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Cambrex High Point Chemical Development Scientist I in Charles City, Iowa

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You Matter to Cambrex.

Cambrex is a leading global contract development and manufacturing organization (CDMO) that provides drug substance, drug product, and analytical services across the entire drug lifecycle. With more than 40 years of experience and a growing team of over 2,400 professionals servicing global clients, Cambrex is a trusted partner in branded and generic markets for API and dosage form development and manufacturing.

Your Work Matters.

At Cambrex, we strive to build a culture where all colleagues have the opportunity to:

  • engage in work that matters to our customers and the patients they serve

  • learn new skills and enjoy new experiences in an engaging and safe environment

  • strengthen connections with coworkers and the community

    We’re committed to attracting and nurturing a passionate team of valued professionals in our fast-paced and growing company. We offer a competitive benefits package that includes medical, dental, vision, Life, LTD, retirement savings and more! Can we make this broader language, so it fits in all markets, e.g., that includes healthcare, life insurance, planning for retirement, and more!

    Your Future Matters.

    Known for our customer-focused scientific and manufacturing excellence, as well as our strong commitment to quality and safety, we offer a range of career and growth opportunities across our global network of locations. Together with our customers, we aim to improve the quality of life for patients around the world. Start a career where You Matter by applying today!

Job Overview

Position is directed toward optimization of existing chemical routes and development of alternate chemistry toward key synthetic intermediates and APIs. Carries out multistep chemical synthesis and product isolation/purification operations in the laboratory, independently or as part of an integrated team. Chemist utilizes modern analytical tools to determine identity and purity of products made during projects. Communication with clients in regular team meetings; prepares R&D reports at the conclusion of projects.


Essential Functions /principal accountabilities

  • Carry out multistep organic syntheses, isolation, and purification of targeted products under supervision or direction of a senior member of the team.

  • Must possess a basic understanding of modern organic synthesis methodologies.

  • The chemist must have a fundamental understanding of modern analytical and spectroscopic techniques and may possess the ability to interpret the corresponding data and spectra.

  • Must demonstrate a proficiency to carry out laboratory syntheses and purification techniques on scales ranging from milligrams to several kilograms.

  • Require minimal supervision and be able to coordinate project activities and resource usage.

  • Demonstrate ability to write comprehensive reports at the conclusion of projects for internal and customer use.

  • With manager input, assist in advising clients on key regulatory guidance.

  • Work to ensure that a spirit of teamwork and cooperation always exists within the group.

  • Conduct laboratory operations in a safe manner. Maintain familiarity with the company’s chemical hygiene plan. Exhibit safety awareness and safe work practices.

  • Work closely with manufacturing and GMP operations to coordinate project related equipment and activities.

  • This position works with and handles hazardous materials and wastes. Must have the appropriate qualifications to read, understand, apply, and communicate written and verbal information regarding handling and managing hazardous wastes. Training is required within six months of assuming duty and once a year thereafter. Responsible for recognizing emergency situations concerning hazardous materials and wastes.

    All employees are required to adhere to DEA, EPA, FDA and cGMP regulations as they relate to the operation of the Company; and to adhere to all company safety rules and procedures. All employees are expected to report to work regularly and promptly. Other duties relating to departmental mission, not specifically detailed in this section may be assigned.

Education, Experience & Licensing Requirements

Education/knowledge requirements

  • M.S. in Chemistry or related field with no experienced required or B.S. degree in Chemistry or related field with 3 years of experience in lab environment, pharmaceutical experience preferred.

  • Hands on experience in pharmaceutical/chemical process development.

  • Excellent verbal and written communication/interpersonal skills, organizational skills, and the ability to work in a diverse team environment are essential.

    Position COMPETENCIES:

  • Organic Chemistry Knowledge: Basic understanding of the Principles of Organic Chemistry

  • Cross Discipline Knowledge: Industrial exposure to cross functional technical departments, including analytical chemistry

  • GMP/Regulatory Knowledge: Basic understanding of GMP; With manager assistance, beginning to understand how to answer client inquires related to SOP or regulatory guidance

  • Instrumentation: Basic understanding of key analytical R&D equipment, can operate independently once instructed

  • Communication: Good written and oral communication skills, demonstration of successful interdepartmental communication

  • Problem Solving: Ability to support laboratory investigations with manager support

  • Time Management: Reasonable ability to handle one or more tasks or projects, often with supervision

  • Leadership: Shares ideas with peers

  • Technical Documentation and Review: Ability to write technical documents with assistance, keep current lab notebook while practicing GDP

  • External Influence: Occasionally participates in internal project team meetings, as needed; demonstrated ability to work within a team matrix

  • Industry Credibility and Rapport: Known as a solid scientific contributor within the department/group

  • Operational Excellence: Demonstrated interest in improvement of operational aspects of the group/team

  • Change Orientation: Provides constructive feedback for Cambrex initiatives

    Cambrex is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer and will consider all qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran status, or disability status.

    Cambrex Charles City offers an extraordinary opportunity, a competitive salary, and an exceptional benefits package including medical, dental, vision care and prescription, life, LTD, STD; 401(k) with employer match; tuition reimbursement; and the ‘Arthur I. Mendolia Scholarship Program.’ Relocation assistance will be offered for this position.