SweDeliver Partner AstraZeneca is recruiting a Senior Scientist with a passion for Formulation Design

Do you have an interest in the area of pharmaceutical technology and want to drive drug development projects forward? Would you like to apply your expertise to make an impact in a company that follows the science and turns ideas into life changing medicines? Then this position at SweDeliver industrial Partner AstraZeneca might be the one for you!


AstraZeneca is, in addition to being a highly valued industrial partner in the SweDeliver network, a global, innovation-driven BioPharmaceutical business that focuses on the discovery, development and commercialisation of prescription medicines for some of the world’s most serious disease.

Pharmaceutical Technology and Development (PT&D) apply science and technology that turns concepts into actual medicines which help millions of people. We work across the entire value chain, designing and delivering active ingredients, formulations and devices required to support new medicines – from supplies for use in toxicology studies and clinical trials to developing the technology to ensure drugs can be scaled up for commercial manufacture.

We are now looking to hire an experienced Scientist with a passion for Formulation Design, to strengthen our team in Gothenburg, Sweden. This is an outstanding opportunity for an enthusiastic, innovative and motivated Senior Scientist or Associate Principal Scientist (APS) depending on previous experience, who strives to be part of an efficient OralProduct Development (OPD) team!

In OPD, a division of Pharmaceutical Technology & Development, we focus on the design and development of commercial products and processes and contribute to new product introductions and continuous improvement of launched products. Products in scope are e.g. immediate and controlled release solid oral dosage forms of small molecules for diverse therapeutic areas. To meet the future needs of our portfolio the introduction of new technology and science is an important factor, and the use of modelling and simulation tools is a part of our daily work.



You will design and develop sustainable formulations for our future clinical trials and commercial products. Thus, we expect you to have a scientific understanding of physiochemical principles of importance for the late stage formulation design of solid oral dosage forms including controlled release products. In this role you will work closely with a team of colleagues in a multi-skilled environment to design, develop and deliver high quality clinical and commercial formulations.

Other responsibilities are, but not limited to:

  • Working closely with a team of colleagues in a multi-skilled environment to design, developing and delivering sustainable high quality clinical and commercial formulations and processes according to lean principles, using your understanding of existing and new innovative product design and process technologies.
  • Taking ownership for the quality, reputation, communication and delivery of science in cross-functional teams delivering drug projects, including contributions to regulatory documentation and submissions, applying your understanding of drug development and relevant requirements from medical authorities.
  • Providing disciplinary scientific leadership, coaching and mentorship for less experienced scientists with a particular emphasis on patient centric product design and excellence in product design and development transforming commercial manufacturing capability.
  • Continuing to develop self as expert in scientific area of product and process design including maintaining a strong publication and presentation record.
  • Continuing to develop and driving scientific excellence in the area of formulation design within the company as well as with external partners.
  • Being a key player to drive and further develop and embed the digital transformation within OPD e.g.  applying modelling and simulation tools within formulation design and development.
  • Managing your own work to achieve drug development and improvement project targets, in a timely fashion and to agreed quality standards, by applying technical knowledge and expertise as well as interpreting results and adapting investigations as appropriate.

Essential for the role

  • Strong scientific background with a PhD in chemical engineering, pharmacy or similar subject area.
  • An understanding of physicochemical principles of importance for design and development of immediate and controlled release pharmaceutical products.
  • A rational and data-driven approach to product design and problem solving, and an ability to make judgements based on sound reasoning.
  • Ability to proactively apply modelling and simulation to deliver value in development and manufacturing of pharmaceutical drug products.
  • Ability to collaborate with experts in complementary areas (e.g. biopharmacutics, analytical and material sciences), in a multicultural environment.
  • Operates confidently and collaboratively within a global organisation, with an integrating mind-set
  • Strong communication skills
  • Excellent English, both written and spoken.

Desirable for the role

  • Experience of e.g. pharmaceutical or cosmetical product design and development.
  • Experience of development of products using continuous manufacturing.
  • Understanding of in-vitro and in-vivo product performance.


At AstraZeneca, we 're dedicated to being a Great Place to Work. Where you are empowered to push the boundaries of science and unleash your entrepreneurial spirit. There’s no better place to make a difference to medicine, patients and society. An inclusive culture that champions diversity and collaboration, and always committed to lifelong learning, growth and development. We’re on an exciting journey to pioneer the future of healthcare.


We welcome your application no later than September 7th, 2023!

AstraZeneca embraces diversity and equality of opportunity. We are committed to building an inclusive and diverse team representing all backgrounds, with as wide a range of perspectives as possible, and harnessing industry-leading skills. We believe that the more inclusive we are, the better our work will be. We welcome and consider applications to join our team from all qualified candidates, regardless of their characteristics. We comply with all applicable laws and regulations on non-discrimination in employment (and recruitment), as well as work authorization and employment eligibility verification requirements.



Bertil Abrahamsson, Chair, SweDeliver
Senior principal scientist, AstraZeneca