Analytical R&D Scientist I

Alexza Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

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Mountain View, CA

Job Description

As posted by the hiring company

Job Overview:


  • With minimal supervision, exercise technical discretion in the design, execution and interpretation of experiments that contribute to the advancement of development programs.
  • Conduct research and development on various drug/device interactions as part of the inhalation drug delivery and device development process.
  • Investigate the feasibility of applying a wide variety of scientific principles and concepts to potential inventions, products and problems.
  • Prepare accurate, detailed technical reports, summaries, and protocols. Present scientific results to internal and external audiences as oral presentations, reports, manuscripts, and or posters.
  • May provide guidance and support to junior staff.
  • Maintain familiarity with current scientific literature and keep track of latest developments related to assigned research projects.

Skills required

  • Broad knowledge of principles and hands-on experience in LC, GC and MS method development for small molecule drugs in a pharmaceutical research and development environment.
  • Knowledge of GMP and GLP requirements
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment on multiple projects within milestone-driven timelines, with creative problem solving.
  • Must have strong attention to detail, and excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, particularly the ability to collaborate well with both internal and external staff.
  • Strong technical aptitude, and works on complex problems requiring evaluation of various factors.
  • High level of initiative and exercises proficient judgment to advance projects. 

Education and experience

  • B.S. minimum 5 years or M.S. minimum 3-4 years or Ph.D. minimum 1-2 years 
  • Minimum of 1-2 years of experience in pharmaceutical research and development
  • Background in chemistry or chemical engineering

 Physical Requirements

  • Prolonged periods of sitting at a desk and working on a computer
  • Potentially prolonged periods standing
  • Must be able to lift up to 15 pounds at times
  • Must be willing to travel