Engineer 2 - R&D

Research & Development San Diego, CA


About Pacira

Pacira BioSciences, Inc. is a leading provider of non-opioid pain management and regenerative health solutions dedicated to improving outcomes for health care practitioners and their patients. Our in-depth knowledge of non-opioid pain management, coupled with our passion for advancing patient care, drives our commitment to providing solutions that address unmet medical needs and improve clinical results.

Why work with us?

Rarely do you have an opportunity to do work that really matters. What drives us is our mission. What makes us successful are our people.  At Pacira, you are part of an inclusive culture that fosters collaboration, growth, and innovative thinking - a place where you can make an impact and help change the standard of care in non-opioid pain management. Be part of our movement, let’s pursue excellence together.

The purpose of this position is to become a subject matter expert in Pacira proprietary manufacturing technology and aid in technical support to commercial production of Pacira’s products. The successful candidate will aid in experiments and data collection to increase product and process understanding and evaluate improvements as necessary. The position will support both drug and device development activities.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Participate in trouble-shooting problems that come up during all stages of process development, including commercial manufacture.
  • Help evaluate new process analytical technologies and perform in-process lab analysis (uv-hplc, particle size distribution) for existing products.
  • Help design (using design of experiments principles), perform, and analyze experiments for process robustness and optimization studies.
  • Work in laboratory and commercial manufacturing settings.
  • Perform detailed documentation of experiments in lab notebooks, maintain data summaries, and summarize projects in technical reports.
  • Maintain high level of technical knowledge in areas of responsibility.
  • Comply with cGMPs where appropriate.


  • Work closely with analytical development and clinical manufacturing teams.

Education and Experience:

  • BS in Chemical Engineering or Equivalent
  • 3-6 years of pharmaceutical and/or R&D experience (experience in device development a plus)

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Ability to manage multiple responsibilities with a high degree of self-motivation.
  • Experience with device development and manufacture is desirable
  • Previous experience with wet chemistry and chemical analysis (HPLC, ELSD, PSD, pH)
  • Hands on lab, pilot plant, or commercial production experience.
  • Knowledge of process equipment and chemistry is preferred.
  • Ability to work both independently and in cross functional teams.
  • Demonstrated computer efficiency (e.g., word processing, spreadsheets).
  • Good observation skills and problem solving ability.
  • Effective oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills.  

EEO Statement

Pacira is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against applicants because of race, color, religion, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation, and pregnancy), national origin, age (40 or older), veteran status, disability or genetic information, or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal, state, or local law.

At Pacira we are committed to intentionally cultivating a culture of inclusion where all feel welcomed and valued for their background, perspectives, and experiences. We hold one another accountable to promote trust and transparency in support of our communities and collective purpose.