New Modality Formulation Senior Scientist and Analytical Chemist
Location: Waltham, Massachusetts
Type: Full Time
Academic / Research
Internal Number: R-133324
New Modality Formulation Senior Scientist and Analytical Chemist – Advanced Drug Delivery:
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 Waltham, MA:
Our Waltham, Massachusetts facility develops life changing small-molecule research in North America, with innovative laboratories at the Gatehouse Park BioHub, just west of the city center. Our BioHub facility supports a bold new R&D initiative, which fosters life science discoveries and the exchange of ideas. 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. With a shuttle bus to and from Alewife station, the location provides you the ability to work in the heart of one of the world's most vibrant research centers.
Our Waltham site offers a variety of amenities to help book productivity and help keep our employees happy and engaged. 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 and the greater research community.
Summary of the group:
Pharmaceutical Sciences is a department within AstraZeneca Biopharmaceuticals R&D with a mission to transform molecules into investigational medicines, meeting the unmet needs of future patients. Advanced Drug Delivery is a department within Pharmaceutical Sciences. Our portfolio of projects spans traditional small molecules, peptides, oligonucleotides to RNA-based therapeutics across AstraZeneca's therapy areas and our mission is to transform diverse modalities into investigational medicines.
Main Duties & Responsibilities:
We are looking for a highly motivated and experienced individual to join the dynamic Advanced Drug Delivery group, supporting the new modality projects in AstraZeneca pipeline. Main responsibilities for this role include:
Developing formulations, analytical methods, and delivery systems with a focus on new modalities (e.g. vaccines, oligonucleotides, RNA, DNA, peptides)
Planning and conducting experiments with minimum supervision; generating, evaluating, and reporting data clearly and reliably; Providing data interpretation and making recommendations to project teams and other stakeholders.
Being actively involved with novel formulation development and innovative technology evaluation.
Performing lipid purification with supercritical fluid chromatography or other appropriate approaches.
Collaborating with other Advanced Drug Delivery teams in Sweden & the UK
Working as a member of cross-functional pharmaceutical science and CMC project teams, in close collaboration with other formulators, analytical chemists, chemists and biologists at AstraZeneca
Presenting data at internal AstraZeneca meetings and occasionally at external meetings
Education & Experience Requirements:
PhD degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences, Analytical Chemistry, Biomedical Engineering or related scientific disciplines with 0-5 years post-graduation experience in a pharmaceutical and/or biotechnology environment.
MS plus 8 years of experience
BS plus 10 years of experience
Demonstrated ability in designing and optimizing lipid and/or polymer nanoparticle based formulations for the delivery of various new modalities
Hands on experience with analytical instruments for the analysis and characterization of formulation as well as drug products (HPLC, LC/MS, DLS, SEC, SFC, SAXS)
Experience working with nucleotide-based therapies
Strong analytical, problem solving skills
Track record of scientific excellence in terms of scientific publications, patents, and/or conference presentations
Excellent oral and written communication skills
Knowledge of novel delivery technologies including but not limited to microspheres, lipid based formulation, nanoparticles for sustained release and/or target delivery
Experience with super-fluid chromatography or other approaches for chemical purification
We are a global, science-led biopharmaceutical business and our innovative medicines are used by millions of patients worldwide. We push the boundaries of science to deliver life-changing medicines. We follow the science. We put patients first. We play to win. We do the right thing. We are entrepreneurial.