Formulations Technician I

Gaithersburg, MD
May 10, 2022
Required Education
High School or equivalent
Position Type
Full time

Job Title:

Formulations Technician I


B.S. or B.A. degree in Biology, Life sciences, Chemistry or Science field, with an emphasis in Chemistry, or High School diploma/equivalent and 12 months appropriate chemistry/pharmacy experience, preferred.  Additional experience may substitute for lack of High School diploma.  College level courses may substitute for 6 months experience.

Strong attention to detail.

Proficiency with the metric system and ability to perform mathematical calculations

Familiarity with basic computer applications such as email, MS Word and Excel.


Corporate Responsibilities:

  • Adherence to laboratory health and safety
  • Adherence to Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)
  • Adherence to applicable company policies and guidelines 
  • Adherence to federal and/or local regulations as applicable

 Essential Position Responsibilities:

  • Learns how to review study protocol and ensure study formulations and data for pre-clinical research studies are conducted in accordance with established protocols, SOPs, GLPs, and other pertinent regulatory requirements.
  • Learns to serve as head technician for a basic study, and learns to performs protocol review in preparation for and attends PI meetings.  
  • Learns how to generate study forms and worksheets.
  • Receives extensive training in various formulations procedures including vehicle preparation, preparation of solutions and suspensions, capsule preparation and sample collection.
  • Learns to perform and document formulation preparations.  
  • Learns to perform calculations for dose concentration, and batch sizes.
  • Learns to use laboratory equipment appropriate for assigned tasks.
  • Learns the process of formulation review and delivery for prepared test materials.

 Additional Position Responsibilities: (if applicable)

  • Learns to recognize deviations, informs appropriately and documents with assistance.
  • Learns to plan assigned workload on a daily basis and effectively schedule multiple assignments.
  • Learns to review own data and identifies potential problems.
  • Identifies process improvements and may write SOPs with assistance.
  • May assist experienced technicians with more advance preparations.
  • Safely work with potentially hazardous substances including potential/known teratogens, carcinogens and/or radiolabeled test materials.
  • Ability to function effectively in a team-oriented atmosphere and work independently when necessary.
  • Assists in responding to QA audits.
  • Learn to perform general laboratory support functions such as supply inventory, shipping procedures, or data maintenance.     
  • May be required to demonstrate a learned technique or procedure to an untrained individual.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Additional Requirements:

  • Overtime, weekend and holiday work as required.
  • Ability to lift at least 50 lbs.
  • Effective written and oral communication skills.
  • Work requires passing pulmonary function test, annual physical and the use of other PPE (personal protective equipment) 
  • Work requires some standing and sitting for long periods of time, including working within a laboratory hood and at standing bench top.
  • Intricate work with hands

Professional Responsibilities: (if applicable)

  • Prepares and submits a current resume for file.