Biologics Formulation Scientist

Date: 20 Apr 2024

Location: Melbourne, VIC, AU

Company: CSIRO

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The opportunity


  • Engage in new formulation development and formulation screening capabilities
  • Work within a supportive, rewarding, and collaborative team environment
  • Join CSIRO - Australia's National Science Agency


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CSIRO’s Biomedical Manufacturing (BMM) Program harnesses, develops, and deploys leading edge science and technology for advanced manufacturing of new-generation pharmaceuticals, diagnostics, vaccines, and biotherapeutics. This program is enabling medical providers in Australia and around the globe to better prevent, detect and treat a wide range of disease conditions, as well as enhancing the health and wellbeing of all Australians. There is an opportunity for an experienced Biologics Formulation Scientist  to join this cutting-edge and collaborative team.


In this role you will collaborate in scientific and technological activities with other research staff by assisting with detailed planning and undertaking of experimental, observational or technology development work. You will contribute to developing new formulation development capabilities and support systematic formulation research studies at the beginning of the development program for a new medicine. As a member of the Biologics R&D Group you will work closely together with Regulated Biomanufacturing Quality Control, Quality Assurance and Downstream processing teams to ensure that the formulation administered in the Toxicology and Phase 1 of both human and veterinary clinical trials will be safe and effective. 

This is an exciting opportunity for a formulation scientist  to join a world leading scientific team working at the forefront of pharmaceutical, diagnostic and biotherapeutic research and development. If you’re an industrially trained formulation scientist with prior technical experience in biologics formulation development then  apply now! 

Your duties will include:

  • Contribute to biologics formulation research and development through the application of original and adapted experimental methods, equipment, or software.
  • Seek new approaches to meet experimental or technological needs when encountering new problems where methods are not defined.
  • Participate in planning projects and accept responsibility for scheduling and completion of major parts of the project. including:
    • Liaise with clients to determine their needs and take personal responsibility for their satisfaction.
    • Participate in the definition of research objectives and the evaluation of technological options with colleagues.
    • Make significant contributions to the design of high-throughput excipient screens and formulation optimisation experiments using DOE principles.
    • Undertake data collection, interpretation and communication of stability-indicating test results for the development of biologics formulations.
    • Collaborate on drafting presentations and/or detailed written reports for clients and the scientific and/or technology community. 


Location: Clayton, Melbourne, VIC

Salary: AU$89,680 – AU$98,513 pa + up to 15.4% superannuation

Tenure: Indefinite, Full-time

Reference: 96302

To be considered you will need:

Under CSIRO policy only those who meet all essential criteria can be appointed.


  • Relevant diploma/bachelor’s degree or equivalent relevant work experience in biopharmaceutical formulation development.
  • Scientific and/or technical work experience in biomedical and/or biopharmaceutical industry.
  • Practical experience in conducting formulation studies, developability research, forced-degradation studies and stability trials.



  • Experience conducting and interpreting of stability-indicating analytical tests, such as high-throughput UV/VIS spectrometry, differential scanning fluorometry (DSF), static or dynamic light scattering (SLS/ DLS), capillary-electrophoresis-sodium dodecyl sulfate (CE-SDS), capillary isoelectric focussing (CIEF), size exclusion chromatography (SEC), ion exchange chromatography (IEC), hydrophobic-interaction chromatography (HIC).
  • Practical knowledge in tangential flow filtration  (TFF) development and tech transfer in downstream bioprocessing.
  • Experience in the application of Design of Experiment (DoE) principles to experimental design.
  • Demonstrated experience in drafting scientific reports.
  • Experience in transferring technology to a regulated manufacturing setting.
  • Experience in working with stakeholders and developing a formulation screening strategy that fits their needs.


For full details about this role please review the Position Description.


Applications for this position are open to Australian/New Zealand Citizens, Australian Permanent Residents. Appointment to this role is subject to provision of a national police check and may be subject to other security/medical/character requirements.

Flexible working arrangements

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How to apply

Please apply online, and provide a detailed cover letter and CV that best demonstrate your motivation and ability to meet the requirements of this role. Please note that we strongly encourage you to respond to each of the selection criteria in detail, and attach it to your cover letter as one document.

Applications close

30 April 2024, 11:00pm AEDT