Principal Scientist

Bend, Oregon /
Process and Product Development – Drug Product Development /
Full-time Exempt
Serán is searching for a Principal Scientist / Engineer to lead a team in Dosage Form Development. The role requires a combination of technical expertise and managerial / leadership skills to allow the team to collectively deliver high quality results on client projects. In addition to oversight of client-facing deliverables, the successful candidate will develop processes and training to improve transfer of process and formulation information into the GMP manufacturing environment.

The Principal Scientist / Engineer will also have the opportunity to expand and improve the technical capabilities, work streams, and capacity of the dosage form offering of the rapidly growing company. Importantly, the candidate will be expected to strategically balance improvements between development, clinical, and commercial manufacturing areas. A strong knowledge of the industry combined with a passion for collaboration will be required for this endeavor.

Supervisory Responsibility

    • May oversee the daily workflow of the department
    • May provide constructive and timely performance evaluations
    • May coordinate the work of other team members
    • May provide technical guidance and direction
    • May provide mentorship 
    • May have direct reports 

Duties and Responsibilities

    • Independently develops experimental protocols and templates based on project need
    • Identifies and develops new technologies
    • Independently summarizes, reports, and analyzes data to draw conclusions and proposes next steps
    • Identifies out of trend data, forms hypothesis and investigates
    • Evaluates data and draws conclusions across data sets/projects
    • Independently interfaces with client, project management & operations to manage timelines and workplans and to effectively communicate technical information
    • Acts as the technical point of contact for external partners
    • Independently leads projects, and may act as SME to provide support and guidance for other projects
    • Independently authors technical reports and presentations
    • Independently defines problem statements and develops and manages workplans
    • Contributes to developing and executing cross-functional program and product development strategy
    • Mentors or manages
    • Other duties as assigned

Required Skills and Abilities

    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
    • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
    • Excellent time management skills with a proven ability to meet deadlines
    • Excellent leadership and collaboration skills
    • Demonstrated ability to collaborate and work in cross-functional teams
    • Ability to function well in a high-paced and at times stressful environment
    • Scientific curiosity and willingness to learn
    • Demonstrated experience in technical focus area (formulation sciences, analytical sciences, process engineering, drug product development)
    • Demonstrated experience with advanced laboratory and data analysis skills
    • Demonstrated understanding of pharmaceutical process and/or product development
    • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
    • Ability to prioritize tasks and to delegate them when appropriate

Education and Experience

    • B.S. in Science or Engineering discipline with 10+ years experience
    • M.S. in Science or Engineering discipline with 8+ years experience
    • PhD in Science or Engineering discipline with 3+ years experience

Physical Requirements

    • Prolonged periods of sitting at a desk and working on a computer
    • Must be able to lift up to 25 pounds regularly and up to 50 pounds occasionally
    • Motor skills required for basic laboratory operations (pouring liquids, using utensils to transfer powders, visual assessments)