The Associate Scientist 1 will be responsible for conducting performance testing on raw materials, drug substance intermediates, active pharmaceutical ingredients (API), and finished dosage forms (FDF). Additional responsibilities will include the creation of standard operating procedures for new or existing analytical equipment, performing preventative maintenance and calibration of analytical laboratory equipment, and assisting with interpretation of data when appropriate. The Associate Scientist 1 shall adhere to the Company's quality system including but not limited to the applicable standards, policies and procedures in the areas of responsibility defined in this job description.
Principal Responsibilities and Accountabilities:
- Perform duties on site, on time, and within the Company's normal business hours listed in the Employee Handbook. Facilitate frequent interactions with co-workers and conduct timely problem-solving meetings necessary to address critical and emerging work issues. Present a positive attitude to create and maintain productive working relationships with fellow employees and vendors.
- Perform routine analytical testing of samples supporting incoming raw materials, in-process production, and finished products (see skills for the respective levels of expertise and independence of decision making).
- Implement GXP practices when appropriate and adhere to Novan's Quality Systems in all work performed, including but not limited to, generating/updating Standard Operating Procedures for analytical test methods, assays, and instruments.
- Prepare instrument buffers, chromatography mobile phases, and reagents for daily analytical laboratory use.
- Contribute to experimental design, independently execute experimental plans, and review data while providing some interpretation.
- Communicate results and provide written reports in a timely and precise manner.
- Follow best laboratories practices, according to Novan's procedure, including maintaining updated and accurate laboratory notebooks.
- Collaborate with more experienced scientists to develop new test methods.
- May manage external testing facilities and lead internal cross training on select instrumentation.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
The following duties apply to the conduct of GLP Studies:
Be knowledgeable of the applicable GLP requirements with respect to responsibility / involvement in the study.
Relay any deviations or events that may impact the study to the Principal Investigator promptly.
Record raw data promptly and accurately.
Follow the sample analysis protocol and appropriate procedures.
- BS or MS in chemistry, chemical engineering, or related discipline.
- Typically BS and 1-2 or MS and 0-1 years of pharmaceutical industry or analytical chemistry experience directly relevant to the responsibilities of the position.
- Practical experience in all or some of the following instrumentations and techniques are desirable but not required: Empower, Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint)gas chromatography, Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy, high performance liquid chromatography, ion chromatography, ultraviolet to visible spectroscopy, viscometer, pH meter, particle size analyzers, Graphite Furnace-Atomic Absorption, basic wet chemistry, coulometric Karl Fischer titrations and Thermal Gravimetric Analyzer.
- Self-motivated team player with a strong work ethic and exceptional interpersonal skills. Excellent written and verbal communication with the ability to present results in a clear, precise, and timely manner.
- May be expected to draft test methods, memos or reports with guidance from more experienced scientists.
- Ability to make some independent decisions during sample analysis and instrument troubleshooting.
- Ability to collaborate with more experienced scientists on clearly defined projects with established scope.
- Ability to multi-task and function effectively in an interrupt-driven and fast-paced work environment. Strong computer skills with proficiency using MS Office software Excel, Word, and PowerPoint are required.
- Ability to easily perform common analytical calculations (stoichiometry, molarity, solution prep, etc.). The qualified applicant shall demonstrate: a) sound scientific reasoning; b) progressive learning agility; c) versatility or being capable of doing many things competently; and, d) resilience from a disappointment or setback.
- Values achieving milestones, including team and Company goals.
Physical Demands and Work Environment:
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
In the typical office environment requirements include: reading, speaking, hearing, close vision, walking, bending, sitting, use hands and fingers (i.e. typing) and occasional lifting up to 20 pounds. There will be an occasional requirement to work outside of normal business hours, consistent with other laboratory positions. Some travel may be required (5%).
The typical laboratory environment requirements include: reading, speaking, hearing, close vision, walking, bending, sitting, use of hands and fingers (i.e. sample preparation and instrument operation) and occasional lifting up to 40 pounds. Safe handling, use, and disposal of chemicals and other hazardous materials are required.
Novan maintains a drug-free workplace and performs pre-employment and employment substance abuse testing and background verification checks.
Novan, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment. We encourage and foster diversity in the workplace.
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