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.What You Will Achieve
As a Principal Scientist in the Pharm Sciences Small Molecule (PSSM) Innovative Flex Team, you will play an important role during all phases of pharmaceutical development. This colleague will take an active role by leading the analytical development strategies and performing lab work to help advance our pipeline. You will work with cross-functional development teams globally (US, UK, and India) and apply a variety of methodologies to support physical and chemical characterization of drug products.
This is for an Analytical Development Principal Scientist role in the PSSM (PharmSci Small Molecule) group within Pfizer at the Lake Forest, IL site supporting either (or both) oral dosage and parenteral dosage formulations. They independently perform all analytical assignments with minimal to no instruction and can troubleshoot most analytical methods and instrumentation. They also routinely design complex experiments that lead to a fundamental understanding of pharmaceutical stability characteristics as a function of the designated drug delivery system and makes routine use of scientific literature. The role also requires a strong understanding of GLP and GMP concepts and has good understanding of the disciplines beyond chemistry and pharmaceutics that play into drug development, including IP protection, regulatory strategy, process technology, digital advancements, etc.How You Will Achieve It
- Applies expert knowledge of multiple analytical techniques and instrumentation to independently plan analytical/process development experiments and activities to meet established project goals and timelines.
- Leads/participates in key initiatives to enhance digital capabilities within the drug development process.
- Independently develops analytical methods or techniques.
- Independently performs method qualification, verification and/or validation activities.
- Independently producing protocols and reports for analytical method development, stability or formulation/process development reports, and raw material/control/procedural monographs as required.
- Routinely designs complex experiments that lead to a fundamental understanding of drug's stability characteristics as a function of the designated drug delivery system.
- Serves as SME and represents the department at internal and external meetings; Interacts with peers outside of the department in a multi-faceted team approach to drug development.
- Educates and trains other group members on using and troubleshooting all analytical methods and instrumentation.
- Mentors, coaches, guides, and develops junior scientists.
- Makes routine use of scientific literature. Has a good understanding of the disciplines beyond chemistry and pharmaceutics that also play into drug development including IP protection, regulatory strategy, process technology, etc.
- Directly or through others, leads and supports analytical for complex drug product projects from concept up to commercialization.
- Leads and supports method transfers to internal and external testing labs.
- Works directly with parties beyond department, including but not limited to 3rd party analytical labs, CMOs, and involvement with other divisions of Pfizer.
- PhD in Chemistry, Biochemistry, Pharmaceutics, Chemical Engineering or related field and at least 4 years of analytical development experience (HPLC, UHPLC, GC, Mass Spectrometry, KF, Dissolution, wet chemistry, etc.) supporting pharmaceutical development of parenteral and/or oral dosage drug products
- M.S. in Pharmaceutics, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering or related field and at least 9 years of analytical development experience (HPLC, UHPLC, GC, Mass Spectrometry, KF, Dissolution, wet chemistry, etc.) supporting pharmaceutical development of parenteral and/or oral dosage drug products
- BS in Pharmaceutics, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering or related field and at least 12 years of analytical development experience (HPLC, UHPLC, GC, Mass Spectrometry, KF, Dissolution, wet chemistry, etc.) to support pharmaceutical development of parenteral and/or oral dosage drug products
- Written and oral communication skills and the use of MS Office (Word, Excel) are required.
- High proficiency in advanced digital tools and technology.
- Experience in coaching or developing junior scientists
- Experience leading small projects
- Ability to collaborate
- Able to thrive in a dynamic, ever-changing environment
- cGMP laboratory experience is highly preferred
- Advanced analytical experience (GC-MS, LC-MS, etc.) is highly desirable.
Non-Standard Work Schedule, Travel or Environmental Requirements
- This position involves frequent work within an analytical testing lab, in the presence of chemicals, with appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Occasional work within a potent compound analytical laboratory - using isolator or other safety technology.
Expected travel 5 -10% Additional Posting Information
- Eligible for Employee Referral Bonus
- Eligible for Relocation Support
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