Principal Formulation Scientist, Oral Formulation Research

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Måløv, Denmark

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We are accelerating our research efforts in Oral Formulation Research. Are you motivated by driving innovation for the life-changing benefit of patients? Our organization is growing, and we are looking to recruit an experienced Principal Formulation Scientist in the field of oral drug delivery. The role is key to the continued development of our organization. Are you the one to join our exciting future? Then this is your moment. Apply now and join Oral Formulation Research department.


The position

Oral drug delivery is a key component of our company’s strategy, and your role as Principal Scientist is important for us to progress. Your main objective will be to formulate therapeutic proteins and peptides into oral solid dosage forms and developing innovative oral drug delivery systems. Innovation and scientific leadership are key parts of your role, working across functions and people to develop both our portfolio and our organisation. Working alongside talented colleagues from all over the world, you will share ideas and inspiration across different scientific areas. Acting as mentor for senior colleagues and PhD students within field of expertise, is an integrated part of the role too.

As a principal scientist you will furthermore:

  • Drive innovative research with a highly business strategic fit, global mindset and cross-functional focus
  • Interpret internal or external business issues and solutions as well as recommend solutions and best practices
  • Coordinate tasks and manage projects of various kinds
  • Provide strong pharmaceutical industry knowledge and understanding



You are driven by the basic tenet of science – to take on something that people think can’t be done, and to go way beyond where we are today. You apply your creativity to find solutions to the scientific challenges you encounter during your research, and you share knowledge and experience freely with other scientists, lab technicians and researchers to further our common cause.

You hold a relevant PhD degree in Life Sciences (pharmaceutical sciences or other relevant discipline) and have minimum 7-8 years of pharmaceutical experience, including minimum 2-3 years in a relevant, innovative role in early stage research.


Furthermore, key qualifications are:

  • Proven track record driving innovation within oral drug delivery.
  • Being recognized as an expert within tablet formulation and other solid dosage forms and having a deep understanding of tablet manufacturing and related processes
  • As a solid dosage forms expert with significant experience on drug delivery technologies, you have in-depth expertise in characterisation and analysis of solid dosage forms
  • High-level insight into the GI-tract physiology
  • Business understanding and cross functional stakeholder management experience


About the department

At Oral Formulation Research in Måløv, Denmark, you’ll join an international, ambitious and collaborative early research team. Our shared goal is to develop peptide and protein formulation concepts to enable oral drug delivery for type 2 diabetes as well as other chronic diseases. Long-term thinking drives our activities, and our research unit has been designed to provide the best scientific environment for the discovery and development of breakthrough medicines. Here, you’ll find the culture of ingenuity necessary to develop the next generation of life-saving therapies. Oral drug delivery is a key component of our company’s future strategy, and we enjoy the full backing from top management that comes with it.


Want to know more? Click here to meet Maria, Philip, Jian and hear more about how we work in Oral Formulation Research.


Working at Novo Nordisk

We are a proud life-science company, and life is our reason to exist. We’re inspired by life in all its forms and shapes, ups and downs, opportunities and challenges. For employees at Novo Nordisk, life means many things – from the building blocks of life that form the basis of ground-breaking scientific research, to our rich personal lives that motivate and energise us to perform our best at work. Ultimately, life is why we’re all here - to ensure that people can lead a life independent of chronic disease.



For further information please contact Tina Bjeldskov Pedersen (+45 30 75 18 11) or Jenni Pessi (+45 30 75 40 45).



June 30, 2021. We will conduct interviews on an ongoing basis, so please apply as soon as possible.

Millions rely on us 

At Novo Nordisk, we don’t wait for change. We drive change. We’re a dynamic company in an even more dynamic industry, and we know that what got us to where we are today is not necessarily what will make us successful in the future. We embrace the spirit of experimentation, striving for excellence without fixating on perfection. We never shy away from opportunities to develop, we seize them. Working at Novo Nordisk is working toward something bigger than ourselves, and it’s a collective effort. Novo Nordisk relies on the joint potential and collaboration of its more than 40,000 employees to change the lives for the better for millions of patients living with diabetes and other chronic diseases. Together, we go further. Together, we’re life changing.