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Senior Formulation Development Scientist Job

MSD Ireland

  • Tipperary
  • Negotiable
  • Permanent full-time
  • Updated 02/01/2013
  • Merck
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Senior Formulation Development Scientist Job


Senior Formulation Development Scientist-PRO010278


MSD is the world's second largest pharmaceutical company and employs 2,300 people at operations across Ireland. At MSD, we work hard to keep the world well.

MSD Ireland (Ballydine) near Clonmel in Co. Tipperary employs 450 people. We supply active pharmaceutical ingredients to Merck & Co. Inc. subsidiaries worldwide, develop late stage clinical API and develop innovative methods for the formulation of new solid oral dosage forms through our Formulation R&D and Manufacturing Facility.

Our new Formulation R&D facility is the first purpose built facility supporting solid dosage commercialisation within the Merck network. Within this facility new drug products processes are developed, scaled up and optimised using cutting edge manufacturing technology to provide product for clinical trials and commercial supply.

A permanent vacancy now exists for a Senior Development Engineer in Process Development and Commercialization (PDC). This group is responsible for pharmaceutical process development of solid oral drug products from Phase IIb through regulatory filings, process validation, and into the first few years of commercial launch.

The successful candidate will be responsible for technical leadership in the introduction and development of new products in our Formulation R&D facility. You will plan, conduct, evaluate and interpret pharmaceutical process development studies, including scale-up, product characterization, design space development, clinical and formal stability batch manufacture, and process validation. Problem-solving skills are essential and knowledge and practice of Quality by Design, including risk-based approaches to development, design of experiments, and process modeling, are an advantage. Proficiency in writing and documentation practices is required to prepare experimental protocols and technical reports in support of product registration efforts.

You will exhibit sound leadership, interpersonal and communication skills to lead multi-functional teams to deliver within the time constraints of the project. You are expected to maintain strong technical capability with a focus on oral solid dosage formulation and maintain knowledge of current internal practices and industry trends. You will contribute to the technical capability of the existing team in our goal to become a centre of excellence in commercialisation along with shaping the future direction of the organisation as a whole.

This is an exciting and challenging opportunity to work on multiple new drug product projects, taking the leading role in product development and scale-up, new product introductions and technology transfers, as well as manufacturing support activities.


Minimum of 8 years relevant experience.

A thorough conceptual and practical expertise in solid oral dosage form, formulation development and processing.

Hands on development and technical skills at both pilot and commercial scale.

Specific expertise in the areas of roller compaction, compression and film coating are a plus.

Proven product development skills from design of the small scale pilot program through to commercialization.

Strong demonstrated people leadership skills with the ability to communicate and work effectively in both cross functional and cross cultural environments.

Proven Project Management skills in a lean manufacturing environment.

Bachelors or postgraduate degree in Chemical or Process Engineering or a Science related discipline.


Job: Process Engineering

Job Title: Senior Specialist

Primary Location: EMEA-IE-Munster-Tipperary

Employee Status: Regular

Number of Openings: 1

External Job Board Posting: Ireland -

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Ref: PRO010278-en_US_1356825682
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