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Production Scientist I, Organic Synthesis Chemist

Thermo Fisher Scientific
Loves Park, IL
Closing date
Feb 13, 2024

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Science, Chemistry, General Chemistry
Organization Type
Job Description

The Production Scientist I, Organic Synthesis Chemist is responsible for efficient multi-step organic synthesis, purification and formulation at the small, medium and large scales to achieve production goals relative to Safety, Quality, Delivery and Cost. The chemist will often work under the guidance of senior personnel. All operations are conducted with an emphasis on safety and within the guidelines and requirements of ISO and 5-S / Lean production environments. This position has not been approved for relocation.

Key Responsibilities:
  • Completion of weekly production work orders
  • Process documentation is maintained in the form of batch record sheets, reports and lab notebooks and the technician must contribute to and foster the development of a healthy cooperative environment.
  • Assisting more senior chemists with their work
  • Collection and bulking of hazardous waste for the Rockford site.
  • Using appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) including a respirator (when required)
  • Perform the water and solvent washing of chromatography resins/gels.
  • Support large scale production (10, 30-, 50-, 100- and 300-gallon reactors). Loading reactors, drum handling, large scale solids handling, filtration, and centrifugation.
  • Support medium scale production (1 liter to 72-liter reaction flasks). Set-up and use of medium scale (22, 50 and 72 liters) glass apparatus, large scale rotary evaporation
  • Perform analysis of compounds and reaction mixtures using common methods:
  • Involvement in process improvement and development of production and test methods
  • Participate on cross-functional project teams.
  • Occasional assistance in other departments such as the formulations lab and packaging may be required.
  • Completing metrology work orders as assigned
  • Other duties include cleaning, assembling and disassembling equipment, involvement in process development, occasional assistance in other departments such as the formulations lab and packaging.
  • Other projects / duties as assigned.
Required Qualifications:
  • B.S. or B.A. in Chemistry, preferably from an ACS (American Chemical Society) accredited program
  • A thorough understanding of chemistry at the undergraduate level
  • Experience with general laboratory techniques such as distillation, filtration, closed transfer, reaction chemistry, crystallization, rotary evaporators, vacuum pumps/ovens and small/large scale glassware.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • 1-4 years' experience preferred.
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
  • Analysis techniques such as TLC, pH, GC, GCMS, NMR, IR
  • Ability to work with moisture sensitive materials.
  • Ability to safely handle flammable solvents.
  • Mechanical aptitude
  • Ability to routinely lift 40 lbs.
  • Use moderately heavy equipment such as drum carts, gas cylinders, balances and filled carboys.
  • Must be flexible to work occasional off-shift or weekend hours as needed (most likely on a limited basis)
  • Ability to travel as requested (most likely on a limited basis)
  • Associates in this position may as part of their job activities generate or manage hazardous waste as defined by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency
  • Individuals in this position are required to receive initial hazardous waste training within the first 30 working days of assignment.
  • The initial waste training shall include but not be limited to the following general categories: identifying hazardous and solid waste, hazardous waste management, recycling, treatment and disposal, emergency preparedness and record keeping and pollution prevention and waste reduction.
  • Following initial training the Associate in this position will receive annual refresher training in the same topic field as listed above.
  • Proficient in PC applications, including Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills for effective interpersonal interactions and to sell initiatives and proposals.
  • Good writing skills for preparing specifications, experimental plans, and operating procedures.
  • Must contribute to and foster the development of a healthy cooperative environment.
  • Must be a flexible team player capable of carrying multiple projects simultaneously and wearing many different hats depending on the situation and circumstances.

Our Mission is to enable our customers to make the world healthier, cleaner and safer. Watch as our colleagues explain 5 reasons to work with us. As one team of 100,000+ colleagues, we share a common set of values - Integrity, Intensity, Innovation and Involvement - working together to accelerate research, solve complex scientific challenges, drive technological innovation and support patients in need.

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We offer driven remuneration, annual incentive plan bonus scheme, healthcare, company pension/retirement, and a range of employee benefits! Thermo Fisher Scientific offers employment with an innovative, forward-thinking organization, and outstanding career and development prospects. We offer an exciting company culture that stands for integrity, intensity, involvement, and innovation.

Thermo Fisher Scientific is an EEO/Affirmative Action Employer and does not discriminate based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, or any other legally protected status. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided a reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform critical job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request an accommodation.

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