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Sr Associate Scientist Formulation

Lake Forest, Illinois
Closing date
Oct 10, 2022

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Physical Sciences, Chemistry
Position Type
Full Time
Job Type
Staff Scientist
Organization Type
All Industry, Pharma
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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

At Pfizer we deliver b reakthroughs t hat c hange p atients ' l ives. In this role, you'll be joining a team which plays a vital role in this mission by using science and technology to design, characterize and develop the dosage form of active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) and drug product formulations to enable the drug discovery process. You will be able to leverage your existing scientific knowledge, as well as develop in new areas, to assess the chemical & physical stability and bio - performance of the potential new drugs for Pfizer's therapeutic areas.

As a Senior Associate scientist, you will be at the center of our operations and you'll find that everything we do, every day, is in line with an unwavering commitment to quality. Your significant experience of applying knowledge of principles, concepts, and practices of the discipline will make you a critical member of the team. Your skill and knowledge will help in making decisions that require choosing among limited options. You are proactive in contributing to all team discussionsand creating an environment of collaboration.

It is your hard work and dedication that will make Pfizer ready to achieve new milestones and help patients across the globe.

How You Will Achieve It
  • Apply technical skills to projects/assignments within own work group/ project team.
  • A ssist to define and implement screening and characterization strategies to provide dosage form and formulation risk assessments of potential drug candidates.
  • Conduct physical and chemical characterization of small molecules of pharmaceutical relevance.
  • Creatively plunge into scientific problems and seek to solve using contemporary experimental techniques as well demonstrating willingness to challenge status quo.
  • Participate on multidisciplinary project teams and collaborate with colleagues to define and implement formulation design and seek to improve modified release opportunities.
  • Author, Review and /or Approve development documentation such as scientific reports, memos, protocols, change control documents, risk analyses, etc.
  • Effectively communicate experimental observations and results both verbally and written format as well as occasional presentations.
  • Record experimental details and data into an electronic laboratory notebook.
  • Review the laboratory experiments and other written records of fellow scientists.


  • Bachelor's Degree (BA/BS) and 3+ years of experience .
  • Good organizational skills .
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Proficiency in general computer software such as word processing, spreadsheets, presentations.

  • Experience developing pharmaceutical dosage forms including solid orals, topicals, sterile solutions, etc with a track record of scientific prowess
  • Knowledge of current US and global Regulations, FDA and ICH guidance, ISO standards for syringes/injectors and quality system regulations (Part 4) for combination products .


Role will require extensive laboratory or pilot plant work with extensive hands-on use of chemicals. Use of appropriate personal protective equipment is required. Occasional work with potent compounds and their engineering/safety controls will be necessary.


  • Must be able to participate in occasional video/teleconferences outside of normal work hours in support of global projects and initiatives and PharmSci groups based in other global regions
  • Minimal Domestic and International travel may be required typically

Relocation support available

Work Location Assignment:On Premise

Relocation assistance may be available based on business needs and/or eligibility.

Pfizer requires all U.S. new hires to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 prior to the first date of employment. As required by applicable law, Pfizer will consider requests for Reasonable Accommodations.

Sunshine Act

Pfizer reports payments and other transfers of value to health care providers as required by federal and state transparency laws and implementing regulations. These laws and regulations require Pfizer to provide government agencies with information such as a health care provider's name, address and the type of payments or other value received, generally for public disclosure. Subject to further legal review and statutory or regulatory clarification, which Pfizer intends to pursue, reimbursement of recruiting expenses for licensed physicians may constitute a reportable transfer of value under the federal transparency law commonly known as the Sunshine Act. Therefore, if you are a licensed physician who incurs recruiting expenses as a result of interviewing with Pfizer that we pay or reimburse, your name, address and the amount of payments made currently will be reported to the government. If you have questions regarding this matter, please do not hesitate to contact your Talent Acquisition representative.

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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