Senior Scientist

Lake Forest, Illinois
July 22 2021
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type
Job Type
Senior Scientist

Our Pharmaceutical Sciences function supports Pfizer's early to late stage portfolio translating new chemical entities into commercial drug products. Pharmaceutical Sciences is a fully integrated Chemistry, Manufacturing and Controls capability that encompasses state of the art active pharmaceutical ingredient synthesis and drug product design as well as cGMP manufacturing and clinical trials supply chain. Operating within PCOE, the Innovative Parenteral Product Development (IPPD) group utilises expertise in analytical chemistry, materials science, formulation design and process development to deliver innovative new parenteral medicines.

We are seeking an analytical scientist to work in a team environment (under supervision of a team leader) engaged in the design, development, analysis and characterization of innovative parenteral pharmaceutical dosage forms.

You will predominantly be working in IPPD on novel drug product and technology projects.

You will be responsible for experimental design, planning and execution of high quality work, interpretation and reporting of data and communication to enable the design, development, optimisation, scale-up and technology transfer of pharmaceutical dosage forms. Under the mentorship of subject matter experts, your existing knowledge and experience will be enhanced through engagement in a programme of active learning and training tailored to accelerate your contribution to the diverse business of IPPD.

  • To support the IPPD portfolio using a broad range of separation, spectroscopy and detection techniques to deliver analytical methodology capable of operating in development and manufacturing environments.
  • To work closely with analytical experts and project teams providing timely generation of quality data which can be used in regulatory documentation (e.g. new drug applications) and to support product development through all clinical phases.
  • Provides direction to project and technology teams on the most appropriate analytical approach to support project activities, including use of computational predictive tools, modelling software and data visualisation tools.
  • Leverages deep understanding of analytical tools and processes to design, assess and interpret experimental data.
  • Provides exemplary analytical support to projects. Develops methodology for and testing of excipients, packaging components, stability samples, finished bulk and packaged drug products.
  • Independently carries out all aspects of practical work necessary to provide right first time high quality results. Plans and reviews own work schedules with a focus on timely delivery to agreed project milestones.
  • Maintains written records of all experimental work in accordance with GLP/GMP and departmental philosophies.
  • Assists in the maintenance and renewal of laboratory instruments, systems or apparatus, and in the maintenance and continuous improvement of safe and effective working practices.
  • Maintains a contemporary awareness of Global Business Practices, methods, specifications, SOPs, Pharmacopoeial trends, ICH guidelines and regulatory expectations.
  • Supports technical due diligence for potential in-licensing opportunities; determines feasibility of overcoming the technical challenges identified.
  • Prepares and reviews technical documents, including reports and protocols; provides the necessary documentation for regulatory submissions as required and responds to regulatory queries.
  • Provide technical oversight and direction, to junior formulation and analytical scientists
  • Mentor, motivate and inspire other colleagues, assisting in their scientific and personal development to ensure effective colleague engagement in their scientific and personal development to ensure effective colleague engagement.

  • Degree (or equivalent qualification) in Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry, Pharmaceutical Sciences or allied scientific discipline, with post-graduate qualification (e.g. PhD) in a relevant area

  • Degree (or equivalent qualification) in Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry, Pharmaceutical Sciences or allied scientific discipline with significant practical work experience gained in an operational R&D role in pharmaceutical development
  • Good knowledge of fundamental organic chemistry, functional group recognition and compound characterisation with some experience using spectroscopic and chromatographic techniques.
  • Highly literate and numerate with the ability to accurately record observations, facts, data and conclusions during experimental work or GMP investigations. Able to spot potential errors in own work and work of others
  • Theability to use computational predictive tools, modelling software or data visualisation tools.
  • Recognized scientific knowledge base and technical ability in the development and characterization of parenteral products
  • Good lab safety awareness.
  • Effective oral and written communication
  • Able to contribute effectively as a member of multidisciplinary teams

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