Senior Scientist

Bend, Oregon /
Process and Product Development – Formulation Sciences /
Full-time Exempt
/ On-site
Serán is searching for a Senior Scientist to join our Formulation Sciences team! The Senior Scientist will lead projects that solve formulation challenges for novel pharmaceutical compounds. Activities include, but are not limited to, pre-formulation assessments of compound properties, identification of strategic formulation strategies, and screening of enabling technologies (amorphous dispersions, lipids, particle size reduction, etc.) to identify a preferred form and formulation for the drug substance or drug product intermediate. 
The role balances benchtop experimental work with experimental design, data analysis, and meetings with the broader project team. Strong communication and collaboration skills are required to excel in this fast-paced, interdisciplinary team environment. Direct experience in formulation science is not required, but the ideal candidate will be able to apply their strong fundamental background to quickly master core concepts and experimental techniques in a new area. 

Supervisory Responsibility

    • May oversee part of 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 
    • 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 
    • Contributes to laboratory, instrument, and/or equipment maintenance and coordination 
    • Communicates technical information to internal team 
    • Independently communicates technical information to external partners 
    • Independently leads projects 
    • Authors technical reports and presentations with minimal guidance 
    • Develops and manages workplans 
    • 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 
    • 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 or related discipline (formulation sciences, analytical sciences, process engineering, drug product development) 
    • Demonstrated experience with advanced laboratory and data analysis skills  
    • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills 
    • Ability to prioritize tasks and to delegate them when appropriate 

Minimum Education and Experience

    • B.S. in Science or Engineering discipline with 5+ years experience  
    • M.S. in Science or Engineering discipline with 3+ years experience 
    • PhD in Science or Engineering discipline 

Physical Requirements

    • Prolonged periods of sitting at a desk and working on a computer 
    • Motor skills required for basic laboratory operations (pouring liquids, using utensils to transfer powders, visual assessments)