Thermo Fisher Scientific R&D/Mfg Scientist II in Greenville, North Carolina

Job Description

Job Title: Scientist 3

Effective Date:

Last Modification Date: 24AUG16


Provides complex analyses in a chemistry or microbiological environment by selecting appropriate methods with

independent judgement. Performs analytical methods for complex testing on raw materials, samples, stability,

environmental, production intermediates, environmental monitoring, sterility tests, growth promotion, microbial

limits tests, and/or and antimicrobial effectiveness tests. Supports internal development and/or manufacturing

operations. Makes detailed observations and analyzes, resolves issues, documents, and communicates test results.

Essential Functions:

  1. Verifies and processes analytical data. Facilitates development of quality products through participation and

representation on group and department level project teams.

  1. Conducts complex chemical and physical testing of pharmaceutical raw materials, packaging components,

finished products, microbiological, and stability samples by internally developed and compendial test methods.

  1. Leads the validation of test methods for pharmaceutical raw materials and finished products for strength,

impurities, identity, and dissolution by HPLC, GC, dissolution, spectroscopy, and traditional quantitative

analysis, utilizing HPLC, GC, LC/MS, dissolution, spectroscopy, and traditional wet chemical testing.

Determines which methods will be used.

  1. Makes determination to resolve out-of-specification or unexpected results and analytical and product problems.

  2. Maintains and troubleshoots analytical instrumentation as needed. Performs audits on equipment periodically to

verify proper calibration and use.

  1. Develops documentation processes. Clearly and accurately communicates the results of work by creating

documentation of the testing/analysis and obtained results. Records and reports results of analysis in accordance

with prescribed lab procedures and systems. Interacts with clients directly.

  1. Leads, prepares, and files regulatory documents in support of internal projects. Provides communications with

outside departments, corporate sites, agencies, and clients.

  1. Coordinates and leads writing of SOPs, policy manuals, and other instructional documents.

  2. Cleans and organizes work area, instrumentation, and testing materials. Cleans HPLC and dissolution systems

after use.

  1. Performs all duties in strict compliance with Standard Operating Procedures, Good Manufacturing Practices,

Good Laboratory Practices, and Safety guidelines. Maintains the necessary compliance status required by

company and facility standards. Using the strong action verbs as exampled in item #3 below; add core essential

job functions; end each item with a period. Specific product/program/project/vendor/report names should not

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Bachelor’s degree in physical science, preferably in Chemistry or Biology.


Typically requires a minimum of 5 years of experience performing tests or analyses for pharmaceutical raw

materials, finished products, or microbiological samples.

Equivalency :

Equivalent combinations of education, training, and relevant work experience may be considered.


Excellent knowledge and understanding of chemistry and analytical instrumental technologies. Excellent knowledge

of qualitative and quantitative chemical analysis. Excellent understanding of quality and regulatory requirements in

the pharmaceutical industry, including pharmaceutical GMPs and descriptive organic chemistry. Excellent problem

solving skills and logical approach to solving scientific problems. Excellent proficiency with HPLC, GC, LC/MS

and Dissolution techniques (method development and validation). Excellent interpersonal and communication skills

(both oral and written). Good presentation skills to present information to customers, clients, and other employees.

Good leadership skills. Ability to read, analyze, and interpret technical procedures and governmental regulations.

Ability to write standard operating procedures and policy manuals. Ability to respond to complex inquiries or

complaints from customers or regulatory agencies. Ability to apply mathematical operations, to such tasks as

determination of test reliability, analysis of variance, and correlation techniques.

Physical Requirements:

Position requires ordinary ambulatory skills and physical coordination sufficient to move about office locations;

ability to stand, walk, stoop, kneel, crouch periodically for prolonged periods of time; manipulation (lift, carry,

move) of light to medium weights of 10-35 pound pounds; arm, hand and finger dexterity, including ability to grasp

and type for prolonged periods of time; visual acuity to use a keyboard, computer monitor, operate equipment, and

read materials for prolonged periods of time; ability to sit, reach with hands and arms, talk, and hear for prolonged

periods of time. Safety glasses, safety shoes, lab coat, latex or similar gloves, safety apron, organic respirator



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description is not to be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities, or requirements. Managers

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