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Associate Scientist, Biopharma (JP9441)

Thousand Oaks, CA · Biotech/Pharmaceutical
Job Title: Associate Scientist, Biopharma (JP9441)
Location: Thousand Oaks, CA    
Employment Type: Contract

Business Unit: Pivotal Synthetic Technologies & Engineering 2
Duration: 12 months with likely extensions
Job posting date: 11/12/2021
3 Key Consulting is hiring an Associate Scientist for a consulting engagement with our direct client, a leading global bio-pharmaceutical company.
Job Summary:
  • CW will be considered an essential/on-site staff member and will be asked to come on site 5 days/week.
  • We are seeking a highly motivated individual to assist in our high-throughput experimentation (HTE) group and to support synthetics process development in Thousand Oaks, CA.
  • The candidate will work closely with our process chemists/chemical engineers to conduct high-throughput experiments and to assist with analytical data processing for high-throughput experiments.
  • In addition to high-throughput support, the position will support the execution of pressurized reactions reactors ranging from 0.0-5 mL to 5 L scales.
Core Responsibilities:

Support High-Throughput Experimentation in Synthetics Process Development: 

Collaborate with process chemists/chemical engineers to execute and analyze high-throughput parallel experimentation (HTE) studies for the following:
  • Reaction screening/optimization for chemical reactions (catalysis, biocatalysis, and non-catalytic transformations)
  • Pressurized hydrogenation and carbonylation reactions
  • Organic solvent extraction studies
  • Metal scavenger/ remediation screenings
  • Solubility studies of drug substance intermediates
  • Crystallization studies of drug substances intermediates
  • Use various automation and analytical software/hardware to support THE
  • Maintain good laboratory documentation practices

Laboratory Housekeeping/Management:
  • Coordinate with third-party vendors and our laboratory asset management service (LAMP) for preventative maintenance, calibration, and repair service of equipment and instruments.
  • Initiate work orders when necessary to assist with set-up of new equipment and/or remove obsolete/life-cycled equipment.
  • Clean/decontaminate equipment and hood surfaces contaminated with hazardous materials.
  • Maintain laboratory equipment and order replacement or add-on parts/accessories as needed.
  • Contact third-party vendors for information and quotes.
  • Evaluate and document performance and reliability of lab equipment.
  • Manage solid and liquid waste within synthetic laboratories per guidelines.
  • Handle incoming/outgoing shipments of tools, ancillary processing equipment and consumables and chemicals to remote client sites.
  • Maintain good laboratory housekeeping and adhere to established organizational principles
Chemical Library Maintenance:
  • Order and organize laboratory reagents and consumables to support high throughput experimentation.
  • Ensure chemical library maintenance and re-order chemicals as needed.
  • Maintain and update list of chemical inventories and ensure that the chemical and reagent inventory system (CRIS) is up to date.
Basic Qualifications:
  • Master’s degree in chemistry or chemical engineering - must have lab experience OR
  • Bachelor’s degree in chemistry or chemical engineering and 2 years’ experience in laboratory or manufacturing setting (academia or industry).
  • Strong scientific aptitude; attention to detail; technical problem-solving skills; and ability to multi-task
  • Trained in basic laboratory safety.
Preferred Requirements:
  • Academic and/or industrial experience working in a organic chemistry or chemical engineering laboratory.
  • Familiarity with automation, computational chemistry and/or data analytics software such as LEA, Spotfire, Gaussian, and Dynochem.
  • Familiarity with good laboratory notebook documentation.
  • Familiarity with analytical instrumentation including HPLC, GC, and NMR spectroscopy.

Top Must have Skill Sets:
  • Bachelor's degree in Chemistry, with 1-2 years of experience (required)
  • Research experience (academic lab work or industrial) in chemistry or chemical engineering
  • Ability to problem solve and troubleshoot.
  • Ability to work independently on research project - undergrad, masters, or academia.
Day-To-Day Responsibilities:
Conduct high-throughput experiments and assist in laboratory maintenance.
Employee Value Proposition:
Unique group, intersection of research and technology development.
Red Flags:
  • No research experience.
  • Not comfortable working with chemicals.
  • Not interested in hands on laboratory work.
  • Not interested in technology or automation.
  • Unwilling to abide by current COVID 19 guidelines including wearing a mask and abiding by social distancing policies on site.
Interview Process:
Phone screen.

Panel interviews.

We invite qualified candidates to send your resume to resumes@3keyconsulting.com. If you decide that you’re not interested in pursuing this position, please feel free to look at other positions on our website 
www.3keyconsulting.com. You are welcome to also share this posting with anyone you think might be interested in applying for this role.

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