Scientist - Formulation & Lyophilization Process Development

Lincoln, Nebraska

Posted in Pharmaceuticals

Job Info

Zoetis is the world's largest Manufacturer and Supplier of Animal Pharmaceuticals.

At Zoetis in Lincoln, NE, we manufacture high quality medicines for dogs, cats, and livestock. Our plant has been recognized as one of the Nebraska's Safest Companies, with a long-standing presence in Lincoln and we continue to grow.

Benefits Include:

Great Health Benefits from day 1!

4 weeks accrued paid vacation and 13 paid holidays.

401(k) match with company profit sharing

Tuition reimbursement

Student Loan Repayment Program

Position Summary

This is primarily a site-based role where the focus of the individual's attention will be on

  • Supporting the site Global Manufacturing Technology (GMT) team in New Product Introductions (NPI) from Research and Development (VMRD) into the site,
  • Technology transfers of current processes from one site to another within the network
  • Support manufacturing teams in maintaining and improving the performance of vaccine production.

This position typically requires at least 5 years of experience in a biological or biopharma manufacturing or research environment, hence the expectation is that the individual will apply their technical skills and knowledge independently and work on multiple NPI's, manufacturing transfer projects and/or continuous improvement projects in parallel.

Hours: 1st shift 7:15am - 3:45pm

Position Responsibilities

You will be a member of multiple new product introduction team's (NPI), where you will be responsible for:
  • Working closely with VMRD to co-develop new products suitable for transfer into the production facility.
  • Understanding the capacity of your current facility and requirements to process fit a new product.
  • Identify product constraints during development and make suggestions for improvements to facilitate the scale up and commercial manufacture of a process.
  • Be a member of the site transfer team to transfer the process into manufacturing.
  • Take accountability for transferring the process "as is" from VMRD into manufacturing.
  • Train production personnel on the new process and ensure knowledge of the process is passed onto production teams.
  • Support manufacturing in preparing batch records for new products.
You will be a member of the site-to-site technology transfer teams where you will be responsible for the
  • Assessment of the process or analytical gaps in the sending and receiving site
  • If a member of the sending site provides technical support to receiving site
  • Potentially travel to receiving site to support transfer of knowledge.
You will work on a number of continuous improvement projects to support the sites priorities.
  • Develop process control charts for the appropriate vaccine processes.
  • Take ownership and champion the performance of a range of formulation and lyophilization manufacturing processes.
  • Identify process improvements that result in improved supply reliability, reduction in zero yields, reduction in scrap, improvement in process yields.
  • Support Procurement in sourcing alternative raw material, component, and primary packaging suppliers to help reduce cost for the site and maintain supply.
Provide technical support to immediate site investigations that may have an impact on supply of product to the market. Investigate new technologies and implement changes to site where beneficial.

Education and Experience

BS or MS in a life science, (virology, bacteriology, or immunology), related engineering, or equivalent biological experience is required with emphasis on formulation, adjuvant, and/or lyophilization sciences experience. Demonstrated competency in formulation process and analytical method development. This position requires a minimum of 5 years process development experience.

Previous experience in developing and scaling up formulation and lyophilization processes and process analytical experience is highly desirable.

Technical Skills and Competencies Required
  • Laboratory and/or manufacturing experience in biological manufacturing and/or testing is highly desirable with specific experience in formulation, adjuvant, and/or lyophilization processes and analysis.
  • A working knowledge of vaccine production methods and experimental design and experience in GLP or GMP is also desirable.
  • Basic knowledge of USDA and EU regulatory systems desired.
  • Strong technical/analytical skills and possess a high degree of personal motivation.
  • Strong oral and written communication, excellent interpersonal skills, and ability to interact across divisional boundaries.
  • Strong commitment to product quality, continuous improvement and working knowledge of Right First Time (RFT) and Lean principles.
  • Strong commitment to customer service

Physical Position Requirement
  • Lifting
  • Sitting
  • Travel to domestic and international sites may be required < 10%
  • Standing
  • Walking
  • Gowning into production areas
  • Work some weekends due to experimental designs

Full time



Any unsolicited resumes sent to Zoetis from a third party, such as an Agency recruiter, including unsolicited resumes sent to a Zoetis mailing address, fax machine or email address, directly to Zoetis employees, or to Zoetis resume database will be considered Zoetis property. Zoetis will NOT pay a fee for any placement resulting from the receipt of an unsolicited resume.

Zoetis will consider any candidate for whom an Agency has submitted an unsolicited resume to have been referred by the Agency free of any charges or fees. This includes any Agency that is an approved/engaged vendor but does not have the appropriate approvals to be engaged on a search.

Zoetis is committed to equal opportunity in the terms and conditions of employment for all employees and job applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, gender identity or gender expression, national origin, disability or veteran status or any other protected classification. Disabled individuals are given an equal opportunity to use our online application system. We offer reasonable accommodations as an alternative if requested by an individual with a disability. Please contact Zoetis Colleague Services at to request an accommodation. Zoetis also complies with all applicable national, state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment as well as employment eligibility verification requirements of the Immigration and Nationality Act. All applicants must possess or obtain authorization to work in the US for Zoetis. Zoetis retains sole and exclusive discretion to pursue sponsorship for the acquisition or maintenance of nonimmigrant status and employment eligibility, considering factors such as availability of qualified US workers. Individuals requiring sponsorship must disclose this fact. Please note that Zoetis seeks information related to job applications from candidates for jobs in the U.S. solely via the following: (1) our company website at site, or (2) via email to/from addresses using only the Zoetis domain of "". In addition, Zoetis does not use Google Hangout for any recruitment related activities. Any solicitation or request for information related to job applications with Zoetis via any other means and/or utilizing email addresses with any other domain should be disregarded. In addition, Zoetis will never ask candidates to make any type of personal financial investment related to gaining employment with Zoetis.

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