Scientific Search and Information Specialist

Idorsia Pharmaceuticals Ltd


Scientific Search and Information Specialist

Scientific Search and Information Specialist


Basel, BS, CH



About Idorsia Pharmaceuticals Ltd

Idorsia Ltd is reaching out for more - We have more ideas, we see more opportunities and we want to help more patients.

In order to achieve this, we want to develop Idorsia into one of Europe's leading biopharmaceutical companies, with a strong scientific core.

Headquartered in Switzerland - a European biotech hub - Idorsia is specialized in the discovery and development of small molecules, to transform the horizon of therapeutic options. Idorsia has a broad portfolio of innovative drugs in the pipeline, an experienced team, a fully-functional research center, and a strong balance sheet - the ideal constellation to bringing R&D efforts to business success.

Idorsia was listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange (ticker symbol: IDIA) in June 2017 and has over 1,100 highly qualified specialists dedicated to realizing our ambitious targets.

We are seeking a customer-oriented, well organized, and experienced scientific search and information specialist with a background in medicine or life science to support users across the company to cope with an increasingly complex wealth of bio-medical and drug-related information. The search specialist uses subject and deep knowledge of bibliographic databases and other information resources to find pertinent literature and information for colleagues and provides support in using available knowledge sources.


Job Responsibilities


  • Provide on-demand expert-level literature and scientific information searches to departments across the company (e.g. Drug Discovery, Clinical Development, Drug Safety, Medical Information, etc.)

  • Translate user's information needs into database searches and create user-friendly output of search results 

  • Support Drug Safety and Regulatory departments with literature searches for periodic and developmental safety update reports, submissions, or answers to queries by authorities

  • Run weekly or monthly literature alerts on topics relevant to the company. Add, review and revise alerts and search strategies as needed

  • Maintain a repository of Idorsia-specific search strategies and building blocks for searches

  • Share knowledge and support users in finding and using relevant information resources

  • Provide first-level training, also with an eye on increasing user's information literacy

  • Serve as expert of controlled vocabularies, thesauri and ontologies in the bio-medical area

  • Eager to master, keep up-to-date with, and appraise new information resources 

  • Serve as vacation backup for document delivery services of the Knowledge Center team

Candidate's Requirements 


  • MSc or higher in a medical or life science discipline 

  • Several years of experience in expert-level literature searching and information retrieval

  • Deep knowledge of databases in the medical and life sciences fields, incl. thesauri / controlled vocabularies

  • Experience with text mining or artificial intelligence is a plus

  • Excellent verbal and written English skills

  • Strong interpersonal and listening skills

  • Ability to work under stress and meet deadlines without compromising quality

  • Ability to pay attention to detail

  • Strong knowledge of MS Office (Excel), bibliographic software (Endnote) as well as good knowledge of a text editor (e.g. Notepad++, incl. regular expressions/GREP) to compare, deduplicate and format (large lists of) search results

  • Self motivated learner while eager to support colleagues


What Idorsia offers


  • Exciting opportunities for development and professional growth within our dynamic organization

  • A collaborative and solution-oriented environment where you can make a difference

  • An innovative and open culture in a truly multicultural environment

  • A competitive salary and generous social benefits


Work Location: Allschwil - Basel Area

Country: Switzerland

Business Area: Knowledge Center

Schedule: Full-time

Job Type: Permanent

Job ID: 3690


At Idorsia, we harness the power of difference, authenticity, and inclusion to achieve business success.

We encourage all potential candidates with diverse backgrounds of race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, and disability to submit their job applications. All applicants will receive consideration.

We are committed to fostering respect, fairness, and equal opportunities for all job applicants and our employees.

Please be informed that if you are selected for this position, your employment will be subject to a pre-employment background screening process, of which you would be informed in greater detail in due course.

Please note Idorsia operates a strictly controlled list of preferred recruitment partners. For those partners who have no valid, signed Master Service Agreement in place with Idorsia, all unsolicited resumes, CVs, anonymous profiles, or any other candidate details submitted through our website or to personal e-mail accounts of employees of Idorsia Pharmaceuticals (including any of its subsidiaries, affiliates, or related companies) are considered the property of Idorsia Pharmaceuticals and are not subject to payment of any form of introduction, placement or referral fees.


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