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Formulation Scientist

Date: Jan 9, 2019

Location: Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, US, 18017

Company: Lubrizol Corporation


Particle Sciences, A Lubrizol Company is the leading CDMO for complex formulation development for the pharmaceutical industry, with over 20 years of successful experience and a solid base of clients ranging from the world’s largest pharmaceutical and biotech companies to small VC backed start-ups. As a member of the Particle Sciences, Inc. team, you will be working for a company that is engaged in important, exciting, and socially relevant projects. Particle Sciences is a fast-paced environment that features a variety of projects, technical challenges, and opportunities for growth. To learn more about Particle Sciences, A Lubrizol Company, visit and


Particle Sciences, Inc. in Bethlehem, PA has an immediate opening for a Formulation Scientist.


As a member of the Particle Sciences, Inc. team you will be engaged in important, exciting, and socially relevant projects.  The formulation laboratories are a great place to work, and provide a fast-paced environment with a variety of responsibilities, technical challenges, and opportunities.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Include design, formulation and all phases of product development from inception to scale-up
  • The successful candidate will have a strong physiochemical understanding of formulation components and interactions, and experience in physical characterization techniques
  • Experience with complex delivery forms is desired (microparticles for controlled release, engineered particles, encapsulation, nanotechnology)
  • Experience with multiple delivery forms is ideal (semisolids, solids, liquids, suspensions, including sterile and non-sterile)
  • You will be involved in the development of client projects from pre-formulation, formulation development and characterization, production of pre-clinical and clinical trial materials, scale-up, and technology transfer to client companies
  • Responsibilities include the ability to interface with Analytical Services for testing of excipient compatibility, raw material qualification, analysis, and drug substance and product stability
  • You must be comfortable working within a regulated environment following QbD, cGMP and SOP protocols.
  • Experience writing client reports, and developing SOPs, IQ/OQ/PQ protocols, and other regulatory documentation is desirable
  • Documenting in laboratory notebooks and in-house reporting formats without error in a highly regulated cGMP environment.
  • Evaluating/interpreting data and communicating results to management and functional teams
  • Anticipating, recognizing, and resolving or escalating simple and complex technical issues. This is accomplished through knowledge, use of technical resources including technical literature, technical experts and well formulated, logical experimentation
  • Maintaining and troubleshooting equipment as an instrument owner where appropriate


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • The successful candidate should have a minimum of a BS/BA degree in a related discipline or previous relevant experience in drug product formulation.
  • Preferably at least 2 years of related experience in the pharmaceutical industry, or equivalent combination of education and experience with knowledge of current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP)
  • Practical knowledge of cGMPs, GLP, and FDA/ICH guidelines and their application to drug development and release
  • Experience with a broad range of dosage forms such as tablets, capsules, device/implants, suspensions, lyophilized products, and novel formulation types is preferred
  • Proficiency with common PC based applications and specifically in the use of MS Office
  • Knowledge of laboratory safety precautions and protocols for safe handling and the disposal of hazardous agents/reagents, chemicals and materials
  • Good organization, communication and analytical skills
  • Ability to understand and effectively communicate technical and business information, both oral and written to others, including co-workers, supervisors, subordinates, clients, and vendors
  • Intermediate mathematical skills, including: algebraic functions, statistics (mean, median, standard deviation, variance, probability), basic geometry (area, volume calculations), and scientific calculators
  • Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions
  • Ability to work varied and extended hours/days, as business dictates


Particle Sciences’ headquarters is located in Bethlehem, PA, part of the Lehigh Valley region of Pennsylvania. Lehigh Valley includes the cities of Allentown, Bethlehem and Easton. The region is slightly over an hour to both Philadelphia and New York City, which places you right in the action. Buzzing with business, culture, knowledge and entertainment, the Lehigh Valley is a vibrant place for people of all ages and walks of life to live, learn, work and play.  This region offers a little bit of everything for everyone - ethnically-diverse communities, affordable housing, award-winning schools and universities, world-class healthcare, ski resorts, museums, casinos, shopping, restaurants, sports and nightlife. From the yearly Musikfest festival, to skiing in the Poconos, to hiking or biking through the many state parks, you can make it happen right here in the Lehigh Valley.


Lubrizol is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, race, color, national origin, citizenship, age, religion, marital status, military service, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity, or any other characteristic or trait protected by federal, state, or local law.

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