Associate Pharmaceutical Scientist

The University of Iowa

Job Reference #: 20002546

The position will report to the Director of Preformulation and Formulation Development and provide support by conducting experiments, investigations, or evaluations. Collect and analyze data and preform operational duties associated with laboratory or theoretical investigations in preformulation/formulation development for University of Iowa Pharmaceuticals. Qualified candidates may be eligible for an adjunct teaching appointment within the College of Pharmacy, professional and graduate programs.

Duties to include:

Research, Experiments, Investigations and Evaluations

  • Coordinate and implement multiple research projects/programs under the direction of departmental Director.
  • Perform basic and complex techniques as outlined in research plans, assure fidelity to scientific protocols, assist in design of research plans/protocols.
  • Identify and adhere to Quality Assurance practices to maintain validity and integrity of research data.

Collect, Analyze and Summarize Data

  • Collaborate and interact with scientists, chemists and manufacturing personnel, plan and execute the generation, characterization and analysis of pharmaceutical materials.
  • Collect and interpret experimental data to guide subsequent experiments aimed at pharmaceutical product and process development.


  • Assure safety and compliance with required organization and regulatory policies for laboratory activities, respond to compliance and safety violations.
  • Responsible for the appearance, function, maintenance, and compliance of the group’s equipment and physical space.
  • Develop written operating procedures; provide employee training and maintain written documentation of equipment training.

Administrative and Project Management

  • Collaborate and interact with collegiate faculty, particularly in the division of Pharmaceutics and Translational Therapeutics (PTT) to advance research and development projects within University of Iowa Development Consortium (UIPDC).

Human Resources

  • Assist with Human Resource functions, including interviewing, selection, training, performance review, salary determination, promotion and disciplinary action, conduct and/or provide input in annual staff performance reviews.
  • Design, evaluate, and coordinate training of employees on basic and new laboratory techniques and procedures needed to execute development projects.

Required Qualifications


Master’s degree in Pharmaceutics, Chemistry, or Chemical Engineering or equivalent combination of relevant education and experience.


Minimum 2-year industry experience in preformulation/formulation development functions or equivalent postgraduate experience to include:

  • Demonstrated ability to apply scientific principles to preformulation/formulation development of pharmaceutical dosage forms.
  • Working knowledge of cGMPs, including CMC regulatory information required for INDs/NDAs/ANDAs with respect to API, preformulation, formulation, analytical methods, and dosage form manufacturing processes.
  • Knowledge of requirements to safely work with Safebridge 3 compounds.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively in diverse environments.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.

Desirable Qualifications:

  • PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences or Chemical Engineering
  • Expertise in the development of freeze-dried formulations for small molecules and biologicals.Using
  • Expertise in addressing solubility and bioavailability issues in the development for oral or parenteral pharmaceutical products.
  • Expertise in characterization of pharmaceutical materials and an understanding of material properties and their influence on product quality.
  • Working knowledge of statistics relevant to pharmaceutical product development.
  • Record of publications and presentations describing investigations focused on preformulation/formulation activities.
  • Demonstrated leadership roles in academic, industrial, or professional organizations.

About University of Iowa Pharmaceuticals (UIP):

UI Pharmaceuticals is a Contract Development and Manufacturing Organization (CDMO) located within the College of Pharmacy at the University of Iowa. UI Pharmaceuticals is looking for energetic, creative and scientifically driven individuals as it builds it Preformulation/Formulation Development group. Responsibilities are focused on the design and conduct of experiments to advance novel drug development candidates to the clinic. Qualified candidates may be eligible for an adjunct teaching appointment within the College of Pharmacy, professional and graduate programs.


Job openings are posted for a minimum of 14 calendar days and may be removed from posting and filled any time after the original posting period has ended. Successdul candidates will be subject to a criminal background check and credential check. Up to 5 professional references will be requested at a later step in the recruitment process.


The University of Iowa is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment free from discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, religion, associational preference, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.

Application Instructions:

In order to be considered for an interview, applicants must upload a resume and cover letter and mark them as a "Relevant File" to the submission.

Job ID: 71642

Posted 18 days ago

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