Scientist, Formulation Scientist, Innovative Parenteral Product Development

Lake Forest, Illinois
October 15 2021
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type
Job Type
Staff Scientist

Breakthroughs that change patients' lives... At Pfizer we are apatient centric company, guided by our four values: courage, joy, equity and excellence. Our breakthrough culture lends itself to our dedication to transforming millions of lives.

An essential component of 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 a cGMP manufacturing and clinical trials supply chain. Within the Parenterals Center of Excellence, the Innovative Parenteral Product Development (IPPD) department utilizes expertise in analytical chemistry, materials science, formulation design and process understanding to deliver innovative new parenteral medicines.

We are seeking a formulation 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 involved in a laboratory and pilot plant 'hands-on' role, working in IPPD on assigned drug product and technology projects.

  • Responsibility for planning, generating and delivering high quality scientific experimentation and data to promote the timely progression of parenteral dosage forms for novel drug candidates (which may include formulation design, technology and process development and associated analytical assessment).
  • Meet established project deliverables and stakeholder needs, maintaining quality and reporting findings either verbally or in written format including accurate, timely entries are made in e-laboratory notebook system according to accepted good practice, both within IPPD and the wider Pharmaceutical Sciences project team. With guidance of project team members, evaluate, interpret and report results.
  • Develop and maintain a contemporary in-depth understanding of the science and technology of parenteral pharmaceutical dosage forms together with a regulatory awareness, and apply this knowledge to development of assigned drug candidates. Communicate within the IPPD team the results of literature searches and other areas of active learning to promote project development.
  • Ensure familiarity / compliance with appropriate safety and quality documentation (SOPs, instruction manuals, risk assessments, etc).
  • Under the mentorship of subject matter experts, your existing knowledge will be enhanced through engagement in a program of dynamic learning and training tailored to accelerate your contribution to the diverse business of IPPD in-particular, the design, development, optimization, scale-up and technology transfer of parenteral pharmaceutical dosage forms for manufacture of clinical / commercial drug product, complemented by active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) characterization and solid form design, and understanding of biopharmaceutics.

  • Bachelors degree in pharmaceutical or allied scientific discipline and at least six years of related experience in a pharmaceutical setting which may include general laboratory procedures, drug product characterization techniques, formulation development / manufacturing techniques and ideally experience applied to parenteral dosage forms, OR
  • Masters degree and four years of related experience as described above
  • Proven experimentalist with experience and competence in a wide range of lab technologies and unit operations in a manufacturing environment
  • Proficiency using computational predictive tools, modelling software or data visualization tools.

  • Good lab safety awareness.
  • Comfortable working as part of multi-disciplinary, cross-functional teams
  • A strong desire to develop own technical skill set
  • The ability to extract relevant information from scientific literature


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