Formulation and process design formulation scientist

28 Sep 2016
20 Oct 2016
Contract Type
Company description: A career at Pfizer offers opportunity, ownership and impact. All over the world, Pfizer colleagues work together to positively impact health for everyone, everywhere. Our colleagues have the opportunity to grow and develop a career that offers both individual and company success; be part of an ownership culture that values diversity and where all colleagues are energized and engaged; and the ability to impact the health and lives of millions of people. Pfizer, a global leader in the biopharmaceutical industry, is continuously seeking top talent who are inspired by our purpose to innovate to bring therapies to patients that significantly improve their lives. Job description: We are seeking a formulation and process design scientist to work in a team of research and technical staff engaged in the design, development and characterisation of pharmaceutical dosage forms. Your focus will be on generating high quality data for the development of new chemical entities with the ability to plan, prioritise and interpret your own work. You will be involved in predominantly a laboratory based, 'hands-on' role, working in DPD on assigned drug candidate projects under the supervision of a team leader. You will be expected to stay up to date on recent science and technology developments and encouraged to include current thinking in your Design of Experiments (DoE), using the data to support the authoring of regulatory documents and/or publish and present externally. You will be responsible for planning, generating, interpretating and reporting high quality work to support the design, development, optimisation and scale up of solid and liquid dosage forms for clinical and commercial manufacture, and to establish a drug product of appropriate quality for technology transfer to Global Supply Chain (GSC) and Product & Process Development (PPD) / Pfizer Global Supply (PGS) colleagues. Responsibilities Develop and maintain a contemporary in-depth understanding of the science and technology of solid and liquid pharmaceutical dosage forms together with a regulatory awareness, and apply this knowledge to development of assigned drug candidates. Communicate within the DPD team the results of literature searches and other areas of active learning to support project development. Design and undertake high quality scientific experimentation to further the formulation and process development of solid and liquid dosage forms for novel drug candidates or product enhancement projects. Take responsibility for writing up experiments in line with departmental and site guidelines and authoring technical reports. Define processes for manufacture of clinical supplies and commercial drug product based on development and application of advanced process understanding, and provide scientific/technical support to colleagues in Global Supply Chain and Pfizer Global Supply where appropriate. Ensure own work meets agreed project deliverables and stakeholder needs, maintaining quality and reporting findings either verbally or in written format, both within Drug Product Design and the wider Pharmaceutical Sciences project team. Communicate effectively to line managers and the wider development team. Present data at departmental technical governance meetings and/or external publications. Ensure familiarity with all appropriate documentation (SOPs, instruction manuals, risk assessments, etc.) so that all experimental/manufacturing related activities are conducted in accordance with approved safe working practices (ensuring use of PPE where appropriate). Ensure safe working practices are maintained both in own and others work. Education Graduate, HND or equivalent in pharmaceutical or allied sciences i.e. first degree in pharmacy, pharmaceutical technology, chemistry, chemical engineering, life sciences Desirable attributes: Post-graduate qualification (MSc or PhD) in relevant field i.e. formulation, processing and/or characterisation of solid and/or liquid dosage forms Experience Essential attributes: Work experience not essential if obtained post-graduate qualification (PhD). Otherwise a degree of practical work experience in a pharmaceutical setting which may include general laboratory procedures, characterisation techniques, formulation development or manufacturing techniques. General lab safety awareness Desirable attributes: A degree of practical work experience with post-graduate qualification (PhD). Otherwise, significant practical work experience gained in an operational R&D role in pharmaceutical / drug delivery or allied industries e.g. pre-formulation, formulation and/or process development of solid and/or liquid dosage forms. Technical ability Essential attributes: Broad scientific knowledge base and technical ability re: formulation, processing and characterisation of solid and/or liquid dosage forms. Good experimentalist with evidence of general competence in range of laboratory skills/techniques and unit operations in a manufacturing environment relevant to solid and/or liquid pharmaceutical products. Evidence of attention to detail and focus on quality. Ability to learn and apply established procedures in a reliable and consistent manner. Ability to communicate within the team, the outcome of tasks performed in an appropriate oral and/or written format and to share and transfer skills and expertise with others. Evidence of good time management skills i.e. ability to effectively plan, prioritise and organise own work in response to business need. Effective oral and written presentation skills, with proficiency in use of standard word processing, presentation and spreadsheet software packages. Able to contribute as effective member of multidisciplinary team(s), based (mainly) within local discipline and with an operational remit. Desirable attributes: Specialist scientific knowledge base and/or technical ability re: formulation, processing and characterisation of solid and/or liquid dosage forms, with evidence of ability to exercise sound scientific and technical judgement for own work. Evidence of experience in autonomous planning, performing and reporting of own experimental programmes including demonstrated proficiency in background literature searching, interpretation, reporting and application of findings. Creative approach to scientific problem solving for assigned projects in local department functions, with ability to seek opportunities to apply and develop novel methodologies/approaches and establish best practices. Proven track record of applying recent scientific development to Design of Experiments To apply please visit and search for Job ID: 1039616. Required profile: Graduate, HND or equivalent in pharmaceutical or allied sciences i.e. first degree in pharmacy, pharmaceutical technology, chemistry, chemical engineering, life sciences. What we offer: Competitive salary and benefits. This job was originally posted as