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Formulation Scientist

Surrey   •  £35000 - £40000 per annum  •  Permanent, Full time

A growing pharmaceutical business has an exciting opportunity for a Formulation Scientist to join its team. As a key member of the team, you will support in executing formulation projects, as well as maintaining communication with external partners. You must be able to demonstrate a previous history of working in pharmaceutical formulation, including the development of topical drugs.


  • Support topical drug formulation development from conception to final marketing.
  • Liasion with Contract Research and Manufacturing Organisations
  • Provide research & technical leadership and manage projects in collaboration with external CROs/CMOs.
  • Attend CROs/CMOs and project meetings.
  • Provide project updates in team and core meetings. Provide feedback on laboratory budget needs and lab associates' development requirements.
  • Plan and prioritize monthly tasks.
  • Liaise with analytical scientists to design, implement & execute stability programs in-house.
  • Provide technical training and supervise junior scientists.
  • Scale-up and transfer of formulation technology to CMO
  • Dissemination of research in internal presentations

Essential requirements:

  • BSc in Chemistry or related scientific discipline (PhD would be considered advantageous)
  • Previous experience in the pharmaceutical industry, preferably with topical drug formulations. Experience in the cosmetics or food industry could also be considered.
  • Familiarity with testing of topical drug formulations (in vitro and in vivo models)
  • Proven project management skills and experience in communicating with CROs/CMOs.
  • Knowledge of pharmaceutical development regulatory guidelines and ICH guidelines
  • Familiarity with COSHH regulations
  • Solid experience in writing and maintaining SOPs, scientific reports, etc.
  • Candidate must have the right to work in the UK.


  • Understanding of matters related to intellectual property
  • Understanding of pharmacology related to small molecules and peptides
  • Materials science - rheology, particle sizing, characterization of materials
  • Experience in scale-up, ideally in pharmaceutical formulation
  • Experience in drafting eCTD module 3 sections for regulatory submissions
  • Statistics - medical/ clinical trials, drug stability, QbD and DoE
  • Any experience with surfaces, colloids and coatings

Personal skills:

  • Must be self-motivated, possess good interpersonal skills, and able to independently handle a wide variety of work assignments and meet tight timelines.
  • Candidate will work in a fast-changing environment and needs good judgment and awareness to recognize and solve formulation issues.
  • Strong computer skills - Microsoft Office as a minimum, statistics packages and programming advantageous
  • Good writing, communication, and time-management skills.
  • Team-working and ability to plan and conclude on own working tasks.
  • Proactive mentality and ability to work in a small team environment.

This is a great opportunity for an experienced formulation scientist who is seeking a new challenge to their career and looking forward to working within a growing organization. You will be joining a small and expanding team of formulation and analytical scientists working with regulatory and business development experts.

Company benefits

  • Competitive salary, dependant on skills and experience
  • 25 days annual leave per annum
  • Company pension contributions
  • Free shuttle bus from the local Railway station
  • Season ticket loan available

You must be eligible to work in the UK. Learn more

  • Agency: Cranleigh Scientific
  • Reference: 7059
  • Posted: 3rd September 2021
  • Expires: 1st October 2021

Cranleigh Scientific

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