Scientific Director-Oral Formulation Research

Category:  Research

Måløv, Capital Region of Denmark, DK


Are you an innovator experienced in strategically establishing and progressing research projects in oral formulation? Would you like to drive the science, generate concepts, and build networks for addressing unmet medical needs? Apply now for joining our growing department and embrace our journey to innovate and discover new pioneering technology of oral solid dosage forms.


The position

Oral drug delivery is a key component of our company’s strategy, and your role as Scientific Director is pertinent for us to progress. You will be part of a cross-functional team in which scientific goals require contributions from many highly specialized colleagues across Research & Early Development. You will help defining scientific direction and catalyse technological innovations for the department. Your main responsibility will be to generate novel concepts and mature strategies in order to drive our oral formulation research forward. The day to day activities will involve networking, evaluation/planning, execution, and translation from ideation into research. The innovation and scientific leadership are vital parts of your role, working across functions and people to develop both our portfolio and our organization.

As a Scientific Director you will furthermore:

  • Drive innovative research with a highly business strategic fit, global mindset, and cross-functional focus.
  • Oversee the strategy and execution of research studies to evaluate formulations, drug delivery system, and early drug product process development.
  • Serve as a scientific expert and technical resource across the function.
  • Develop new technologies to advance state of the art oral formulations, early drug product processes, and delivery systems for oral drug products.
  • Be an effective communicator of ideas, project goals and results to team members across functional roles/areas. Proactively identify internal and external business opportunities and develop solutions and best practices in a collaborative multidisciplinary environment.



You hold a relevant PhD degree in Life Sciences (pharmaceutical sciences or other relevant discipline) and have minimum 10 years of relevant pharmaceutical experience, including oral solid dosage forms and as well as a history of driving strategical innovation forward.

Furthermore, to be a successful candidate we expect:

  • Expertise within tablet formulation or other solid dosage forms and related processes.
  • Proven track record of driving innovative strategic initiatives across functional areas.
  • Effective collaboration and networking skills to forge strong relationships and alliances at all levels, internally & externally.
  • High influencing skills and holistic organizational view to effectively interact with internal and external partners to drive efficient evaluation and execution of the opportunities.
  • Strong record of publishing primary research in high-impact, peer-reviewed journals of international scientific reputation.
  • Fluency in written and spoken English.

As a person, you are driven by the basic tenet of science – to take on something that people think can’t be done, and to go way beyond where we are today. You have the big picture in mind, are challenging the status quo, you think out of the box and are strongly motivated to explore new ideas and methods in driving innovation for the benefit of our patients.

In exchange we not only offer excellent multicultural work environment but also solid relocation package, very attractive healthcare, pension, competitive salary, bonus scheme and multiple other benefits.


About the department

At Oral Formulation Research in Måløv, Denmark, you’ll join an international, ambitious, and collaborative early research team. Our shared goal is to develop peptide and protein formulation concepts to enable oral drug delivery for type 2 diabetes as well as other chronic diseases. Long-term thinking drives our activities, and our research unit has been designed to provide the best scientific environment for the discovery and development of breakthrough medicines. Here, you’ll find the culture of ingenuity necessary to develop the next generation of life-saving therapies. Oral drug delivery is a key component of our company’s future strategy, and we enjoy the full backing from top management that comes with it.

Want to know more? Click here to meet Maria, Philip, Jian and hear more about how we work in Oral Formulation Research.


Working at Novo Nordisk

We are a proud life-science company, and life is our reason to exist. We’re inspired by life in all its forms and shapes, ups and downs, opportunities and challenges. For employees at Novo Nordisk, life means many things – from the building blocks of life that form the basis of ground-breaking scientific research, to our rich personal lives that motivate and energise us to perform our best at work. Ultimately, life is why we’re all here - to ensure that people can lead a life independent of chronic disease.



For further information please contact Tina Bjeldskov Pedersen (+45 3075 1811) or Stephen Buckley (+45 3079 4609).



30 November 2021

Please note that applications will be assessed on an ongoing basis and therefore the advert may close before the recruitment process is completed if we have proceeded with candidates to the screening or interview phase.


Millions rely on us
To work for Novo Nordisk you will need the skills, dedication and ambition to change lives for the better for millions of patients living with diabetes and other chronic diseases. In exchange, we offer the chance to be part of a truly global workplace, where passion and engagement are met with opportunities for professional and personal development.