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Crystallography Scientist

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 Ardena is a leading contract development organization for the pharmaceutical industry. We assist pharmaceutical companies, from virtual biotech to big pharma, in bringing their valued molecule(s) to the clinic and market. We provide a comprehensive and integrated portfolio of drug substance and drug product development services.

 Ardena is a rapidly growing international orientated organization in the industry, with 6 company sites in 4 countries. (Belgium, the Netherlands, Latvia and Sweden). Our head offices are in Gent, Belgium. In the past 3 years we have taken over several other organizations which are complementary to each other and created One Ardena Group. We currently have 300 people working for us and an annual revenue of 44 million (2020) and have realized an average growth of 15% on annual basis over the past 3 years and we have the ambition to continue this growth.

For the Ardena Business Unit based in Amsterdam, we are looking for a

Crystallography Scientist – Solid State group (FT)



Ardena Amsterdam, based in the Amsterdam UMC, is specialized in the optimization of the drug substance physical forms including salts, polymorphs, amorphous forms and co-crystals.  Our services also include preformulation activities and crystallization process development.

The Crystallography Scientist role is focused on performing X-ray powder diffraction analysis and single crystal X-ray diffraction analysis including sample preparation, data collection and interpretation and reporting.  This role will also include performing laboratory experiments such as solid form screens and other analytical tests such as DSC, TGMS, HPLC and DVS.  The Scientist will work in close collaboration with and reports back to the Project Leaders, who have overall responsibility of the customer projects.  



  • Working in close collaboration with the Principal Scientist – Senior Crystallographer
  • Providing technical expertise / scientific input on X-Ray diffraction
  • Providing scientific expertise and analytical insights to Core Team meetings
  • Assisting to client meetings to present scientific data in a clear manner
  • Writing scientific reports for clients, e.g. Single Crystal structure determination and High Resolution XRPD analysis
  • Performing and documenting the activities in line with GMP standards and regulatory guidelines where applicable
  • Acting as a scientific mentor for junior colleagues


  • You have a PhD in Physical Chemistry with experience in X-Ray Crystallography
  • You have experience in:
  • You are able to meet high quality standards and you have a research-minded attitude
  • GMP experience will be a plus
  • You feel comfortable in a dynamic and changing environment
  • You like to learn and develop yourself
  • You are flexible, a problem solver and a team player
  • You have an analytical mindset and you are stress resistant
  • You have good communication skills and are fluent in English (written as well as spoken)
  • We love creative thinking and pro-activeness
    • Single crystal growth and Single crystal X-ray diffraction analysis
    • Single crystal structure solution and data refinement 
    • High Resolution X-ray powder diffraction
    • Indexing X-Ray powder diffraction
    • Phase quantification
    • Rietveld refinement
    • Whole Powder Pattern Decomposition analysis
    • Structure solution from X-ray powder diffraction data



  • A true learning environment where you will have the ability to grow your skills
  • A multicultural and dynamic environment with nice colleagues
  • Open straightforward but also caring culture
  • We are true to our values
  • An attractive remuneration package
  • Flexible working hours
  • 28 days holiday a year
  • The office is easy to reach by public transport


If you like to have more information about the role, please do not hesitate to contact Ana Fernández Casares, email: ana.fernandezcasares@ardena.com, Tel: +31 20 8202690


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Only candidates eligible to work in the EU will be considered for the position. Unfortunately, given the high volume of applications we receive for our vacancies, these professionals (not entitled to work in The Netherlands will not be given a status update. Agency calls will not be appreciated.

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