, Oslo

Become part of a global leader in vaccines and therapeutics development and innovation for aquaculture!


Why join PHARMAQ part of Zoetis?

PHARMAQ is the global leader in vaccine and therapeutics development and innovation for the aquaculture industry and part of Zoetis, the world's leading animal health company. The company develops safe and effective medicines through targeted research and a highly skilled and dedicated staff. PHARMAQ has around 375 employees, with R&D and manufacturing facilities based in Norway and commercial operations located in Norway, Europe, North and South America and in Asia.

Our innovative drive is focused on the need to produce sustainable, safe and healthy seafood. As fish continues to be the most consumed and future crucial source of animal protein worldwide, we believe that fish health management tools, such as fish vaccines and therapeutics, are key to developing a sustainable growth in global aquaculture.

In PHARMAQ part of Zoetis, we foster a highly collaborative culture and work across the business units to obtain results that matter. It is our colleagues that make the difference, and we strive to value the professional and personal development of every colleague.

Who are we looking for?

When hiring new employees, we look for the individuals who are inspired by PHARMAQ part of Zoetis dynamic and innovative spirit to create the next generation of solutions and services to support the evolving aquaculture industry. Our core beliefs are; Our Colleagues Make The Difference, Always Do The Right Thing, Customer Obsessed, Run It Like You Own It and We Are One Zoetis. We are now seeking for a Senior Scientists for our Bacterial Technology team.


Senior Scientist, Bacterial Technology

As the global leader in fish health and vaccines, the Bacterial Technology team supports PHARMAQ part of Zoetis R&D with expertise within bacteriology, microbiology, immunology, vaccinology, molecular biology and process technology. In 2020, 2 billion vaccine doses were delivered to Salmonids, Pangasius, Tilapia, Bass and Bream, leading to reduced use of antibiotics and healthier fish, as well as increased value for farmers and improved food safety for consumers worldwide. We are now seeking an experienced and highly motivated scientist and project team leader to be a key contributor to the bacterial vaccine research activities and strategy. The candidate will be expected to support or lead projects and drive activities to implement innovative approaches and technologies in cross-functional teams including experts in research and development, regulatory affairs, and laboratory sciences.

In this role, you will be at the center of our operations and find that everything we do, every day, is dedicated to make aquaculture progress. You will have an opportunity to work with state-of-the-art technologies and assist with identification and characterization of disease-causing bacteria, as well as development of analytical methods and vaccine concepts, for development of novel vaccines. You will also be involved in preparation of documentation for regulatory authorities including protocols, development- and validation reports etc. Your significant experience of applying knowledge of principles, concepts, and practices of the discipline will make you a critical member of the team.

Key responsibilities

  • Drive bacterial vaccine research activities
  • Contribute with scientific oversight of relevant fields of research
  • Support/lead project teams and be accountable for project planning, execution, reporting and communication
  • Contribute to preparation of protocols, development- and validation reports etc
  • In close collaboration with colleagues from other departments, ensure that deliverables are in compliance with relevant SOPs, regulatory requirements and Company policies
  • Plan and deliver results according to timelines

Qualifications and profile

  • PhD in a relevant life science discipline, e.g. biotechnology, microbiology, molecular biology, veterinary medicine, preferably with focus on bacteriology
  • Proven experience from research on pathogen-host interactions, bacterial diseases and vaccinology, preferably in fish
  • Project management/team lead experience, preferably from the pharmaceutical, biotech or animal health industry
  • Minimum 3 years working experience in medicinal/clinical/development research
  • Experience with bacterial cultivation and bioanalytical methods and tools such as PCR, qPCR, bioinformatics and immunoassays
  • Ability to manage multiple competing priorities and meet timelines
  • You have a structured mindset with focus on quality, and well-developed people skills
  • Proven networking skills and ability to share knowledge and experience amongst colleagues
  • Adaptability, accountability and a collaborative mindset is essential
  • Fluency in English and Norwegian, both written and spoken

The position is located in Oslo (Skøyen) at our modern and well-equipped research center. We offer a competitive compensation and benefits, flexible schedule and the opportunity to develop.

For further information about the position please contact:

Bjørn Erik Brudeseth

Senior Manager Bacterial Technology

+47 92881518



We are looking forward to receiving your application, which you can send with your CV via email to by 31st of August 2021. Applications will be considered on an ongoing basis. Copy of diplomas and testimonials are requested to be included in the interview. We are a pharmaceutical company and we will require police testimonial upon appointment.


PHARMAQ is the world's leading vaccine and innovation company focused on the aquaculture industry and part of Zoetis, the world's leading animal health company. The company develops safe and effective medicines for the aquaculture industry with a good environmental profile through targeted research and dedicated staff. Production, administration, research and development is located in Norway and the group's products are marketed in Europe, North and South America and in Asia. PHARMAQ has around 375 employees. For more information, see the company's website:


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