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Research Associate/Scientist, Pharmaceutical Development

Purpose of Role:

This position reports to the Vice President of pharmaceutical development. The associate research associate/scientist will contribute to the ongoing efforts to develop first-in-class or best-in-class therapies for metabolic and endocrine disorders. This is an excellent opportunity for a highly driven professional to contribute and grow value of a clinical-stage pharmaceutical company.

This is not a remote position and is onsite at the Viking San Diego office.

Key Tasks & Responsibilities:

  • Work with the internal discovery team to advance discovery candidates to clinical development.
  • Provide technical support including preclinical, analytical, formulation development and clinical manufacturing/packaging activities at CDMOs.
  • Collaborate with other functions within Viking Therapeutics to develop and implement regulatory documents (e.g., specifications) for the development, manufacture, release and labeling of drug substance and clinical trial material (CTM).
  • Manage external CROs for outsourced development activities.
  • Draft and/or review nonclinical, and chemistry and manufacturing control (CMC) regulatory documents.
  • Remain current in the field via relevant scientific literature.


  • A BS/MS/PhD in analytical chemistry, organic chemistry, physical chemistry, pharmaceutical sciences, or related scientific field is required.

Professional Skills & Experience:

  • 3+ years of related industry experience in a CMC environment including drug substance and/or drug product development, production, testing and release.
  • Experience in a virtual biotech setting working with external CDMO and CRO based resources for preclinical activities, production of drug substance and drug product, testing, and CTM labeling is a plus.
  • Experience and familiarity in the CMC regulatory environment for early to mid-stage development.
  • Working knowledge and familiarity of GMP/ICH regulations required.
  • Working knowledge of quality by design and risk management is a plus. Knowledge of ICH Q8/Q9 and Q10 is preferred.
  • Team oriented professional with excellent organization, communication, leadership and problem-solving abilities.
  • Demonstrate ability to successfully coordinate multiple work streams and development efforts in a timely and economically responsible manner in a small start-up biotech company.