Location: Devens, MA
Country: United States
Company Order Number: 7907
Job Family: R&D
# of openings: 1


Entry level position for process research and development.  A process research and development chemist is responsible for enabling the manufacturing of Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (APIs) on larger scales in a safe and reliable manner through creating an understanding of how chemical processes work and how those chemical processes will translate from a laboratory to a manufacturing environment.  The Chemist position requires the application of basic chemistry knowledge and standard laboratory techniques and procedures as well as an ability to make keen observations and learn how to solve more complex technical issues.


Key responsibilities

  • Performs scientific experiments aimed at optimizing and developing the necessary understanding of chemical processes to enable larger scale manufacturing of APIs.
  • Develops an understanding of laboratory and process safety equipment and techniques.
  • Applies basic chemistry knowledge to solve simple process development problems without instruction and receives guidance on new assignments or more complex problems from a senior team member or supervisor.
  • Becomes familiar with the variety of analytical techniques used to generate data that support the appropriate level of understanding of chemical processes such as NMR, HPLC, UV, GC, LC-MS, DSC, XRPD and KF.
  • Develops an understanding of Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs).
  • Documents experiments and results in laboratory notebooks or other designated forms.
  • Prepares summary reports on findings with guidance from a senior team member or supervisor.
  • Presents scientific results and observations to team leader and participates in client conferences and meetings.
  • Gains an understanding of project management activities including: purchasing of materials and meeting timelines, budgets, and project goals. 
  • Learns and follows all Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).
  • To carry out any other duties which are within the employee’s skills and abilities whenever reasonably instructed.


Are you the ideal candidate?

  • BS in Organic Chemistry or equivalent with 0-5 years related experience in industry.
  • MS in Organic Chemistry or equivalent with 0-3 years related experience in industry.
  • Experience with common analytical techniques such as: HPLC, GC, NMR, UV, LC-MS.
  • Ability to read, analyze, and interpret English-language chemical periodicals, scientific journals, and regulatory documents.
  • Ability to write clear and concise technical reports.
  • Demonstrate ability to exercise good judgment and make decisions with guidance from senior team members or supervisor.
  • Good understanding of Microsoft Office.
  • Good written and verbal communication skills.
  • Experience communicating effectively to peers and supervisors.

Ability to work independently and in a team environment.

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