Organic Chemist

Fortis Life Sciences
Allentown, PA
Closing date
Aug 20, 2022

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Science, Chemistry, Organic Chemistry
Organization Type
The Opportunity

Fortis Life Sciences, backed by leading global growth investor Summit Partners, is a strategic platform providing capital, expertise, and operational resources enabling the growth and success of founder-led life sciences tools companies. Fortis was founded in 2020 with the vision of creating a life sciences company for top-quality products supported by a superior customer experience. Fortis' mission is to create a healthier world tomorrow by supporting today's scientific advancement.

The Organic Chemist will work closely with the Senior Chemist at Arista Biologicals, a Fortis Life Sciences company. In this role you will be responsible for designing and creating novel bioconjugates for use in the development of new anti-hapten antibody products and as critical components of high value immunoassays. You will balance multiple projects with different priorities and internal customers and will report results to all stakeholders. The ideal candidate will have a strong background in organic chemistry, excellent analytical skills, and will be highly self-motivated. As a member of a dynamic, rapidly growing company, you will work seamlessly across departments and across sites to deliver on key business objectives.

What You'll Do
  • Develop safe, efficient, & reproducible synthetic strategies for diverse small molecule haptens.
  • Identify unique chemical epitopes and optimal presentation formats.
  • Identify and source all input materials.
  • Perform multi-step organic synthesis and ensure appropriate analytical steps are in place.
  • Perform development and production scale conjugation of haptens at different loading densities to carrier proteins such as KLH and BSA.
  • Collaborate with R&D team to support successful new product development including leveraging your chemistry expertise to suggest possible new product or service categories.
  • Ensure timely delivery of both catalog products and R&D process inputs.
  • Maintain accurate, detailed, and reliable laboratory records.
  • Follow SOPs and contribute to drafting of new SOPs and updating existing SOPs.
  • Present project plans, updates, and results to stakeholders.
  • Perform routine maintenance and prioritize scheduled service on lab instruments used for performance and analytical testing.
  • Develop and propose improved processes to fulfill the above functions.

Who You Are & What You Bring

Education / Background
  • MS or PhD Organic Chemistry preferred
  • 2+ years of industry experience, less with advanced degrees
  • Equivalent combination of education and work experience

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities
  • Demonstrated ability to understand and develop chemistry
  • Mature understanding of how to work safely and effectively with a wide range of chemical and biological samples, including sample handling, reactivity, purification and storage.
  • Experience with HPLC, MS, NMR, inert atmosphere chambers, and pipetting.
  • Experience with carbocyclic and heterocyclic chemisty, and with bio-conjugation highly desired.

What We Offer

We have an incredibly talented group of intelligent, down-to-earth individuals who are committed to developing and manufacturing only the highest quality products. Our mission: "Pursuing a Healthier World by Creating Tomorrow's Science Today" is complemented by our core values (EXCITE):

Excellence - We believe in solving for root cause. No shortcuts, no "band-aids".

Customer First - We prioritize the experience and outcomes of our customers above all.

Integrity - We are honest and accountable, holding ourselves to a high standard of ethical conduct.

Trust - We believe an engaged, empowered team begins with a foundation of trust. We trust our team members to make the right decisions and to be driven by and evaluated on results.

Entrepreneurship - We encourage smart risk taking. We value novel mistakes in the pursuit of innovation.

Fortis provides a competitive salary, success-sharing bonus plan, medical, dental, disability and life insurance, and a 401(k) plan. We are an equal opportunity employer. We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other protected characteristic. We are an E-Verify Employer in the United States.

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