Sr Scientist / Associate Principal Scientist - Late Stage Formulation Sciences

Do you have a passion for Science? Would you like to apply your expertise to impact a company that follows the science and turns ideas into life changing medicines? Then AstraZeneca might be the one for you!

At AstraZeneca, we put patients first and strive to meet their unmet needs worldwide. Working here means being entrepreneurial, thinking big and working together to make the impossible a reality. If you are swift to action, confident to lead, willing to collaborate, and curious about what science can do, then you're our kind of person.

About AstraZeneca in Gaithersburg, MD:

Our Gaithersburg, Maryland facility creates life-changing medicines for people around the world. This campus employs more than 3,500 experts in our field and is only a short drive from Washington, DC. This modern and vibrant scientific campus is the home of R&D and Oncology in the US. Here, we play host to some of the most cutting-edge technology and lab spaces, all designed to inspire collaboration and cross-functional science. We believe employees benefit from being challenged and inspired at work. We are dedicated to creating a culture of inclusion and collaboration.

The Gaithersburg site offers a variety of amenities to help boost productivity and help keep our employees happy and healthy. This includes a fitness center, employee healthcare clinic, electric vehicle charging stations, dry cleaning, full-service cafeteria and copy center. This is where you'll find newly-designed, activity-based work spaces to suit a variety of working styles while increasing collaboration between teams.

Summary of the group:

As a part of Biopharmaceutical Development, the Late-Stage Formulation Sciences group, within the department of Dosage Form Design and Development, is on a mission to develop extraordinary products through excellent science, nimble execution, and compassion for patients and those who touch our products. We develop and characterize intended commercial formulations and finished dosage forms to deliver high quality biologics to the market for patients. We develop robust formulations, Drug Products, and product control strategies to ensure approval of marketing applications for product commercialization and launch.

Main Duties & Responsibilities:
  • Provide scientific and matrix leadership for late-stage formulation development of biologics
  • Responsible for project decisions and deliverables, scientific and organizational objectives.
  • Lead development of intended commercial formulations and drug products to advance late-stage portfolio, and life cycle management of commercialized products.
  • Author and review marketing applications and support regulatory responses to approval.
  • Coordinate with stakeholders to ensure seamless end-to-end product development, and drive scientific initiatives and innovation through personal leadership.
  • Design and implement scientific and business strategies integrated across biopharmaceutical development.

Education & Experience Requirements:

Senior Scientist - BS in chemistry, biochemistry, pharmaceutical sciences, engineering, applied sciences, or related field with 10+ years of experience, MS with 8+ years, or PhD with 0+ years.

Associate Principal Scientist - BS in chemistry, biochemistry, pharmaceutical sciences, engineering, applied sciences, or related field with 15+ years of experience, MS with 13+ years, or PhD with 7+ years.

Required Skills:
  • In-depth knowledge of formulation and biopharmaceutical development, protein biochemistry, protein degradation mechanisms and analytical testing strategies is required.
  • Direct experience with CMC, formulation characterization, control strategy, in-use compatibility
  • Demonstrates strong scientific knowledge and thinking to navigate project and the business forward.
  • Effectively and efficiently explains and presents complex scientific concepts to diverse audiences.
  • Develops creative solutions to complex problems demonstrating scientific and business knowledge, but likewise proficient at anticipating and heading off potential issues.
  • Excels at making good decisions and priority setting.

Desired Skills:
  • Knowledge of biopharmaceutical manufacturing processes, combination drug products, CMC regulatory guidance, quality risk management and IND and marketing applications is a plus.
  • Knowledge of the development and commercialization of antibody-drug conjugates and/or novel biologic modalities is a definite plus.
  • Experience with study design (Design of Experiment) and statistical data analysis, model building, robustness optimization and data simulation using JMP or Minitab software is highly desired.

Why AstraZeneca

At AstraZeneca when we see an opportunity for change, we seize it and make it happen, because any opportunity no matter how small, can be the start of something big. Delivering life-changing medicines is about being entrepreneurial - finding those moments and recognising their potential. Join us on our journey of building a new kind of organisation to reset expectations of what a bio-pharmaceutical company can be. This means we're opening new ways to work, pioneering cutting edge methods and bringing unexpected teams together. Interested? Come and join our journey.

So, what's next

Are you ready to bring new ideas and fresh thinking to the table? Brilliant! We have one seat available and we hope it's yours.

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AstraZeneca embraces diversity and equality of opportunity. We are committed to building an inclusive and diverse team representing all backgrounds, with as wide a range of perspectives as possible, and harnessing industry-leading skills. We believe that the more inclusive we are, the better our work will be. We welcome and consider applications to join our team from all qualified candidates, regardless of their characteristics. We comply with all applicable laws and regulations on non-discrimination in employment (and recruitment), as well as work authorisation and employment eligibility verification requirements.

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