Senior Chemist

Location: Devens, MA
Country: United States
Company Order Number: 9067
Job Family: Quality
# of openings: 1


Johnson Matthey, a FTSE 100 company, is a global leader in sustainable technologies specializing in catalysis, precious metal products, chemicals and process technology. With operations in over 30 countries, we employ more than 13,000 people. Johnson Matthey uses science to make the world cleaner and healthier. Over the past two centuries we have built our reputation and place as a global leader through quality, integrity, and innovation. Today, more than 93% of the group's sales come from products and services which provide sustainability benefits through the positive impact they have on the environment, resource efficiency and human health.


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 Senior Chemist position requires the application of chemistry expertise, prior experiences, understanding of Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs), knowledge of manufacturing environments and laboratory techniques and procedures in the execution of experiments to deliver process research and development projects on target with quantity, quality, timeline, and safety expectations.


Key Responsibilities

  • Independently performs scientific experiments aimed at optimizing and developing the necessary understanding of chemical processes to enable larger scale manufacturing of APIs.
  • Performs routine and most complex laboratory analyses and experiments with little to no supervision.
  • Applies appropriate laboratory and process safety equipment and techniques in the course of research and development experiments.
  • Evaluates and detects problems with chemical processes and contributes ideas and suggestions in developing methods and techniques for solutions to those problems based on literature research, consultation with the project team and project lead and prior experience.
  • Develops understanding of when and how to apply the appropriate analytical techniques to generate data that support the necessary level of understanding of chemical processes such as NMR, HPLC, UV, GC, LC-MS, DSC, XRPD and KF.
  • Proficient with understanding Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs) and with how GMPs apply to the development of a process. 
  • Documents experiments and results in laboratory notebooks or other designated forms.
  • Independently prepares scientific reports and documents and presents findings to the project team and clients.
  • Participates in project management activities including: purchasing materials and creating and continually assessing objectives for timelines, budgets, and project goals.
  • May provide guidance and training to various levels of more junior chemists.
  • Follows all Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).
  • To carry out any other duties which are within the employee’s skills and abilities whenever reasonably instructed.
  • While performing the duties of this job it is required to stand, walk, and use hands to operate objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands or arms; climb, balance, stoop, kneel, or crouch when necessary for job activity.
  • Must be able to lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.
  • Specific vision abilities include: near, distance, peripheral, color perception, and the ability to adjust focus.
  • Regularly works with moving mechanical parts and may work with toxic or caustic chemicals.  The work may be performed in humid areas with low or high temperatures.


Are you the ideal candidate?

  • BS in Organic Chemistry or equivalent with 6-10 of process development related experience in a pharmaceutical industry.
  • MS in Organic Chemistry or equivalent with 4-8 years of process development related experience in a pharmaceutical industry.
  • Experience with common analytical techniques such as: NMR, HPLC, UV, GC, LC-MS, DSC, XRPD and KF.
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  • Experience with Design of Experiments (DoE)
  • Knowledge of MS Project. Experience in establishing integrated plans with resource and task constraints.

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