Senior Scientist, Biological targeting and delivery technologies (NM) – Orion oyj, Turku



Orion Corporation is a globally operating Finnish pharmaceutical company – a builder of well-being. Orion develops, manufactures and markets human and veterinary pharmaceuticals and active pharmaceutical ingredients. 

Job description

We are looking for a professional with a strong background in delivery technologies especially for large molecules for CNS and oncology targets to establish technology platform for these technologies in Turku, Finland. In order to drive successfully our internal drug discovery programs your primary responsibilities will include designing, planning, executing and troubleshooting of lipid based delivery vehicles including physico-chemical characterization, stability studies, PK and PD studies. Together with Biologics function other option like bispecific antibodies fusion proteins and aptamers are on the scope as well. You contribute actively to development of analytical methods for thorough characterization of delivery vehicles. Much of the progress is done in the laboratory and you will therefore have a good possibility to do a lot of hands-on laboratory work. As a senior scientist, evaluation and supporting discovery collaborations and CRO activities on you competence area is a part of your job description.

Description of the unit

Orion’s pharmaceutical innovations are created within its R&D organization, including e.g. non-clinical research, clinical development, formulation development and medical affairs. The organization employs top professionals in the field of drug molecule development and optimization.

The newly established Biologics and New Modalities team is part of our R&D organization and it is responsible for bringing as new treatment modalities for Orion’s pipeline covering therapeutic nucleotides, delivery technologies and gene therapy. Adding the possibility to modulate the target with either small or large molecules enables us to choose the right target and then use the best modalities to modulate the target protein in order to create the best value for patients. To fulfill this exciting task the New Modalities function is strengthened by recruiting new R&D experts with a track record of on advanced therapy modalities. The function is currently to set up and you have a great opportunity to be part of developing our processes.

We offer

We offer exciting opportunities to create and have an impact to the future therapies for patients.

In Orion we have a highly interesting R&D pipeline and enthusiastic working environment with opportunities to use your own strengths to build your competence development and career. As an expert of your own field you will be a member of multi-disciplinary team jointly innovating and developing new treatments for the patients. Appreciation of colleagues and continuous development are part of our core values.  The culture of Orion R&D is informal and we enjoy working together.

We are passionate about the patient welfare and serve as The Voice of Science and the Patient – if this inspires you too – join us!


To succeed in this senior scientist role you should have a PhD in biology, pharmacy or biophysics with a track record of developing drug delivery vehicles and thorough hands-on experience of laboratory work and several years of working experience from pharma industry in developing novel solutions for large drug molecule delivery for CNS indications. You have thorough working knowledge and understanding of nanoparticle or liposomal delivery formulations.

Since you have a central role in implementing these new delivery technologies to our portfolio patience and willingness to create new things is a must. The role includes collaboration within Orion and with various collaborators therefore strong communication skills and an ability to convince your audience is an asset.

Contact information

Would you like to know more about the position? Please contact Jyrki Lehtimäki, Senior Manager Strategic Development, +358509667478. He is best available during the following times (Finnish times): 1st November at 14-15 pm and 6th November at 9-10 am or 15-16 pm. Please send us your application by November 17th.

Orion Corporation operates in more than 25 countries, where we Orionees, 3200 in total, work in all kinds of positions. We encourage people to develop their competences, and offer opportunities to affect own job description and create own career path at Orion.