Senior Principal Scientist, Pre-Formulation and Materials Science

La Jolla, California
Closing date
Mar 28, 2023

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The Senior Principal Scientist position is a scientific leadership role within the Molecular Pharmaceutics group in San Diego, California, responsible for early stage compound advancement and drug product strategy of new small molecules with a focus on the Oncology therapeutic area. The selected candidate will be scientifically grounded in fundamentals of pharmaceutical sciences, able to take on responsibilities of an individual contributor role in the advancement of both portfolio and scientific initiatives spaces, and show strong potential for growth into other areas of people and strategic leadership.

  • Strong understanding of the interconnectivity of molecular structure, phys/chem properties, biopharmaceutics, solid form, and formulation design
  • Application of fundamental physical chemistry knowledge in the area of small molecule behavior in solid state/solution/suspension
  • Efficient use of existing advanced modeling and simulation tools for predictive small molecule drug behavior; Advancement of fundamental concepts to improve predictive capabilities
  • Advancement of novel scientific research and both communication and application of findings

  • Collaborate with multi-disciplinary project teams to provide scientific leadership, strategic direction, and experimental support for the drug discovery of new Oncology small molecule candidates
  • Cultivate sustainable and effective relationships with internal partners and stakeholders, i.e., partner lines in PharmSci Small Molecule (PSSM), Clinical Pharmacology (ClinPharm), Drug Safety (DSRD), Oncology Research Unit (ORU), and Pharmacokinetics, Dynamics, and Metabolism (PDM)
  • Leverage existing knowledge, available tools and resources, and emerging science to develop guidance and recommendations on formulation, solid form, and biopharmaceutics aspects of pre-clinical and early clinical development
  • Advance scientific research with focus areas of deeper fundamental understanding and positioning the business for future capability. Present significant findings via internal and external presentations or publications.
  • Utilize scientific expertise to mentor and coach less-experienced colleagues

  • PhD in Pharmaceutics, Physical Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, or closely related discipline with 8-10 years relevant experience in oral absorption and small molecule drug product design, or BS/MS in Pharmaceutics, Physical Chemistry, Chemical Engineering or related discipline with a minimum of 12-15 years relevant pharmaceutics industry experience in small molecule drug product design.
  • Recognized expert in small molecule drug discovery/development with industry experience and a strong record of scientific achievement and project influence.
  • Experience in actively developing and advancing scientific initiatives and external collaborations.
  • A strong interest and motivation to learn and implement new technologies and concepts.
  • Extensive practical experience working within cross-disciplinary project teams and achieving results in a matrix environment.
  • Excellent organizational and communication (oral and written) skills.
  • Ability to work independently, as well as collaboratively.
  • Proven track record of mentoring and coaching junior scientists.

Candidate demonstrates a breadth of diverse leadership experiences and capabilities including: the ability to influence and collaborate with peers, develop and coach others, oversee and guide the work of other colleagues to achieve meaningful outcomes and create business impact.

  • Occasional travel may be required for in-person meetings, conferences, or project support.

Other Job Details:
  • Eligible for Employee Referral Bonus: YES



The annual base salary for this position ranges from $113,900.00 to $189,700.00. In addition, this position offers an annual bonus with a target of 17.5% of the base salary and eligibility to participate in our share based long term incentive program. Benefits offered include a retirement savings plan, paid vacation, holiday and personal days, paid caregiver/parental and medical leave, and health benefits to include medical, prescription drug, dental and vision coverage in accordance with the terms and conditions of the applicable plans. Salary range does not apply to the Tampa, FL location.

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


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