What does a Formulation Scientist do?

Formulation scientists develop and text test mixtures of different compounds to determine necessary components and quantities to produce the desired effect. They create and implement formulation development strategies for products like solid dosage generic drugs and work with the development of generic pharmaceutical formulations. They also manage the product development process, and coordinate with strategic heads for sourcing development, quality assurance in manufacturing, and other teams involved in scheduling and planning.

Formulation scientists plan and conduct scientific experiments to create prototype products; they develop experimental programs and work to achieve their performance objectives. They are responsible for identifying complex problems and offering effective solutions through the development or modification of test methodology. They conduct laboratory experiments and prepare reports with conclusions and recommendations. Formulation scientists need a minimum bachelor's degree in chemistry or related fields.

What responsibilities are common for Formulation Scientist jobs?
  • Responsible for all aspects of formulation and drug product development projects including early and late stages.
  • Serve as a subject matter expert in lyophilization process and formulation design and optimization.
  • Collaborate with various teams to move drug products from preclinical through commercial stages.
  • Carry out duties in compliance with all state and federal regulations and guidelines including FDA, EPA, OSHA and DEA.
  • Comply with the company code of conduct and policies and regulatory standards.
  • Serve as a scientific and technical mentor to junior level scientists.
  • Review and write master batch records with input from supervisor.
  • Work with various functional areas to ensure completion of development and manufacturing activities.
  • Generate, analyze data and results and contribute to the recommendations for next steps based on the data.
  • Design, execute, and analyze experiments for existing and novel modalities.
  • Develop and optimize manufacturing processes and manufacture clinical supplies.
  • Report and present scientific/technical results internally and to external clients.
  • Responsible for the close and effective coordination and tracking of formulation and process development activities under tight program timelines with cross-functional accountability and interdependence.
  • Lead experiments to confirm robust process performance across the control space.
  • Responsible for establishing the basis of formulation and manufacturing process with relevant attributes and specifications as required to achieve the goal.
  • Contribute to internal research and intellectual property projects and initiatives.
  • Provide support for analytical development through the Product development cycle.
What are the typical qualifications for Formulation Scientist jobs?
  • Bachelor's Degree or higher in biological sciences, chemistry, or chemical engineering.
  • Advanced protocol writing experience.
  • Extensive experience with HPLC analysis, stability testing, and parenteral medicine development.
  • Strong experimental design skills.
  • Requires meticulous attention to detail.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Excel.
  • Strong critical thinking and problem solving abilities.
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Avg. Experience2-4 years

How much does a Formulation Scientist make?

Confident
$88,669 /yr
Total Pay
$80,896
 /yr

Base Pay

+
$7,773
 /yr

Additional Pay

$88,669

 / yr
$57K$140K
Most Likely Range
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Formulation Scientist Career Path

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Formulation Scientist

Years of Experience Distribution

0 - 1
21%
2 - 4
70%
5 - 7
3%
8+
6%
Not including years spent in education and/or training

Formulation Scientist Insights

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MAA LaboratoriesMAA Laboratories
Formulation
Feb 5, 2021

“Pay rate is not very good”

RAFARMRAFARM
Formulation Scientist
Jan 22, 2021

“Not good for personal professional development”

IU School of MedicineIU School of Medicine
Process Development Scientist
Jul 28, 2021

“No option to work from home”

Dr. Reddy'sDr. Reddy's
Formulation Scientist
Nov 1, 2022

“training provided will be good”

BayerBayer
Process Development Scientist
Sep 13, 2021

“Some really great folks to work with”

ReckittReckitt
Formulation Scientist
Aug 5, 2020

“compensation is much lower for FTC”

MilliporeSigmaMilliporeSigma
Senior Process Development Scientist
Feb 9, 2022

“Few opportunities for development”

Dr. Reddy'sDr. Reddy's
Formulation Scientist
Jan 26, 2022

“life balance is good”

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