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Myriam Hislen
Myriam Hislen

Myriam Hislen

ANALYTICAL CHEMIST, UPPSALA, SWEDEN 

Being surrounded by talented, supportive and welcoming scientists and people, I have found it easy to adapt to the company culture and values of Recipharm.  

My current assignment is to work with different projects; planning, method development and writing reports, all in close collaboration with the customer. As a Research & Development site, we can be more creative during method development, which makes the work even more fun.  

I enjoy having different projects to work on, it challenges and enriches me.

Since Recipharm is a CDMO, the projects vary a lot, from bioanalysis to stability studies of API in solvents or biological samples, which makes the work very interesting. I have also had the opportunity to act as lab coordinator; the aim of this position is to guarantee a safe and functional work environment; but also as a Project Manager for one of our clients’ projects, supporting the main Project Manager with all questions related to Analytical Chemistry. During my second year the plan is for my current tasks to evolve a bit. I will support the Head of Analysis with customer relations but also acquire new skills in impurity identification using HRMS and protein analysis.  

I have learnt a lot of things as this is my first job after my studies. I learnt about the pharmaceutical language, the process and clinical phases, management, etc.  I also learnt that this field is very competitive, and deadlines are important to follow. But there is still more to learn, my motto is to always try to learn new things and use those things to progress. I’ve learnt during this past year that I like to take on more responsibilities in the workplace and that I enjoy having different projects to work on, it challenges and enriches me.  

Being surrounded by talented, supportive and welcoming scientists and people, I have found it easy to adapt to the company culture and values of Recipharm. In Sweden most people speak English very well as a second language and it is sometimes easier to switch to English which I improved a bit more while staying here. But with time I picked up a bit of Swedish as well, I can’t say that I’m fluent yet, but I start to understand more and more. I think it is important to learn the language to settle nicely in the country you are living.  

When it comes to differences, I don’t think there is that much cultural differences in the workplace as Sweden and France are typical European countries. What I think is the main difference is that the work-life balance is really important and respected, it is for example no problem to arrange your schedule of the day around a medical appointment or other or other important private commitments.  

The adaptation to Sweden has been very smooth. It was a bit hard at first though, as the people are a bit more reserved, but as Uppsala is a student city and a lot of international people live here, it is quite easy to do activities and meet people. Also the fact that people speak English very well was really helpful, especially at first when you don’t know the language of the country you are moving to, in France it would be a bit more tricky if you don’t know French. 

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