Specialist/Associate Principal Scientist-Oral Formulation

Category:  Research

Måløv, Capital Region of Denmark, DK


We are growing and with that growth comes flexibility, innovation, freedom and scientific drive for the life-changing benefit of patients. Are you ready to help transform treatment for a broad range of chronic diseases that currently rely on injectable based therapies? Are you passionate about development of new oral peptide and protein formulations and looking for new solutions to fight for poor permeability? Then this is your unique opportunity to join our extremely talented Oral Formulation Research department.


The position

Oral drug delivery is a key component of our company’s strategy, and your role as Specialist/Associate Principal Scientist is important for us to progress. Your main objective will be to formulate therapeutic proteins and peptides into oral solid dosage forms and participate in the development of innovative oral drug delivery systems. Innovation and scientific development are key parts of your role, handle specialist tasks of high complexity working partly in the lab, but also across functions and people to develop and optimize our research.

Working alongside talented international colleagues, you will share ideas and inspiration across different scientific areas. A part of your job will be to act as mentor for junior colleagues within field of expertise.


As a Formulation Specialist you will furthermore:

  • Demonstrate subject matter expertise with in-depth knowledge and experience.
  • Provide strong knowledge within specific processes and extensive business understanding.
  • Drive innovation and projects progression by contribution with oral formulation expertise, input to project plans, data, scientific challenges and deliberations.
  • Demonstrate good stakeholder management and cross collaboration.



You hold a relevant PhD degree in Life Science (Pharmaceutical Science, Pharmacy, Chemistry, Medical Engineering or related disciplines) and have minimum 5 years’ experience in industry or academia including a couple of years focus on early stage research.

Furthermore, to be a successful candidate we expect:

  • Expertise within areas of oral formulation and drug delivery.
  • Extensive experience in developing tablet formulations and other innovative drug delivery systems.
  • A track record of innovative research within oral formulation or drug delivery.
  • Insight into the physiology of the GI-tract.
  • Business understanding and cross functional stakeholder management competencies.

Personally, 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 apply your creativity to find solutions to the scientific challenges you encounter during your research, and you share knowledge and experience freely with other scientists, lab technicians and researchers to further our common cause.

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.

This role can be on the level of Senior Scientist or Specialist/Associate Principal. A ranking will be performed based on the individual experience level and qualification of a suitable candidate.


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

At Novo Nordisk, we don’t wait for change. We drive it. We’re a dynamic company in an even more dynamic industry, and we know that what got us to where we are today is not necessarily what will make us successful in the future. We embrace the spirit of experimentation, striving for excellence without fixating on perfection. We never shy away from opportunities to develop, we seize them. From research and development, through to manufacturing, marketing and sales – we’re all working to move the needle on patient care.



For further information please contact Tina Bjeldskov Pedersen (+45 30 75 18 11)



Please note that applications will be reviewed continuously, and interviews will be planned as soon as a suitable candidate is identified.


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We commit to an inclusive recruitment process and equality of opportunity for all our job applicants. 


At Novo Nordisk we recognize that it is no longer good enough to aspire to be the best company in the world. We need to aspire to be the best company for the world and we know that this is only possible with talented employees with diverse perspectives, backgrounds and cultures. We are therefore committed to creating an inclusive culture that celebrates the diversity of our employees, the patients we serve and communities we operate in. Together, we’re life changing.