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Terminology Specialist with substance expertise

UMC is a centre for international service and scientific research in the field of pharmacovigilance. The centre is responsible for managing the WHO Programme for International Drug Monitoring which is a worldwide collaboration of more than 150 countries that share the vision of safer and more effective use of medicines.

Terminology specialist with substance expertise

PharmaRelations is now recruiting a Terminology Specialist with substance expertise to be based at Uppsala Monitoring Centre (UMC) in Uppsala. This is a great chance to use your knowledge in pharmacology and to work with global substance and drug information. You will be joining a non-profit organisation working with global patient safety, and a highly passionate and competent team.

The WHODrug & Terminologies section is responsible for development, maintenance, support and training related to WHODrug Global, the world’s foremost source of standardized Medicinal Product Information which is used by all major pharma companies and regulatory authorities around the world. The section also ensures that drugs and terminologies on reports of suspected adverse effects in the WHO Global database are identifiable and standardized to facilitate analysis of potential medicine safety hazards.

The Terminology specialist will participate in product maintenance and development related to WHODrug Global and related products, as well as support external WHODrug users regarding the WHODrug products and content. This position reports to Manager, WHODrug &Terminologies.

Your new role

Among your tasks will be to;

Validate and classify drug information from various international sources into WHODrug dictionary
Research new substances for addition to the dictionary
Investigate and match substance requests to current dictionary information
Contribute with substance and pharmacology knowledge in improvement projects and ongoing dictionary developments
Research and resolve inquiries related to the dictionary.
Perform coding services for WHO Global database of suspected adverse effects
Participate in staff development activities in support of maintaining and developing job skills

About UMC

Uppsala Monitoring Centre (UMC) advances the science of pharmacovigilance and inspires patient safety initiatives all over the world. As an independent, non-profit foundation, we engage stakeholders who share our vision and collaborate to build a global patient safety culture. As a leader in the research and development of new scientific methods, we explore the benefits and risks of medicines to help minimise harm to patients, and offer products and services used by health authorities and life-science companies worldwide. For almost 40 years, we have provided scientific leadership and operational support to the WHO Programme for International Drug Monitoring.

Who you are?

We believe you are a team-player with a structured approach that have the ability to apply pharmacological knowledge and experience in critical thinking and problem solving. You are interested in working with global drug and substance information, investigating chemical relationships and classifying substances and drug data. You are attracted by working for a non-profit foundation.

What you will need to succeed

We are looking for dedicated and skilful candidates for this position. To be successful you hold a degree in Pharmacy and preferably have experience from working with medicinal chemistry or similar in academia or industry. Knowledge regarding biological drugs and biotechnology would be an advantage. You have the ability to perform multiple tasks, prioritize and pay attention to details. Candidates must be fluent in written and spoken English. Additional language skills and knowledge in herbal medicine may be beneficial. Working visa for EU/Sweden would be an advantage.

This is a great opportunity to work in a collaborative environment, with an inspiring organisation.

Your application

We are looking forward to receiving your application but no later than 15th of October. Apply by clicking on the link below. If you have any questions regarding this position contact Recruitment Consultant Rikard Lundgren at

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