Sr Scientist / Principal Scientist - Formulation R&D (Solid / Liquid Oral Dosage Formulation experience required)

Research and Development/Analytical and Formulary Allegan, Michigan


The experienced Sr.Scientist / Principal Scientist in this role will lead formulation/process development and commercialization activities (as either an individual contributor or technical leader of junior level scientists) for a variety of dosage forms (solid, liquid, semisolid, ophthalmic) using QbD principles.  See below for a summary of other key responsibilities and requirements.

NOTE:  Candidates must have hands-on, applied work experience with solid oral dosage forms to receive consideration for this role.  


Other Key Responsibilities will include: 

  • Interfacing with Analytical Research & Development scientists, Technical Operations, RA, QA to facilitate “First-to-File” and “First-to-Market” corporate goals.
  • Lead the manufacture of Pivotal/Registration lots for new products in the Product/Process Development Pilot Plant and Manufacturing facilities. May supervise and mentor team of junior level scientists and technicians in the design and execution of product development activities.
  • Design and perform quality scientific experimentation to develop robust processes in support of Formulation / Process Development activities.
  • Contribute to the development of new experimental approaches. Analyze and defend scientific results from experiments.
  • Generate accurate, reliable data by following established procedures and practices to support product development. Record, tabulate, summarize, interpret, report and publish results. Prepare Master Batch Records for Experimental, Pilot/Pivotal, scale-up and process validation batches.
  • Maintain scientific currency. Acts as internal/external Subject Matter Expert (SME) for drug product and process related technical issues and provides technical support to Technical Operations, Manufacturing, Quality and to third party contractors.
  • Perform effective problems solving, resolution, and implementation of process improvements in designated day-to-day operations and participate in large scope product/process development and improvement projects.
  • Communicates effectively to project manager and the wider development team and presents data at team meetings and departmental technical meetings.
  • Leads and/or Collaborates with multidisciplinary teams to resolve complex product development issues and respond to internal and external audits.
  • Ensure compliance with current Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP), Perrigo policies and Quality Systems, and all applicable regulatory agencies.



  • At least one of the following educational and experience requirements must be met in order to qualify:
    • Bachelor’s degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences, Chemical Engineering or closely allied life sciences discipline combined with 5 to 11 years of research experience within the pharmaceutical industry
    • Master’s degree combined with 2 to 9 years of relevant research experience
    • Doctoral degree combined with up to 1 to 7 years of relevant research experience.
  • Knowledge of the principals and practices of pharmaceutical sciences combined with professional experience in developing and testing formulation processes in more than one dosage form or product category.
  • Expert with QbD principles.
  • Expert in writing parts of ANDA submission relevant to the formulation / process development.
  • Sound problem solving skills and good scientific judgment are required.
  • Good communication skills and the ability to work on interdisciplinary teams are required.
  • Hands on small scale equipment and good understanding of large scale conventional pharmaceutical equipment is required.
  • Familiarity with project management methodology is necessary.

key words:

  • Screening, Milling or Micronizing
  • Roller Compaction
  • Low or High Shear Wet Granulation
  • Fluid Bed Granulation or Coating
  • Fluid Bed or Conventional Drying
  • Hot Melt Capsule Filling
  • Tablet or Capsule Pan Coating
  • Low or High Shear Blending
  • Capsule Banding
  • Liquid Dosage forms (solutions, suspensions and emulsions)
  • Topicals (semisolid dosage forms)

We are seeking a diverse applicant pool to ensure the diversity of our team reflects the end consumers we serve through our self-care mission. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer that celebrates our team’s differences. Individuals of all races, ethnicities, nationalities, ancestries, religious creeds, sexual orientations, genders, gender identities and gender expressions, national origins, ages, mental and physical abilities, familial status,’ veterans status’, military status’ and more are encouraged to apply. TOGETHER, we make lives better.