Sr. Scientist (formulations, pharma) in Columbia, MD at Apex Life Sciences

Date Posted: 4/14/2018

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Job Description

Sr. Formulation Scientist (Food Science, Probiotics, Nutraceuticals, Product Development, R&D, Bioactive)


  • Scientific responsibility for Formulation Development of biologics portfolio. Position entails scientific research and/or development strategies for the company through research, executing formulation risk assessments and characterization studies, and developing formulation strategies. Drives scientific objectives and understanding of molecules and mechanisms. Collaborates in a matrix organization with early through late stage formulations, process and analytical method development, manufacturing operations and regulatory affairs to deliver scientific and operational objectives. Interacts with key customers to ensure science and technology are developed that meet and /or exceed customer requirements and expectations.
  • Conducts Formulation Development Research to micro- encapsulate probiotics. Manage Formulation and Process Development for Stabilization of Probiotics with application. Manage formulation and process development for stabilization of nutraceuticals. Prepare prototype samples for stability studies and write progress reports. Identify company’s needs for process equipment and analytical instruments and make recommendations to improve company capabilities. Successfully develop processes and formulations for probiotic encapsulation for formula application using ingredients allowed. Directly interface with customers, clients and collaborating research partners in Formulation Development initiatives.
  • Variety of applications, including vitamins, minerals, proteins and enzymes, as well as synthetic organic compounds. As a global biotechnology company, our mission is to be the premier provider of bioactive stabilization and delivery technologies. As a Scientist, in Columbia, MD, you’ll play a pivotal role in helping develop our scientific capabilities that can make a positive impact in our world. From a small group of visionary scientists with a focus on health and nutrition and a passion for environmental sustainability, our client has grown into a diversified provider of solutions  meeting nutritional and immunological challenges for delivering stabilized bioactives and live microorganisms for various applications in human health and nutrition, food safety and crop  production. This company has demonstrated strong science-based solutions that have led to innovative business development and product commercialization
  • Support Formulation Development activities related to vaccines, human and animal probiotics, enzymes, vitamins, and other bioactive molecules
  • Applies formulation expertise in relation to project needs and overall business objectives.
  • Records all data in laboratory notebooks in a timely manner, signs and dates the record.
  • Reports all tests to Supervision and Project teams in a timely, efficient and accurate manner in compliance with documented laboratory procedures.
  • Understands and participates in Process Development and Scale-Up activities as required.
  • Prepares project reports and presentations for internal and external use.
  • Serve as subject matter expert while staying apprised of Formulation Development and Nutraceutical/ Probiotics industry trends; keeps abreast of scientific literature
  • Microbiological techniques required for evaluation and enumeration of various microbes.
  • Follows policies and procedures to ensure validity of results.
  • Recognizes factors that affect measurements and results and takes appropriate action according to predetermined protocols.
  • Maintains a safe and efficient working environment by performing equipment maintenance and checks, cleaning work area
  • Monitoring temperatures and humidity in accordance with protocols and lab policies.
  • Identifies and resolves problems that may adversely affect test analysis, notifying other scientists or Laboratory Directors when appropriate.
  • Enter test results into the Laboratory Information System (LIMS) in order to standardize reports and interpretation.

Essential Requirements

  • Expertise with Formulation, Chemistry, R&D, Product Development, Initiating, Directing and executing all scientific Research Projects and/or Development strategies.  
  • Design and investigate the feasibility of applying a wide variety of scientific principles and concepts to potential inventions, products and problems.  
  • Plan and execute laboratory research.
  • Maintains a broad knowledge of state-of-the art principles, theories, and product characterization. Regulatory knowledge related to worldwide filings and submissions
  • Highly effective written and oral communication skills required for interfacing with team members, collaborators and potential customers.  
  • Presentation skills and ease in working and collaboratively with multiple groups on technical projects.
  • Demonstrated success in technical proficiency, scientific creativity, collaboration with others and independent thought. 
  • Expert knowledge of scientific principles and concepts and the ability to apply expert knowledge to scientific problems, projects and programs with a high degree of customer focus.  

Education and Experience

  • Ph.D. in Chemistry, Biochemistry, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Engineering, Applied Sciences, or related field with a minimum of 10 years of experience.    
  • B.S. or M.S in Chemistry, Biochemistry, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Engineering, applied Sciences, or related field
  • Minimum of 5-10 years of experience, M.S. or Ph.D.
  • Minimum of 5+ years of experience. Industry experience preferred.


  • Food Science
  • Nutrition/ nutraceuticals
  • Research and Development
  • R&D
  • Formulation Development
  • Microencapsulation
  • Aseptic Technique
  • cGMP manufacturing
  • Cell Culture
  • Probiotics, Enzymology
  • Nutritional Supplements
  • Formulation
  • Vitamins
  • Bioactive
  • Microbiology
  • Probiotic stabilization
  • Product Development
  • Process Development
  • Scientific Literary Publications

EEO Employer

Apex is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Apex will consider qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of applicable law. If you have visited our website in search of information on employment opportunities or to apply for a position, and you require an accommodation in using our website for a search or application, please contact our Employee Services Department at or 844-463-6178.