Senior Scientist (Formulations, Agriculture Research)

Employer
Astrix Technology Group
Location
Columbia, MD
Posted
Jun 19, 2019
Closes
Jun 21, 2019
Ref
161002976
Function
Analyst, Research
Industry
Science
Hours
Full Time
11 2018 This company is a technology provider that is focused on environmentally sustainable and science-based stabilization and delivery solutions for bioactives in a variety of industries, spanning human nutrition and health, agricultural biologicals, and biopharma. As a Senior Scientist based in Columbia, Maryland, you will play a pivotal role in helping to develop scientific capabilities that can make a positive impact in our world. Main Duties and Responsibilities * The Senior Scientist has responsibility for all stages of formulation development in support of biologics portfolio with an emphasis on agriculture. * The position entails conducting lab-based scientific research and development projects in collaboration with external partners and clients through execution of formulations development and characterization studies. * The Senior Scientist drives toward achieving technical objectives through a better understanding of molecular and biological stabilization mechanisms that lead to more effective formulations to stabilize, protect, and deliver bioactives with an emphasis on ag microbials. * The Senior Scientist collaborates in a flat, matrixed organization focused on early-to-late stage formulations, process, and analytical method development, manufacturing scaleup, and regulatory issues to deliver against technical and business objectives. Skills, Knowledge, and Experience * Expertise in formulations science, chemistry, and/or engineering. * Expertise in agricultural formulations, including delivery systems such as seed treatment, is a significant plus. * Ability to design and investigate the feasibility of applying a wide variety of scientific principles and concepts to potential problems. * Ability to plan and execute highly-effective and productive laboratory research programs. * Broad knowledge of state-of-the art scientific principles, theories, characterization, control strategies, and regulatory policies and guidelines. * Demonstrated success in technical proficiency, scientific creativity, strategic planning, and independent thought. * Demonstrated ability to initiate, direct, and execute science-based research projects across all stages of R&D and participate in, or lead the development of, technology strategy. * Proficient communication skills required for interfacing with team members, external collaborators, and potential customers. * Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with multiple individuals and groups on technical projects. Education * Senior Scientist: BS or MS degree in chemistry, biochemistry, engineering, applied sciences, or related field with a minimum of 12 years of experience, or PhD with a minimum of 7 years of experience. Capabilities * The successful candidate will have demonstrated the following capabilities: * Independently and adeptly lead, plan, and execute highly complex projects on tight timelines. * Strong scientific thinker in formulations development and in broader scientific pharmaceuticals and industrial experiences. * Displays depth and extensiveness in scientific and regulatory knowledge. * Develops creative solutions to complex problems, but likewise proficient at anticipating and heading off potential issues. * Exhibits self-motivation and drive for results. * Demonstrates strong scientific leadership and project organizational skills to navigate projects forward. * Displays ability to resolve/minimize conflicts through effective interpersonal communications and cross-functional collaborations. * Effectively and efficiently explains and presents complex scientific concepts to broad, diverse audiences. * Excels at making good decisions, priority setting, and mentoring team members.

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