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US-IL-Urbana: Chemist in Biotech

Date: 21-Jun-2011
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Chemist in Biotech

' Prepare samples in air and under inert gas (glove box) ' Operate X-ray powder diffractometer, particle size and surface area analysis instrumentation, Atomic Absorbtion (Flame AA), ICP-MS, spectrophotometer, Karl-Fischer, auto-titrator, other solid state analytical characterization techniques as well as chromatographic equipment ' Perform preventive maintenance and calibrations as necessary to ensure continued accurate operation of instrumentation. ' Ensure quality specifications for final product. Document results and observations as defined in department guidelines ' Performs procedures independently and accurately, bringing forth suggestions to change protocols as needed for management review ' Communicate with external and internal customers regarding QC/analytical issues and serve as a technical resource ' Train newly hired employees and/or assist in cross-training current employees ' Perform basic inorganic chemistry lab operations if necessary ' Serve on committees that will improve department, site, or Company performance focusing on safety, inventory, output, costs, and other related issues ' Recheck results for OOS (out-of-specification), select alternate test methods and request management assistance as necessary ' Create and maintain calibration logs and document training records ' Lead department operations when supervisor is absent or lead an assigned chemist or technician to complete analytical tasks. The time spend on this function may increase beyond 10%, in which case, the amount of time producing analytical results or developing test methods will be reduced ' Assist in scheduling duties, assigning duties, and making sure duties are complete as necessary. ' Perform miscellaneous duties and tasks as necessary ' Exemplary attendance and adherence to schedule


Education: Minimum BS in Chemistry (MS preferred) or equivalent relevant experience.

Experience: Over 1 year up to 3 years experience required. Requires previous lab experience with a strong background in analytical methods and/or chemical production.

Essential and Critical Skills: Effective oral and communication skills required. Demonstrates knowledge of chemistry and is able to use this knowledge to independently solve problems and improve procedures. Experience in solid state analytical characterization techniques essential. Good understanding of instrumentation. Working knowledge of quality management systems including ISO 9000 desired

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