At Elanco (NYSE: ELAN) – it all starts with animals!


As a global leader in animal health, we are dedicated to innovation and delivering products and services to prevent and treat disease in farm animals and pets. We’re driven by our vision of ‘Food and Companionship Enriching Life’ and our approach to sustainability – the Elanco Healthy Purpose™ – to advance the health of animals, people, the planet and our enterprise.


At Elanco, we pride ourselves on fostering a diverse and inclusive work environment. We believe that diversity is the driving force behind innovation, creativity, and overall business success. Here, you’ll be part of a company that values and champions new ways of thinking, work with dynamic individuals, and acquire new skills and experiences that will propel your career to new heights.


Making animals’ lives better makes life better – join our team today!


Your Role: Principal Scientist – Dissolution and Method Development


As the Principal Scientist – Dissolution and Method Development, you will support Elanco’s Technical Development (TD) organization and report to the Head of Analytical Development SMTD (Small Molecule Technical Development). This position is broadly responsible for analytical development activities of animal health products with a concentrated expertise in dissolution control strategy. As part of technical development teams, the role is expected to support drug development with a diverse range of responsibilities.


Your Responsibilities:

  • Develop and deliver relevant dissolution methods and specifications, ensuring compliance with industrial (GxP) and regulatory requirements (VICH/ICH).
  • Interpret results, evaluate data, and draw relevant conclusions.
  • Report and present scientific/technical results internally, create external publications, and present at scientific conferences.
  • Write or support the generation of international registration documents and interact with global health authorities.
  • Partner with manufacturing and regulatory representatives to drive drug product commercialization activities and technical submissions.
  • Solve problems related to dissolution, cooperate within interdisciplinary and international teams, and support ensuring launch readiness for analytical activities including transfer of methods to commercial organizations.
  • Drive the evaluation and implementation of new technologies in the field of dissolution, applying the latest scientific thinking in dissolution testing to help bring new drug products to market.
  • Oversee dissolution strategy, identify future capability needs, and support the identification and selection of Contract Research/Development/Manufacturing Organizations (CRO/CDMO).
  • Provide technical oversight of CRO/CDMO development work.
  • Interact with regulatory agencies (e.g., FDA/CVM, EMA) on dissolution topics.


What You Need to Succeed (minimum qualifications):

  • Education: PhD in Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Sciences, or a related field, with a minimum of 7 years of experience in pharmaceutical development (preferably analytics), ideally with experience in various dosage forms. M.S. in related field with a minimum of 12 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry, or B.S. in related field with a minimum of 16 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry.
  • Experience: Strong expertise in chromatographic (HPLC/UPLC) and spectroscopic (UV/VIS) method development, and recognized expertise in dissolution particularly with USP Apparatus II (Paddles) and IV (Flow Cell).
  • Top 2 skills: Extensive knowledge of current quality and regulatory requirements for new drug products, and a demonstrated track record of interactions with regulatory agencies (e.g., FDA/CVM, EMA) on dissolution topics.


What will give you a competitive edge (preferred qualifications):

  • Experience working in regulated environments (e.g., GMP).
  • Experience in Analytical method development in areas outside of dissolution.
  • Proven scientific leadership skills.
  • Strong collaborator with the ability to positively impact interdisciplinary and international teams.
  • Strong problem-solving skills including strategic and creative thinking.


Additional Information:

  • Travel: Approximately 10% travel required.
  • Location: Greenfield, Indiana. Hybrid Work Environment. NEW HQ COMING IN INDIANAPOLIS, IN Q1 2025!


Don’t meet every single requirement? Studies have shown underrepresented groups are less likely to apply to jobs unless they meet every single qualification. At Elanco, we are dedicated to building a diverse and inclusive work environment. If you think you might be a good fit for a role but don’t necessarily meet every requirement, we encourage you to apply. You may be the right candidate for this role or other roles!


Elanco Benefits and Perks:

We offer a comprehensive benefits package focusing on financial, physical, and mental well-being while encouraging our employees to pursue our purpose! Some highlights include:

  • Multiple relocation packages
  • Two weeklong shutdowns (mid-summer and year-end) in the US (in addition to PTO)
  • 8-week parental leave
  • 9 Employee Resource Groups
  • Annual bonus offering
  • Flexible work arrangements
  • Up to 6% 401K matching


Elanco is an EEO/Affirmative Action Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, protected veteran status, disability or any other legally protected status