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Organic Chemist

Chemical Abstracts Service, a Division of the American Chemical Society
Columbus, OH
Closing date
Sep 24, 2022

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Science, Chemistry, Organic Chemistry
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CAS uses intuitive technology, unparalleled scientific content and unmatched human expertise to help companies create groundbreaking innovations that benefit the world. As the scientific information solutions division of the American Chemical Society, CAS manages the largest curated reservoir of scientific knowledge, and for 115 years, has helped innovators mine, assess and apply that information to keep businesses thriving. The CAS team is global, diverse, endlessly curious and strives to make scientific insights accessible to innovators worldwide.

CAS is currently seeking an Organic Chemist. This position will be based in our headquarters in Columbus, OH.

Join a team of dedicated scientists at CAS who blend technical and scientific expertise to help build the world's most authoritative collections of chemical, biological, and related information. As an integral part of the Content Operations team, you will leverage your knowledge and specialized training to curate high-quality research data from the world's patent literature to build the most current and complete digital environment for scientific insight and discovery, benefitting the whole scientific community. Together, we are improving people's lives through the transforming power of chemistry by advancing the broader chemistry enterprise and its practitioners for the benefit of Earth and its people.

Position Summary

The Organic chemist applies scientific expertise, analytical skills, problem solving capabilities, and relevant language skills to help build CAS's world-class collection of Markush structures. They leverage their expertise to curate high-quality research data from patent authorities in their area of scientific expertise and across a diversity of scientific domains. The incumbent may also provide scientific and content knowledge, capabilities, insights, and solutions for other CAS functions.

Specific Responsibilities

The Organic Chemist analyzes, collects, and curates the valuable chemical structure data disclosed in patent publications, utilizing CAS indexing policies and their expertise. Leveraging their technical knowledge and applicable language skills, they extract key insights and build the CAS Content Collection. Specific responsibilities include Markush analysis of patents and indexing Markush structures in a production environment.


* An advanced degree in organic chemistry or related scientific field. Alternatively, a bachelor's degree with 1-3 years of related work experience.
* Asian language skill (especially Chinese) is preferred.
* Excellent scientific reading comprehension and writing skills.
* Strong learning aptitude, including the ability to quickly learn and apply complex scientific concepts, policies, and technology tools. Ability to apply learnings to new situations and to glean relevant insights.
* Solutions focused with an aim towards continuous improvement and growth.
* Strong attention to detail and ability to work both independently and as part of a team.
* Ability to manage time effectively and prioritize responsibilities.
* Proficiency with Microsoft Office including Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint applications. Aptitude and interest for learning and using various web-based and/or proprietary computer applications including, but not limited to video conferencing, instant messaging, and document sharing software.
* Ability to proactively collaborate, communicate and share knowledge with peers with diverse backgrounds.
* Strong work ethic

CAS offers a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package, including a generous vacation plan, medical, dental, vision insurance plans, and employee savings and retirement plans. Candidates for this position must be authorized to work in the United States and not require work authorization sponsorship by our company for this position now or in the future. EEO/Minority/Female/Disabled/Veteran.
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