Lab Operator

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.

For our drug product formulation laboratory based in Ghent, we are looking for a

Lab Operator

Your key role

Ardena (Ghent) is looking for a Lab Operator with a strong interest in GMP work (Good Manufacturing Practices). The main role of the Lab Operator is to assist in the development of early phase drug product formulations and to conduct small-scale GMP manufacturing operations under the guidance of senior scientific staff. You will develop and manufacture different pharmaceutical dosage forms such as capsules, tablets, granules, solutions, suspensions, gels, creams, ointments, etc.


Your main activities

  • Picking and verification of materials needed for manufacturing
  • Checking and executing line clearance and line clearing activities before and during the GMP manufacturing
  • Sterilisation of (production) materials
  • Hands-on operation of pharmaceutical production machinery (weighing, blending, encapsulation, tabletting, coating, etc.)
  • Technical testing of new equipment
  • Primary and secondary packaging of GMP materials
  • Label printing and labeling of GMP materials
  • Performing qualification, calibration and maintenance of production equipment
  • Cleaning pharmaceutical production equipment and facilities and performing cleaning verification
  • Assisting in the development and testing of drug product formulations


Your key responsibilities


  • Implementation of GMP guidelines with respect to production activities according to the current Quality Management system (documentation) and the trainings provided
  • Keeping up to date with GMP Quality Management system aspects applicable to production activities; review ESOPs if needed
  • Adhering to the Good Documentation Practice when using GMP batch record documentation
  • Reporting any issues that might arise during execution of the GMP manufacturing operation.
  • Actively contributing to overall tidiness & cleanliness of clean room facilities in line with procedures


Your profile

  • Bachelor’s Degree in a related scientific field (preferably in pharmaceutical laboratory techniques) or 7th year in secondary school pharmaceutical assistant
  • Stress resistant and a “can-do” mentality
  • Accurate & precise working style
  • Flexible to switch between GMP and R&D, attention to detail, ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Experience with analytical techniques such as UV-spectrophotometry, particle size measurement, osmolality and viscosity is desirable
  • Ability to learn new techniques, perform multiple tasks simultaneously, keep accurate records and follow instructions
  • Ability to follow procedures reliably and consistently and ability to recognize and escalate relevant issues as appropriate
  • Good command of the English language


We offer

  • An attractive remuneration package with extra-legal benefits such as meal vouchers and group/hospitalization insurance and a bonus system
  • Ability to grow your skills in a rapidly growing company with international customer portfolio
  • A dynamic working environment


If interested, please contact us and send us your cv and motivation letter via our website or email at

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