Why Patients Need You
Here at Pfizer, we have a specific purpose – to find breakthroughs that change patients' lives. We are a patient centric company, guided by our four values: courage, joy, equity and excellence. Our breakthrough culture lends itself to our dedication to transforming millions of lives.
Our Pharmaceutical Sciences Department, part of Pfizer Worldwide R&D and Medical in Sandwich, UK, plays a critical role in transforming patients’ lives around the world by providing the process technology and analytical support for the development and manufacture of medicines at all phases of clinical development.
We are seeking scientists with excellent technical skills, who want to learn more and have a desire to shape analytical development strategies for new drug candidates, to join our dynamic and highly talented Analytical Research and Development group in Sandwich.
The successful candidate will support Pfizer’s Pharmaceutical Sciences Small Molecule portfolio and will have:
- A proven track record working in pharmaceutical development with a strong background in physical and organic chemistry. The ability to integrate a wide range of analytical data in addressing physico-chemical processes in the solid state. Advanced mathematical, statistical, data analysis or data modelling skills. The ability to communicate and work within multiple cross-functional development teams. A good understanding of pharmaceutical stability, and the factors that can affect product shelf life; knowledge of pharmaceutical packaging would be an advantage.
- Produce, collate and interpret analytical data to understand the factors that affect the shelf-life of pharmaceutical products. Effectively collaborate with project team members, including presenting data at project team meetings, critically reviewing experimental data and be actively involved in solving technical challenges that arise during pharmaceutical development. Team interaction is critical, and the colleague must be able to collaborate with and mentor peers as well as effectively interact with leaders as part of a multi-disciplinary team, thriving in a fast-paced environment. Lead the generation of knowledge about product-specific degradation pathways and mechanisms.
- Build collaborations with universities and other science-led organisations to advance applied and fundamental science of product stability May represent the analytical department on global, cross-functional project teams and initiatives. May author internal and external publications and sections of CMC regulatory documentation, e.g. IND, IMPD, CTDs. Provide technical coaching/mentoring to colleagues within project teams and the wider department. Provide presentations, training and advice to others to share learnings and promote increased scientific and technical understanding around the area of pharmaceutical stability. Be a positive advocate for new technology, process improvements and for the application of computational tools and digital design approaches. Maintain written records of experimental work in accordance with GLP/GMP and departmental philosophies.
Honours or Master’s degree in chemistry, Analytical Chemistry, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Chemical Engineering or a related discipline with a high degree classification (e.g. equivalent of U.K. 1st or 2nd class).
PhD degree in Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Chemical Engineering, or a related field, or 5+ years of relevant experience in the pharmaceutical industry, or a closely related industry.
Skills and Experience
- The ability to apply scientific technical skills (such as organic chemistry, physical chemistry, material science or data modelling) to understand the kinetics of long-term changes in product characteristics and performance. A team orientated person with experience in a laboratory environment in the pharmaceutical industry or a closely related industry is highly desirable. Excellent communication skills are essential for this interactive position. Excellent team collaboration and organisational skills are also essential. A rational approach to problem solving with strong attention to detail and a desire to learn and grow their skills is essential. Able to demonstrate a good knowledge of contemporary analytical technologies to support small or large molecule development. High level of practical competence with good laboratory safety awareness is expected. Knowledgeable in the use of diverse computational, modelling and simulation tools would be beneficial.