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Senior Formulation Scientist

2 Positions Available - Permanent Full Time Positions

Work location is:  7600 Danbro Crescent, Mississauga, Ontario L5N 6L6

Salary Range: $70,000.00 to $80,000.00 annually for 37.5 hour per week


Benefits Packagage Includes:  Vacation 3 weeks per year, Medical & Dental coverage (with various limits and deductibles), Basis Life Insurance (company paid), Long Term Disability coverage (employee paid), Non-matching, self-directed Deferred Profit Sharing Plan (DPSP), Group Registered Retirement Savings Plan (RRSP).


Contract Pharmaceuticals Limited is a contract manufacturer and packager of prescription and over the counter pharmaceutical products. We are dedicated to providing comprehensive and innovative outsourcing services that exceed the uncompromising demands of the global pharmaceutical industry.

Purpose: The Product Development group supports all activities required to develop, optimize and scale-up a stable semi-solid (cream, lotion, ointment, gel) /liquid (topical, oral, sub-lingual, nasal spray, complex suspensions) formulations to make it suitable for ANDA/Registration purpose and commercial production, if required.  Senior Formulation Scientist within the product development group will be responsible for the execution of pre-formulation, formulation experiments; assisting in product scale-up, developmental stability testing and documents preparation for regulatory submission purpose.


- Design and conduct experiments in the formulation of NDA/generic prescrption products in topically or orally administered dosage forms, both liquid and semi-solids, as per Quality by Design (QbD) design.  Bring prototype formulations to scale up Clinical/Regulation batches.
- Evaluate projects, initiate literature and patent search, plan experiments to develop products and conduct pre-formuation  experiments leading to sound formulation and process development.  Assess technical feasibility of project for commercialization.
- Design strategies to resolve formulation problems/evaluate patents requiring new/innovative solutions and ideas.
- Conduct technical overview and prepare CMC section of regulatory filings including PDR for ANDA's, PAS's and Deficiency responses as assigned.
- Trouble shoot and collaborate with other scientists on the bench to problem solve and evaluate formulation projects and processes.  Work to optimize processes and timelines.
- Review compilation, evaluation, interpretation and reporting of experimental results to ensure objectives of each project are met.  Apply sound scientific anlaysis and ethical evaluation to data and conclusions.
- Apply scientific principles and technological advances in designing formulation/process by selecting optimium equipment, materials and tools available in the industry for product development projects.  Provide input to equipment selection for product commercialization.
- Coordinate timelines and negotiate resource management with other colleagues in formulation and analytical to ensure timely project completion and efficiencies that reduce waste and achieve maximum cost containment.
- Promote and maintain safe and healthy working conditions in his/her assigned work area;  instruct and enforce compliance with established safe work practices and procedures; ensure assigned trainees receive appropriate training and information necessary to conduct their activities in a safe and healthy manner.
- Stay current with scientific advances and new FDA guidelines for product development/formulations.  Participate in scientific meetings, publications and presentation as assigned.
- Other duties as assigned.

- Advanced degree (Masters) in Pharmaceutical Sciences or related scientific discipline with minimum 10 years of working experience with formulation/process develoment semi-solid products.
- Knowledge of hydrocolloids and surfantant chemistry and their use in semi-solid products.
- Direct and recent bench experience in design and execution of formulation experiments.
- Fundamentals and scientific knowledge of creams, lotions, ointments, gels, complex suspensions etc.
- Must have good written and oral communicaiton skills in English, decision making and problem solving as a team player.
- Must have critical scientific thinking, self-starter with positive attitude to learn and deliver the project in a timely manner.  Must be able to handle multiple tasks and projects.
- Flexible with the ability to adapt, respond quickly and manage change in a fast paced environment.
- Able to work with minimal supervison and maintain good and effective communication and internal/external customers.
- Demonstrated competencies in CPL's core values of Integrity, Respect, Trust and Fairness.


- Laboratory work conditions using specialized equipment and exposure to chemicals.  May require use of protective equipment to reduce personal exposure.
- Flexibility in work schedule to ensure that experiments are completed during allotted time.
- Ability to lift moderately heavy objects/materials, typically no more than 20kg.
CPL is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusion.  We welcome applications from all qualified individuals.  CPL is committed to accommodating persons with disabilities.  If you need accommodation at any stage of the application process or want more information on our accommodation policies, please contact us at hr@cplltd.com.

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to the contact information below. If submitting your application via e-mail, please indicate the job title in the subject line.

Contract Pharmaceuticals Limited Canada
Human Resources
F) (905)821-0386
E)  dcoulter@cplltd.com
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