Bausch Health

  • Lead Scientist - Generics

    Location US-CA-Petaluma
    Job ID
    Pos. Type
    Full Time
  • Overview

    Leads the development of generic pharmaceutical products. Main area of focus would be topical (Skin and ocular), parenteral and liquid oral product development:


    1. Experimental design and laboratory troubleshooting
    2. Set-up, preparation and execution of R&D trials and cGMP activities
    3. Drafting, reviewing and approving stability protocols and reports
    4. Preparation of technical presentations
    5. Interpretation of data
    6. Internal and external communications with other operating functional groups (Quality, Regulatory, Stability, Supply Chain, Management, contract research organizations (CROs), and others
    7. Product transfers and scale-up activities
    8. Physical and chemical characterization of selected prototypes
    9. Set-up, preparation and execution of laboratory activities
    10. Preparation and execution of R&D and cGMP manufacturing activities
    11. Supervision of technician
    12. Development team composed of technicians and/or junior chemists (Chemists I-III)
    13. Performance evaluations of team members
    14. Scientific discussions/training
    15. Intellectual property opportunities




    Documents laboratory work in compliance with company policies, government regulations. Provides general support to Formulation and Process Development Department. Supervise technicians. Provide leadership in laboratory maintenance activities.


    • Leads specific laboratory and manufacturing operations
    • Develops process and performs complex laboratory and manufacturing operations.
    • Trains technicians/ junior chemists
    • Identifies problems during compounding and manufacturing and recommends solutions
    • Leads formulation development study design and assists in project planning and project specific budgeting activities
    • Drafts written communications with both external and/or internal functional groups
    • Develops experimental protocols including R&D stability protocols
    • Effectively communicates with supervisors and project managers on project status and problems encountered
    • Documents work in compliance with Dow procedures and Government regulations
      • Trains technicians
    • Performs peer review of data for other staff members
    • Provides training, supervision and scheduling assistance for Technicians


    • Must have sufficient manual dexterity to perform laboratory testing in a manner to provide precise and accurate results and work in a safe manner
    • May be required to move items weighing up to 25 lbs.
    • May be required to stand for long periods of time to perform laboratory work
    • Individual is required to wear and use appropriate protective equipment in laboratory areas
    • Must be able to work with standard laboratory chemicals under normal safety precautions and work with hazardous chemicals after proper training
    • Must be able to work with computers and general laboratory instrumentation
    • Able to communicate clearly and effectively both verbally and in writing
    • Conduct an independent research/development work that is either patentable or publishable in peer reviewed journals
    • Presentation skills including the use of audiovisual techniques and clear understanding of simple technical projects

    Minimum Education Requirements:

    • Master’s degree in Pharmacy, Chemistry or equivalent with 4-8 years of relevant experience in generics formulation development. Knowledge of cGMP requirements with relevant industrial experience
    • Bachelor’s degree in Pharmacy, Chemistry or equivalent with >10 years of relevant industrial experience in formulation development of which minimum 4y is in generics formulation development.
    • HS diploma or GED with >20 years of relevant industrial experience


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