Senior Scientist, Drug Product Design

Cambridge, Massachusetts
July 20 2021
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type
Job Type
Senior Scientist
Why Patients Need You

Pfizer's purpose is to deliver breakthroughs that change patients' lives. Research and Development is at the heart of fulfilling Pfizer's purpose as we work to translate advanced science and technologies into the therapies and vaccines that matter most. Whether you are in the discovery sciences, ensuring drug safety and efficacy or supporting clinical trials, you will apply cutting edge design and process development capabilities to accelerate and bring the best in class medicines to patients around the world.

What You Will Achieve

As a Senior Scientist with Drug Product Design you will have the opportunity to influence the early candidate substrate from a physical chemical, drug delivery and bioperformance perspective through close collaboration with partners on the Discovery project teams and in Pharmaceutical Science.

This colleague will act as a resident pharmaceutical science subject matter expert to inform, educate and influence Discovery teams in finding NCEs with desirable drug delivery and performance properties. This will include assessment of in silico, in vitro and in vivo data as well as design of stage appropriate formulations for preclinical studies. An awareness of later stage development needs as well as an understanding of the disease state and biology will help to enable the definition of the required design elements.

How You Will Achieve It

  • Closely collaborate with Drug Discovery partners to evaluate molecular attributes relevant to drug delivery and influence team strategies

  • Design and develop fit for purpose preclinical formulations (traditional and enabling) to enable robust candidate selection and progression

  • Assess and clearly communicate drug delivery and performance risks (using in silico, in vitro and in vivo data as well as sound scientific principles)

  • Maintain an awareness of and contribute to scientific literature; actively apply new concepts as appropriate

  • Conduct novel research and present significant findings via internal and external presentations or publications


Must Have

  • M.S. with 6+ years of relevant experience or PhD in Pharmaceutics, Chemistry, Medicinal Chemistry, Physical Chemistry or Biophysics

  • Demonstrated understanding of computational chemistry tools to predict physical properties and experience in the translation of molecular properties to predict bioperformance.

  • Prior experience modeling of oral absorption phenomena and the interpretation of in vitro/in vivo ADME data.

  • Experience with the design of typical formulation approaches and routes of administration across multiple species.

  • demonstrated organizational, interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills.

  • Prior application of fundamental principles to solve complex problems.

  • Scientific curiosity for new technology initiatives.


Candidates must have the ability to perform laboratory work.


Intermittent travel to Groton, Connecticut will be necessary

  • Eligible for Relocation Package
  • Eligible for Employee Referral Bonus

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EEO & Employment Eligibility

Pfizer is committed to equal opportunity in the terms and conditions of employment for all employees and job applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, gender identity or gender expression, national origin, disability or veteran status. Pfizer also complies with all applicable national, state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment as well as work authorization and employment eligibility verification requirements of the Immigration and Nationality Act and IRCA. Pfizer is an E-Verify employer.

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