What does a Senior 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.

EducationBachelor's Degree
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Avg. Experience2-4 years

How much does a Senior Formulation Scientist make?

$88,953 /yr
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Senior Formulation Scientist Career Path

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MAA Laboratories
Feb 5, 2021

“Pay rate is not very good”

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”

Process Development Scientist
Sep 13, 2021

“Some really great folks to work with”

Formulation Scientist
Aug 5, 2020

“compensation is much lower for FTC”

Ascent PharmaceuticalsAscent Pharmaceuticals
Formulation Scientist
Jan 23, 2020

“Good for initial career to learn.”

Marrone Bio InnovationsMarrone Bio Innovations
Formulations Science
Feb 13, 2020

“Pay is a little low.”

Life ScientificLife Scientific
Formulation Scientist
Nov 22, 2021

“Great people to work with.”

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Frequently asked questions about the roles and responsibilities of a senior formulation scientist

When working as a senior formulation scientist, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are Hplc, PHD IN Chemistry, Deliverables, Good Time Management, and Report Writing.

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The most common qualifications to become a senior formulation scientist include a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 years of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.