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Research Associate 1

Location Novato, California
BioMarin is the world leader in delivering therapeutics that provide meaningful advances to patients who live with serious and life-threatening rare genetic diseases. We target diseases that lack effective therapies and affect relatively small numbers of patients, many of whom are children. These conditions are often inherited, difficult to diagnose, progressively debilitating and have few, if any, treatment options. BioMarin will continue to focus on advancing therapies that are the first or best of their kind.

BioMarin’s Technical Operations group is responsible for creating our drugs for use in clinical trials and for scaling production of those drugs for the commercial market. These engineers, technicians, scientists and support staff build and maintain BioMarin’s cutting-edge manufacturing processes and sites, provide quality assurance and quality control to ensure we meet regulatory standards, and procure the needed goods and services to support manufacturing and coordinating the worldwide movement of our drugs to patients. Come join our team and make a meaningful impact on patients’ lives. 

SUMMARY DESCRIPTION

The selected candidate will work in the Formulation Development group to assist in the advancement of BioMarin’s therapeutics for clinical evaluation and potential commercialization. The candidate will be responsible characterization drug products, screening of formulation prototypes, evaluating product stability and compatibility with various container closure systems using routine and semi-routine analytical methods under limited supervision. The selected candidate should possess excellent analytical, organizational and communication skills and be a self-starter willing to work efficiently and collaboratively in a dynamic environment.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Fully proficient in fundamental laboratory techniques and equipment
  • Ability to efficiently plan, design, and execute experiments under limited supervision.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Knowledge of analytical techniques—HPLCs, calorimetry, Karl Fischer, spectrophotometry, light scattering, Freeze Drying Microscopy, pH, Osmolality—used for drug product screening/characterization is preferred.
  • Experience with formulation development activities (pH profiling, excipient/formulation prototype screening, compatibility evaluation of drug product with fill-finish processing materials and container closure components, managing stability programs) is highly desirable.
  • Familiarity with lyophilization process/characterization of lyophilized drug products is preferred but not required.

EDUCATION

  • B.S. or M.S in the Pharmaceutical Sciences, Biochemistry, Biophysical Chemistry or related discipline

EXPERIENCE

  • At least 2 years of relevant experience or minimal experience with Masters
  • Fully proficient in fundamental laboratory techniques and equipment
  • Ability to efficiently plan, design and execute experiments under limited supervision.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Knowledge of analytical techniques—HPLCs, calorimetry, Karl Fischer, spectrophotometry, light scattering, Freeze Drying Microscopy, pH, Osmolality—used for drug product screening/characterization is preferred.
  • Experience with formulation development activities (pH profiling, excipient/formulation prototype screening, compatibility evaluation of drug product with fill-finish processing materials and container closure components, managing stability programs) is highly desirable.
  • Familiarity with lyophilization process/characterization of lyophilized drug products is preferred but not required.

CONTACTS

The candidate is expected to interact with members of Formulation, Analytical Chemistry, Quality Control, Process Development, Manufacturing, Regulatory, and Contract Manufacturing groups to jointly advance compounds through product development process.  Additionally, the hire is expected to interact with external parties (Contract laboratories, equipment Vendors, excipient suppliers etc) and BioMarin’s Purchasing/Legal groups to establish contracts, sample analysis and or laboratory equipment maintenance as necessary.




We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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