Scientist, CMC

San Diego, CA

  • Samumed is seeking a motivated and talented scientist to join the CMC department supporting analytical and formulation development.
  • The Scientist will be responsible for conducting complex chemical and physical testing of pharmaceutical raw materials, finished products, and stability samples by internally developed and compendial test method.
  • Tests methods will be transferred to partner contract manufacturing organizations (CMOs) and the scientist will review the data for accuracy and complete technical result summaries.
  • Drug product and drug substance methods will be developed for phase 1-3 and commercial. Laboratory work will include early stage formulation development and preparation to support preclinical studies.
  • Troubleshoot formulation issues and participate in technical discussions pertaining to formulation design.
  • This is a full-time position in the company’s San Diego headquarters.

Specific Responsibilities

  • Conducting chemical and physical testing of pharmaceutical raw materials, finished products, and stability samples.
  • Preparing preclinical solid, liquid, semi solid and suspension formulations for parenteral, oral, topical, and pulmonary delivery.
  • Processing, reviewing, and verifying data.
  • Maintaining and organizing electronic notebook and instrumental raw data records.
  • Participating in the validation of test methods for pharmaceutical raw materials and finished products both in house and alongside CMOs.
  • Maintaining and troubleshooting analytical instrumentation.
  • Having a hands-on approach to laboratory work including formulation activities.
  • Conducting experiments with clear planning by maintaining organized data records and summarizing results in detailed reports in accordance with prescribed lab procedures and systems.
  • Performing all duties in strict compliance with Standard Operating Procedures, Good Manufacturing Practices, Good Laboratory Practices, and Safety guidelines
  • Tracking and trending results and generate summary reports. Highlighting and investigating OOS and OOT results.
  • Writing and reviewing technical documents such as technical protocols, reports and test methods as well as SOP’s, COA’s and other relevant controlled documents.


  • Bachelor’s degree in a physical science, with 3-7 years or PhD 1-2 years of experience working in the pharmaceutical or biotechnology industry.
  • Excellent knowledge and understanding of chemistry analytical instrumental technology and formulation.
  • Experience with preparation and characterization of solid/liquid oral and topical formulations as well as sterile parenteral formulations and aseptic techniques.
  • Experience with method development and validation within ICH and USP guidelines.
  • Excellent understanding of quality and regulatory requirements in the pharmaceutical industry pertaining to ICH, GMPs and USP guidance and standards.
  • Excellent proficiency with HPLC, PSD, GC, LC/MS and Dissolution techniques
  • Experience with solid state techniques such as XRPD, DSC, TGA
  • Formulation characterization techniques such as viscosity and osmolarity desirable.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Motivated self-starter and discipline to work independently with minimal guidance.
  • Ability to travel and work flexible hours as required.
  • Must be a punctual, reliable, team-player with a positive, can-do attitude and flexible in adapting to change in a multi-disciplinary, fast-paced work environment


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