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Senior Research Associate II, Formulation Development

Position Summary:

We seek a highly motivated individual to support and execute formulation development activities while maintaining the highest ethical and technical standards. The candidate will support, execute and document laboratory experimentation, prepare summaries / technical reports, and communicate findings to peers and senior management with minimal guidance. The candidate is expected to assist with the technical transfer process and regularly interface with contract organizations to support development and manufacturing of drug products.


Key Attributes:

  • Intense drive to make progress on impactful research programs.
  • Exceptional organizational skills.
  • Excellent communicator within and outside of technical area of expertise.
  • Strong desire to gain expertise in new fields and learn new skills.


Essential Functions:

  • Apply pharmaceutical principles, theories and techniques to support drug product development for the CMC group and help identify the best possible phase appropriate formulations.
  • Support formulation design for early stage research compounds. 
  • Prepare small scale formulations in the lab to support drug discovery and preclinical studies
  • Design and execute experimental plans for prototype formulation screening.
  • Plan and support stability studies for prototype formulations.
  • Required working knowledge of methods and instrumentation used for characterization and solid state properties evaluation.
  • Plan, design, carry out, and interpret laboratory experiments to support formulation development.
  • Actively participate in the drug formulation design screens and execute experiments in the lab.
  • Actively participate in acquisition of excipients, equipment and their inventory and maintenance.
  • Conduct data analysis, write technical reports and present data.
  • Deliver decision-driving data as member of the Formulations team and other research teams at Achaogen.
  • Work seamlessly with multiple functional groups to efficiently move promising projects through Achaogen’s therapeutic pipeline.
  • Independently coordinate and execute formulation studies to characterize prototype formulations.
  • Develop creative strategies to streamline and optimize workflow of existing methods to advance research programs.
  • Assess and implement new technologies which have the potential to enhance and accelerate internal drug development efforts.



  • Bachelors / Masters Degree in Pharmaceutical Science, Chemical Engineering or related field.
  • Background knowledge and strong technical understanding of pharmaceutical principles in formulation development.



  • One to three years’ hands on experience working in formulation / research lab with solid dosage forms.
  • Experience in drug product formulation design, manufacturing process development.
  • Scale up experience would be a plus.
  • c-GMP familiarity is a plus but not required.
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills.
  • Committed to the values of integrity, accountability, transparency, scientific rigor and drive.
  • Current US work authorization required.
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