• Associate Scientist Technical Services

    Job Locations US-NJ-Princeton
    Requisition ID
  • Responsibilities

    The Scientist/Sr. Scientist will be responsible for various activities under the direction of the manager or Director of Sterile Dosage Technologies.  These include performing process development/scale-up studies, participating in the manufacture of cGMP clinical lots, and transfer of processes to clinical or commercial manufacturing facilities for new drug candidates or existing commercial products.   

    • Participates in and oversees the drug development process of selected drug products (sterile and biologic) and API, ensuring robust and compliant manufacturing processes
    • Evaluates and optimized manufacturing processes using appropriate statistical analysis, root-cause-analysis, and quality-by-design principles.
    • Requires skills in analyzing process development data collected during scale-up and transfer processes to clinical or commercial manufacturing facilities.
    • Requires experimental skills in applying Statistical Design of Experiments (DOEs) and Quality by Design (QbD) to existing unit operations of pharmaceutical finishing processes.
    • Oversees development of various drug products and manufacturing activities that are performed by vendors and contractors and provides technical assistance during manufacturing.
    • Assists with the development of deparmental project timelines and project plans.
    • Coordinates regular technical review and project planning meetings with relevant CMC and supply chain functions, including frequent update meetings with OPC-Japan.
    • Ensures that contract manufacturers meet Otsuka requirements during development phases.

    Travel (approximately 15-25%)



    • B.S., M.S., or Ph.D. Pharmacy, Chemistry or Engineering plus 0-2 years pharmaceutical development and manufacturing experience 
    • Ability to work with and lead a dynamic group that takes a multi-disciplined team approach to executing and achieving departmental and corporate goals.
    • Experience with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Project
    • Ability to learn new skills and knowledge in new industry, company, product, or technical knowledge - like internet technology related to pharmaceutical industry
    • Ability to learn quickly using rigorous logic and methods when facing new problems and to enjoy the challenges of unfamiliar tasks
    • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
    • Ability to operate in a multi-cultural, multifaceted corporate environment
    • Be task & detail oriented


    • Thorough knowledge in chemical engineering unit operations - Fundamental principles of heat transfer, mass transfer and thermodynamics 
    • Knowledge in intermolecular forces and electrostatic phenomena at interfaces, mass and charge transport in colloidal suspensions, electrostatic and London forces in disperse systems is a plus


    Otsuka Pharmaceutical Company is a global healthcare company with the corporate philosophy: “Otsuka-people creating new products for better health worldwide.” Otsuka researches, develops, manufactures and markets innovative products, with a focus on pharmaceutical products to meet unmet medical needs and nutraceutical products for the maintenance of everyday health.


    In pharmaceuticals, Otsuka is a leader in the challenging area of mental health and also has research programs on several under-addressed diseases including tuberculosis, a significant global public health issue. These commitments illustrate how Otsuka is a “big venture” company at heart, applying a youthful spirit of creativity in everything it does.


    Otsuka Pharmaceutical Company is a subsidiary of Otsuka Holdings Co., Ltd. headquartered in Tokyo, Japan. The Otsuka group of companies employed 45,000 people worldwide and had consolidated sales of approximately USD 11 billion (€ 9.9 billion) in 2016.

    All Otsuka stories start by taking the road less travelled. Learn more about Otsuka Pharmaceutical Company on its global website at www.otsuka.co.jp/en. Learn more about Otsuka in the U.S. at www.otsuka-us.com.


    This job description is intended to describe the general nature and level of the work being performed by the people assigned to this position. It is not intended to include every job duty and responsibility specific to the position. Otsuka reserves the right to amend and change responsibilities to meet business and organizational needs as necessary.


    Otsuka is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to their protected veteran or disabled status, or any protected status.

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