Pieris Pharmaceuticals (Nasdaq: PIRS) is a publicly-traded, clinical-stage biotechnology company with operations in Germany and the United States. Pieris specializes in the discovery and development of Anticalin® protein-based drugs to target validated disease pathways in a unique and transformative way. Our pipeline includes inhalable Anticalin proteins to treat respiratory diseases, immuno-oncology multi-specifics tailored for the tumor microenvironment, and a half-life-optimized Anticalin protein to treat anemia. Proprietary to Pieris, Anticalin proteins are a novel class of therapeutics validated in the clinic and by partnerships with leading pharmaceutical companies.

To strengthen our team in Hallbergmoos, we are looking for an experienced:

Scientist Formulation (m/f/d)

Your Tasks

  • Design and establish (automated) workflows for (pre-)formulation development including sample handling and analytics to establish a comprehensive physicochemical knowledge base of drug candidates under storage and stressed conditions for IV and inhaled delivery
  • Responsible to continuously improve and expand the current formulation development platform by evaluating and establishing new technologies
  • Utilize statistical science knowledge for study design and data analysis
  • Troubleshoot (problem diagnosis and repair) of laboratory instrumentation within the Formulation Development group
  • Maintain records and document experiment results following quality principles (GxP-like), continuously optimize the process descriptions and their documentation in protocols, reports and SOPs
  • Support process development for drug substances and drug products by using expertise and knowledge of scale-down/scale-up principles, identify critical quality attributes for formulation and drug product development
  • Represent the Formulation Development group in product specific project meetings, present the work at group, department and cross functional meetings as well as during discussions with our renowned gobal biopharmaceutical research partners and CMOs/CROs

Our Requirements

  • M.Sc. and 3+ years of practical (ideally industrial) experience in protein characterization and formulation development or PhD in Biotechnology, Biochemistry, Biochemical Engineering or related scientific area
  • In-depth technical expertise with protein characterization techniques to identify and resolve potential activity failure mechanisms including aggregation, denaturation and chemical modification
  • Demonstrated (hands-on) experience with (U)HPLC, capillary electrophoresis, capillary isoelectric focusing, and methods to determine thermal (DSC, TSF) and colloidal stability (DLS/SLS, SEC-MALS, HIAC, FlowCam) with focus on their application in protein stability assessment
  • Experience in automated (pre-)formulation development and data analysis
  • Ability to critically analyze data using statistical tools and to compile technical reports; working knowledge of DOE is a plus
  • Experience on inhaled protein delivery and dry powder formulation is a plus
  • Experience with the evaluation of excipient effects in both liquid and dry powder formulations of biopharmaceuticals will be an asset
We are a fast-growing biotechnology company with approximately 130 employees at our sites in Freising (Greater Munich Area) and Boston (USA). We work in flat hierarchies with short decision-making paths and offer a working environment characterized by cooperation and innovation. Each of our employees participates in a bonus program based on the achievement of individual and company-wide goals. In addition, we offer each employee the opportunity to participate in a stock savings plan and a stock option program that allows employees to benefit directly from the company's success.
Numerous social benefits such as additional employer-financed company health insurance, free drinks, fruit baskets etc. as well as a bright, friendly and ultra-modern working environment with excellent technical equipment in our new company building in Hallbergmoos (from February 2020) round off our overall package. Creative employee events take place several times a year, as team spirit is essential for us. The joint creation of an innovative and participative corporate culture is an important concern for us.