Scientist II, Analytical Development

Job Locations US-IL-Chicago


This position is responsible for the development of analytical tests and characterization methods for pharmaceutical formulation, process, and specification development. The Scientist II, Analytical Development will work with formulation scientists seeking to develop various therapeutic drug formulations incorporating XeriSol and XeriJect technologies.  The Scientist II, Analytical Development will also support Quality Control and CMC with respect to establishing product specifications, stability programs, material qualification, method validation and process validation.


  • Develop specific and selective chromatographic methods (HPLC, UHPLC, LCMS) for use in characterizing prototype pharmaceutical formulations. Methods, where applicable, should be compatible with mass selective/mass spectroscopic detection. 
  • Develop or source other methods (e.g. NMR, particle analysis, etc.) required for supporting formulation development, stability, product quality and characterization.
  • Direct the design requirements/capabilities of new technologies required to support new product testing.
  • Collaborate with Pharmaceutical Development Scientists to design adequate stability/characterization protocols for new products for toxicology, bioavailability and early stage clinical support.
  • Keep current with relevant literature and industry standards as applicable to research areas.
  • Oversee the implementation of compendial monographs and procedures (USP, EP, etc.).
  • Perform the duties as required for Reference Standard programs, instrument maintenance/ calibration and Stability Programs (internal and external).
  • Configure and operate laboratory instruments, including HPLC, LCMS, Karl Fischer Titrator, etc.
  • Read and record instrument data, tabulate data, and keep detailed laboratory records.
  • Draft Standard Operating Procedures (SOP’s) for advanced laboratory equipment (HPLC/UHPLC-MS) operation and maintenance.
  • Manage external contract laboratories for methods development/characterization.
  • Assume a lead SME role in analytical chemistry related team roles and responsibilities (internal and external projects).
  • Write development reports for internal reference, relevant sections of IND, NDA and other regulatory documentation.


  • A graduate degree in analytical chemistry (M.S. or Ph.D.) with a minimum of 3-5 years of relevant industrial pharmaceutical experience. A Ph.D. with relevant academic research experience may substitute for some industrial experience. Alternatively, a B.S. in Chemistry with 5-10 years of method development experience in an industrial pharmaceutical laboratory. 
  • Demonstrate understanding of modern chromatographic methods and theory, especially the chromatographic methods and theory for proteins and Biologics
  • Hands-on experience and expertise with Mass Spectroscopic detectors coupled with HPLC or UHPLC.
  • Ability to work independently as well as in a team.
  • Prior experience with successful regulatory submissions (IND/NDA/BLA) and commercial method support a strong positive
  • Ability to draft routine reports and maintain accurate and detailed records of work performed.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Productivity software (Excel, Word, etc), Agilent ChemStation, and common statistical software like JMP and Minitab.
  • Competencies: Teamwork & Collaboration, Attention to Detail, Self-Starter, Analytical skills, Problem Solving, Organizational skills, Adaptability, Professionalism, Written and Verbal Communications

Working Conditions:

  • Must be able to stand for extended periods of time.
  • Must be able to lift 25 lbs. or more.
  • Adequate vision (corrected or uncorrected) to read fine instruments such as calipers, instrument displays, etc., and perform visual inspection for defects.
  • Position works with potentially hazardous chemicals and active pharmaceutical ingredients. May require periodic evening and weekend work, as necessary to meet company deadlines.
  • Position may include periodic travel (domestic and international).

As an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer, Xeris Pharmaceuticals, Inc. does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, genetics or any other characteristic protected by law.  It is our intention that all qualified applications are given equal opportunity and that selection decisions be based on job-related factors.


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