Temporary – Scientist, Analytical Chemistry Job at Neurocrine Bioscience – San Diego, CA

Who We Are:
At Neurocrine Biosciences, we pride ourselves on having a strong, inclusive, and positive culture based on our shared purpose and values. We know what it takes to be great, and we are as passionate about our people as we are about our purpose – to relieve patient suffering and enhance lives.

What We Do:
Neurocrine Biosciences is a neuroscience-focused, biopharmaceutical company with 28 years of experience discovering and developing life-changing treatments for people with serious, challenging and under-addressed neurological, endocrine and psychiatric disorders. The company’s diverse portfolio includes FDA-approved treatments for tardive dyskinesia, Parkinson’s disease, endometriosis* and uterine fibroids*, with three pivotal and five mid-stage clinical programs in multiple therapeutic areas. Headquartered in San Diego , Neurocrine Biosciences specializes in targeting and interrupting disease-causing mechanisms involving the interconnected pathways of the nervous and endocrine systems. (*in collaboration with AbbVie)

About the Role:
Develops and executes instrumental methods of analyses for development compounds, drug substances, raw materials, intermediates, drug product, and packaging materials to develop assays based on new and existing methodologies. Assists in developing and validating testing methodology used to control raw materials, production intermediates, and final products. Conducts work in compliance with safety and regulatory requirements. May provide analysis and evaluation of material and products at all stages of development process._
Your Contributions (include, but not limited to):

  • Develops and executes instrumental methods (e.g. HPLC, GC, TGA, DSC, MS, FTIR) of analyses for development compounds, drug substances, raw materials, intermediates, drug product, and packaging materials
  • Accurately follows established test methods, procedures, and pharmacopeia chapters (e.g. Dissolution) to generate data essential for strategic decision making
  • With supervision, plans and executes in-house stability studies for drug substance’s, intermediates, and prototype drug products
  • With supervision and as appropriate, assists/leads the development of analytical methods, investigations for out of specification, out of trend, and/or anomalous results
  • With supervision, collaboratively plans and executes cross functional studies for chemical development and formulation development
  • Recognizes and responds to unexpected or anomalous observations in all activities
  • Maintains complete and accurate records of laboratory work in conformance with company standard operating procedures (SOPs) and training
  • Provides detailed reviews of peer generated data as well as that generated from contracted service providers
  • Maintains the inventory of laboratory consumables and clean glassware
  • Coordinates vendors service calls for repair and maintenance of laboratory instruments, with training perform routine maintenance of laboratory instrumentation, maintains complete and accurate records of instrument service and repairs in conformance with company SOPs and policies
  • Performs other duties as assigned


  • BS/BA degree in chemistry or closely related field and 2+ years of pharmaceutical industry experience in an R&D/QC setting, including conducting HPLC analysis and troubleshooting, evaluating analytical data and drawing meaningful conclusions OR
  • MS/MA degree in chemistry or closely related field preferred and some similar industry experience noted above OR
  • PhD in chemistry or closely related field and some industry or relevant experience a plus
  • Proficient in using MS-Excel, MS-Word as well as data systems for computer-controlled instrumentation
  • Practical working knowledge of conducting HPLC analysis and troubleshooting
  • Some expertise in evaluating analytical data and drawing meaningful conclusions
  • Knowledge of cGMP expectations for laboratory records and quality systems
  • Ability to provide ideas for process improvements
  • Recognizes fundamental anomalies in data points and identifies issues in experiments / processes
  • Begins to understand how to think outside of the technical process and consider the impact decisions will have on the broader scientific goals
  • Strong knowledge of one scientific discipline
  • Good knowledge of scientific principles, methods and techniques
  • Good knowledge and demonstrated ability working with a variety of laboratory equipment/tools
  • Ability to work as part of a team of individuals to meet goals, tasks in a timeline driven setting
  • Good communications, problem-solving, analytical thinking skills
  • Ability to meet deadlines Good project management skills


Neurocrine Biosciences is an EEO/AA/Disability/Vets employer.

As a condition of employment with Neurocrine Biosciences, Inc. in the United States, you must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 and provide valid proof of vaccination to the company.

Job Type: Full-time

Work Location: Multiple Locations

About the Company

Company: Neurocrine Bioscience –

Company Location:  San Diego, CA

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