Formulation Scientist

Req ID:  72643

Harlow, GB, CM19 5TR

For 70 years, Charles River employees have worked together to assist in the discovery, development and safe manufacture of new drug therapies. When you join our family, you will have a significant impact on the health and well-being of people across the globe. Whether your background is in life sciences, finance, IT, sales or another area, your skills will play an important role in the work we perform. In return, we’ll help you build a career that you can feel passionate about.

Job Summary

Charles River are pleased to announce an exciting opportunity for a Formulation Scientist to bring passion and creative thinking to our Pharmaceutical Sciences team based in Harlow . Working in a newly established team, you will have the opportunity to influence strategic direction of this rapidly expanding area of business. 

The role combines lab-based responsibilities with expanding the formulation capabilities of the team, ideal for an ambitious and inquisitive scientist looking to make that next step in their career.

Working within interdisciplinary teams, in the UK and internationally, the successful candidate will provide expert insight to our drug discovery programs, delivering effective formulation solutions for customers worldwide.


The ideal candidate will have:

•    Knowledge of preformulation techniques (solubility, dissolution and physicochemical characterization) and their application to formulation development.
•    A strong technical understanding of formulation approaches for sparingly soluble compounds; namely amorphous solid dispersion, lipids and nano-suspensions
•    Familiarity with at least one other dosage route would be beneficial (i.e. topical, parenteral or inhalation)
•    A basic understanding of Pharmacokinetics and/or solid state characterisation would be beneficial
•    The ability to communicate complex scientific data to internal and external stakeholders
•    Experience of working in a multi-disciplinary team
•    The ability and desire to mentor junior members of the team
•    3+ years’ experience within a formulation development team, likely gained in a CRO environment

All candidates must have to the Right to Work in the UK with no restrictions to be considered. 

About Discovery
Discovery from Charles River is industry-proven in the successful development of novel therapies, with over 350 patents and 80 preclinical drug candidates delivered to our sponsors in the past 17 years. Backed by more than 650 scientists, our comprehensive, integrated portfolio employs the latest technology and platforms to provide chemistry, biology, and pharmacology services that support clients from the earliest stages of hit identification all the way through to IND. Our client-focused, collaborative approach creates true partnerships that anticipate challenges, overcome obstacles, and move us forward together on the journey of getting new drugs to market.


About Charles River
Charles River is an early-stage contract research organization (CRO). We have built upon our foundation of laboratory animal medicine and science to develop a diverse portfolio of discovery and safety assessment services, both Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) and non-GLP, to support clients from target identification through preclinical development. Charles River also provides a suite of products and services to support our clients’ clinical laboratory testing needs and manufacturing activities. Utilizing this broad portfolio of products and services enables our clients to create a more flexible drug development model, which reduces their costs, enhances their productivity and effectiveness to increase speed to market.


With over 17,000 employees within 90 facilities in 20 countries around the globe, we are strategically positioned to coordinate worldwide resources and apply multidisciplinary perspectives in resolving our client’s unique challenges. Our client base includes global pharmaceutical companies, biotechnology companies, government agencies and hospitals and academic institutions around the world. And in 2019, revenue increased to $2.62 billion.


At Charles River, we are passionate about our role in improving the quality of people’s lives. Our mission, our excellent science and our strong sense of purpose guide us in all that we do, and we approach each day with the knowledge that our work helps to improve the health and well-being of many across the globe. We have proudly supported the development of ~85% of the drugs approved by the FDA in 2019.