Packaging Engineer, R&D Associate Scientist

Groton, Connecticut
Closing date
Oct 23, 2021

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Science, Physical Sciences and Engineering, Pharmaceutical
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Pfizer is seeking an entry level packaging engineer to work in the R&D pharmaceutical dosage form packaging group. The focus of the position is on supporting solid, liquids and topical dosage packaging development projects for new pharmaceutical products for the global market, including component/material screening and selection, package design, tooling design and construction, testing, qualification, and support of regulatory filings. The position will involve a combination of laboratory experimental work, documentation, and interaction with project teams, manufacturing sites, and vendors.


  • Utilize technical experience, fundamental scientific knowledge and agreed Best Practices for packaging design and development for pharmaceutical dosage forms.
  • Help solve packaging problems collaboratively in a team environment using the scientific method and appropriate experimental designs.
  • Work closely with formulators, analysts, and manufacturing colleagues on co-development to ensure successful commercial scale up and launch.
  • Support the authorship of development reports, and packaging related sections of regulatory submission documents (e.g. Common Technical Dossier for drug product filings).
  • Support initiatives to develop best practices, test methods, and work processes to drive efficiencies.
  • Recommend and help implement new packaging and dosing device technologies to support global R&D goals.
  • Travel domestically and internationally approximately 5% (as required, post-pandemic).

This position resides in the Worldwide Packaging Development group within the Formulation and Process Design (FPD) line ofDrug Product Design (DPD). Common interactions for this role include:

  • Partner Pharmaceutical Science lines (such as Analytical R&D, Chemical R&D, Global CMC, Drug Product Supply, etc.) as member of the Pharmaceutical Science Project Team.
  • Packaging component/material and equipment vendors
  • Drug product clinical and commercial manufacturing site colleagues


  • A BS degree in Packaging Science, Material Science, Chemistry, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Engineering or related field.


  • A BS degree in Packaging Science or Engineering with 1 to 5 years experience in packaging development.
  • Strong academic record required. Material manufacturing and converting, product/packaging interaction, barrier properties, stability modeling, global pharmaceutical packaging regulations, and package testing and problem solving preferred. Knowledge of manufacturing and quality attributes for packaging components preferred. Strong interpersonal skills to support building productive relationships with suppliers and colleagues required. Experience working on teams required. Excellent written and oral communication skills. Strong priority setting skills


This position requires the typical physical demands of a general scientific laboratory environment with respect to generally standing during experimental execution and sitting and working at a computer during documentation of work. Occasional domestic and international ground/air travel is expected via commercial carriers.


Occasional domestic and international ground/air travel is expected via commercial carriers (as necessary, post pandemic).

Relocation support available

Pfizer requires all U.S. new hires to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 prior to the first date of employment. As required by applicable law, Pfizer will consider requests for Reasonable Accommodations.

Sunshine Act

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EEO & Employment Eligibility

Pfizer is committed to equal opportunity in the terms and conditions of employment for all employees and job applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, gender identity or gender expression, national origin, disability or veteran status. Pfizer also complies with all applicable national, state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment as well as work authorization and employment eligibility verification requirements of the Immigration and Nationality Act and IRCA. Pfizer is an E-Verify employer.

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