Bausch Health

  • Sr. Research Scientist, Pharmacology

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

    • The Sr. Research Scientist will provide pharmacology expertise in support of drug development programs in therapeutic areas of interest (dermatology, ophthalmology and GI).
    • Research in vitro and in vivo animal disease models to investigate mechanism of actions, assess efficacy, and select lead formulation(s).
    • Design and manage nonclinical studies, analyze and summarize data, and present to development teams.
    • Review scientific literature and author technical documents.


    • Identify suitable in vitro and in vivo animal disease models from the scientific literature, academic institutions and/or CROs. Critically assess models for relevance and limitations to address stakeholder’s needs.
    • Design and manage nonclinical studies at CROs primarily to support drug development projects and, to a lesser extent, post-marketing studies. Present to and discuss study results with stakeholders and/or project teams.
    • Author technical documents summarizing information from study reports, published literature and/or databases on a variety of topics (e.g. diseases, mechanism of action, pathways, study data, etc.).
    • Contribute to preparation of nonclinical sections of regulatory documents including IND, briefing books and NDA
    • Able to travel for CRO study monitoring and to professional conferences

    Scope of Position:

    • Business impact: Individual contributor to product development activities. Responsible for technical projects of limited scope, or parts of larger and more complex ones. May assist with execution of regulatory activities related to the nonclinical function.
    • Organizes and carries out work on projects under the mentorship of a Principal Scientist and/or Sr. Director.
    • Scope of impact: Assists in providing guidance on pharmacology matters to multiple business units.
    • Level of empowerment: Execution of tasks.  To a lesser extent, empowered to refine and improve execution. Makes team or project recommendations.  Applies state of the art experimental or theoretical and interpretive skills to technical problems, ideas or projects.

    Key Relationships:

    R&D organization (Formulation and Process Development, Analytical Chemistry, Clinical Pharmacology, Project Management, etc.), external CROs, and academic researchers/institutions.


    Degree in Pharmacology, Toxicology, Biology, or related discipline. PhD with 0-2 years relevant industry experience; MS with a minimum of 3 years relevant industry experience.

    • Breadth of Expertise: General assignments, project management within function, individual contributor.
    • Problem Solving: Conceives solutions and applies to solve problems of medium complexity with independence.
    • Customer focus: Experience working with internal customers and with external vendors (e.g., CROs)
    • Experience in design, implementation and data analysis of in vitro and in vivo. Skilled in data analysis and interpretation.
    • Basic understanding of good laboratory practice (GLP) regulations

    Special Skills:  Computer Literacy with skills in Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, and PowerPoint), Acrobat, EndNote, and Prism. Strong Communication, organization, report writing, and presentation skills a must.  Must be able to develop working relationships with various internal core competencies, manage outside suppliers, influence others outside of their immediate control and lead team members


    Entry Level – 0-3 years in a preclinical/nonclinical drug development setting

    • Experience in design, implementation and data analysis of in vitro and in vivo pharmacology studies.
    • Proven track record of technical document writing as evidenced by scientific publications, reports, technical bulletins, poster presentations, etc.
    • Ability to review, prioritize, and summarize complex information from study reports and scientific literature.
    • Must be organized, able to successfully manage multiple projects, work on teams, and communicate effectively.
    • Ability to work independently and across department functions.
    • Basic understanding of good laboratory practice (GLP) regulations desired but not required.


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