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Lead Formulation Development Scientist

Job Title: Lead Formulation Development Scientist
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Deeside
Salary: £35,000+
Reference: 1804
Contact Name: Matthew Rollinson
Contact Email:
Job Published: June 07, 2017 17:30

Job Description

We are hiring for a formulation scientist to work in pharmaceutical development. Our client is a contract services provider to this industry and is seeking an experienced formulator who can play a part in daily planning, mentoring and leadership. This is a full time, permanent role with a salary of circa £35,000.


What you’ll do

This is a senior but hands-on role that fits into the organogram above a team of formulators, you will oversee and support formulation scientists to achieve their required practical development activities, oversee experimental studies, day to day planning and can commit to deliver agreed project milestones on time.


This role will generate and review (and challenge where necessary) working protocols and feasibility batch manufacturing records prior to implementation. In addition you will review and ensure a right first time approach to practical activities, experimental write up and batch manufacturing records. You will be called upon to educate and guide the formulation team daily.


General responsibilities will include supervising/mentoring teams and training our clients formulation team in practical skills, data analysis and reporting techniques.  Whilst the role may not require the you to perform analytical testing of products, a thorough understanding of analytical techniques used during pre-formulation studies and method development is important.


Your background


You will be educated to degree level or equivalent in pharmaceutical sciences or relevant chemistry related discipline, further postgraduate qualifications would be an advantage.

We do need someone with time served in industry, as a guide from ~3 years’ experience in pharmaceutical formulation development roles is essential. Alternatively, a track record of working in the top 10% not just the top 50% of your peer group is required (i.e. awards from industry, status in industrial societies and outstanding references would add to your application). 

A proven track record in non-sterile dosage form development is a pre-requisite. Expertise in solid dose including powder characterisation and processing techniques including granulation and tablet compression are required. Experience with encapsulation of solid blends, and coating of solid dose forms is desired.

Oral liquid and semi solid development experience in the arena of solubility enhancement, stability optimisation (preservative system selection, rheological assessment) and paediatric delivery are also desired. Experience in the design and scale up of topical or lyophilised products or controlled release products, would be an advantage.

The candidate must demonstrate the ability to plan, execute and deliver practical investigations (from conception to pilot scale) on time against pre-defined protocols.  Able to be dynamic and ‘data driven’ in thought processes to overcome development results which conflict to pre-defined planned work.  The candidate must have the ability to lead and train others in the practical aspects of formulation development, and to lead trouble-shooting activities during the processing of complex formulations.

A thorough knowledge of the principles and execution of GMP and Health and Safety within laboratory/pilot areas is expected.

In conclusion:

  • Knowledge in non-sterile dosage form development including both oral solids and liquid dosage forms.
  • A logical, scientific approach to challenges/development activities.
  • Commercial awareness and understanding of the necessity to deliver projects on time whilst meeting the expectations of a client and business.
  • Flexible and adaptable to the ongoing changes/demands of multiple projects and challenges.  

To apply

Note that on this occasion, LiCa Scientific Ltd is acting as an employment agency. To apply, please email please call 0161 443 4173 or 07798 872 108 with any informal enquiries.