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Senior Scientist - Formulation Engineer

Location Gothenburg, Västra Götaland County, Sweden Job ID R-143108 Date posted 11/07/2022

Do you have an interest in the area of pharmaceutical technology and want to drive drug development projects forward? Would you like to apply your expertise to make an impact in a company that follows the science and turns ideas into life changing medicines? Then AstraZeneca might be the one for you!

AstraZeneca is a global, innovation-driven BioPharmaceutical business that focuses on the discovery, development and commercialisation of prescription medicines for some of the world’s most serious disease. But we’re more than one of the world’s leading pharmaceutical companies. At AstraZeneca we’re dedicated to being a Great Place to Work. Where you are empowered to push the boundaries of science and unleash your entrepreneurial spirit.

Pharmaceutical Technology and Development (PT&D) apply science and technology that turns concepts into actual medicines which help millions of people. We work across the entire value chain, designing and delivering active ingredients, formulations and devices required to support new medicines – from supplies for use in toxicology studies and clinical trials to developing the technology to ensure drugs can be scaled up for commercial manufacture.

We are now looking to hire a Formulation Engineer (Senior Scientist), to strengthen our team in Gothenburg, Sweden. This is an outstanding opportunity for an enthusiastic, innovative and motivated Formulation Engineer who aims to be part of an efficient OralProduct Development (OPD) team!


In OPD, a division of Pharmaceutical Technology & Development , we focus on the design and development of commercial products and processes and contribute to new product introductions and continuous improvement of launched products. Products in scope are e.g. immediate and controlled release solid oral dosage forms of small molecules for diverse therapeutic areas. To meet the future needs of our portfolio the introduction of new technology and science is an important factor, and the use of modelling and simulation tools is a part of our daily work.

What you’ll do

We are looking for a lab based senior scientist that can balance formulation development and process engineering with a passion for application of digital tools. In this role you will work closely with a team of colleagues in a multi-skilled environment to design, develop and deliver high quality clinical and commercial formulations and processes.  You can expect to contribute to programs of laboratory and pilot scale experiments and technical knowledge transfer to commercial manufacture through a combination of hands-on experimental work and using modelling and simulation approaches.

  • Work hands-on to generate data as well as work collaboratively with other experimentalists with different backgrounds to identify/use/drive digital applications to strategically direct experimentation.

  • Be part of cross-functional teams delivering drug projects, including contributions to regulatory documentation and submissions, applying your understanding of drug development and relevant requirements from medical authorities.

  • Take part in tech transfer of manufacturing methods to other sites (within and/or outside AZ) and give consultation to internal and external parties

  • Be a key player to drive and further develop the digital transformation within OPD.

  • Establish strong working relationships with the Modelling & Simulation team members and with other colleagues in Product Development to enable an impact-driven application of modelling and simulation tools.

  • Manage your own work to achieve drug development and improvement project targets, in a timely fashion and to agreed quality standards, by applying technical knowledge and expertise as well as interpreting results and adapting investigations as appropriate.

  • Participate in scientific and/or technology networks to increase base-line knowledge and create awareness of new developments in relevant areas

Essential for the role

  • Highly likely to be a PhD or an experienced MSc in chemical engineering, pharmacy or similar discipline

  • A rational approach to problem solving, and an ability to make judgements based on sound reasoning.

  • Ability to proactively apply modelling and simulation to deliver value in development and manufacturing of pharmaceutical drug products.

  • Strong collaborative and communication skills

  • Excellent English, both written and spoken.

  • Operates confidently and collaboratively within a global organisation, with an integrating mind-set

Desirable for the role

  • Experience of pharmaceutical products and process equipment and technology, including product design and methods for experimental characterization and a track record of using multi-variate analysis and chemometrics.

  • Having a knowledge of operational requirements including GMP, Process Safety, Data integrity and Change Control.

  • Experience of continuous processing in a pharmaceutical environment.

  • Experience of applying modelling and simulation tools

Why AstraZeneca?

There’s no better place to make a difference to medicine, patients and society. An inclusive culture that champions diversity and collaboration. Always committed to lifelong learning, growth and development.

Our stunning campus in Gothenburg is one of AstraZeneca’s three strategic science centers. The site is home to over 2,500 employees, from 50 different nationalities. Gothenburg includes the complete range of functions, and as such offers plenty of development opportunities for a wide range of professionals. Our science teams in Gothenburg collaborate with academic and industry partners in Sweden and globally. And the site itself has been designed with collaboration in mind. From the Coffee Lab to exercise areas, we’ve built a series of environments where innovation can happen.


So, what’s next?
Are you already imagining yourself joining our team? Good, because we can’t wait to hear from you. We welcome your application, including CV and cover letter, no later than August 14, 2022.

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