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Senior Associate Scientist, Formulation and Process Design

Lake Forest, Illinois
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Dec 4, 2022

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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 solid 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

  • Conduct time-sensitive studies to support the design and development of clinical/commercial formulations and processes to ascertain solutions to technical challenges.
  • Independently and proactively consult industry/academic literature and inline/crossline subject matter experts to inform experimental strategy and experimental design.
  • Use written and verbal communication to effectively convey experimental designs, justifications, and results to inline and crossline audiences.
  • Author development protocols, technical reports, and contribute to Regulatory submissions as appropriate
  • Practice effective multitasking through prioritization. Judiciously resolve urgent, important needs while demonstrating advanced planning for important, non-urgent needs.
  • Thoroughly and contemporaneously record experimental details and data into an electronic laboratory notebook.
  • Review the laboratory experiments and other written records of fellow scientists.
  • Read, understand, and follow standard operating procedures, best-practice guidance, corporate policies, and applicable government regulations.
  • Ensure safe working practices are followed and maintained both in own and others' work.
  • Continuously develop and maintain in-depth comprehension of scientific principles, technologies, techniques, and Regulatory environment associated with the development of pharmaceutical dosage forms.



  • Bachelor's Degree in Pharmaceutics, Chemistry, Chemical or Pharmaceutical Engineering related disciplines with 3-4 years of relevant experience.
  • Master's Degree in Pharmaceutics, Chemistry, Chemical or Pharmaceutical Engineering with 0- 2 years of relevant experience.


  • E xperience building predictive multivariate models using process analytical technologies.
  • Working knowledge of solid-state analytical techniques for characterization of API and excipients
  • Experience building predictive multivariate models using process analytical technologies.
  • Working knowledge of solid-state analytical techniques for characterization of API and excipients.
  • 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.


  • T his is a lab-based role that may require significant periods of time away from a desk .
  • While performing the duties for this job, the employee is regularly required to stand and use hands to reach, handle, and feel. The employee is occasionally required to walk or sit, balance, stoop, kneel, or crouch. The employee must regularly move up to 10 pounds and frequently lift or move up to 25 pounds. Reasonable accommodation may be made.
  • Em ployees w ill be required to wear appropriate personal protective equipment for specific job duties to be performed. Such equipment may include lab coats, safety eyewear, various types of gloves, and/or respirators.


  • The position may require travel to project work, meetings and support clinical, registration and validation campaigns at manufacturing sites globally.
  • Relocation support available.
  • Work Location Assignment:On Premise colleagues work in a Pfizer site because it's needed to get their job done. They may have flexibility to work remotely from time to time, but they are primarily on-site.

Other Job Details:

  • Last Date to Apply for Job: December 2, 2022.


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.

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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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