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Formulation Chemist
Ref No.: 17-07494
Location: Frederick, Maryland
Position Type:Contract
Start Date: 11/28/2017
Job Category:Non-IT Scientific/ Clinical
Job Description:
  • This position largely interacts with equivalent levels of personnel in the manufacturing area.
  • Good oral and written communication skills are required to routinely manufacture saleable products, identify problems and implement solutions in a team environment.
  • Effectiveness in this role requires a functional knowledge of manufacturing process and Standard Operating Procedures, great attention to detail and the ability to see opportunities for improved effectiveness.
  • The job encounters work situations of moderate scope and complexity and identifiable factors.
  • Works on problems where analysis of situation or data requires a review of identifiable factors.
  • Incumbent exercises judgment within defined procedures and practices to determine action.
  • The incumbent normally receives general instructions on routine work and detailed instruction on new assignments.
  • 85-95% of time spent on work order processing of bulk formulation, filling, capping and labeling.
  • Complete production and quality analysis of reagents, components and finished products in accordance with SOPs, work instructions and the Production Schedule to ensure timely availability of cost-effective products of high quality.
  • May perform other related duties as required and/or assigned.

  • BS (or AS + relevant experience) in Biology, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology or other related life science discipline.
Preferred Qualification:
  • +1 year experience in a life science/biotechnology discipline.
  • Demonstrated ability to carry out scientific procedures and make recommendations for improvement required.
  • Experienced in the use of scientific laboratory techniques, equipment and materials required for molecular biology products.
  • Good problem solving skills are preferred.

Key knowledge includes:
  • Knowledge and understanding of cGMP and ISO guidelines in a laboratory environment.

Minimum Qualifications:
  • Experience with collecting optical density measurements.
  • Experience with precise formulation of bulk reagents.
  • Experience with filling, capping and labeling using precision liquid handling tools and processes.
  • Experience in manufacturing diagnostic products for research and regulated markets.
  • Experience in completing documentation (GDP) and data collection in a GMP laboratory.
  • Ability to follow established procedures.

Attention to detail:
  • Ability to work on tasks of moderate complexity, both independently as well as in team-based environments under minimal supervision.
  • Excellent organizational skills.
  • Proficiency in the use of basic laboratory techniques, equipment and materials required.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Participates in practical process improvement initiatives.

Working Conditions:
  • Works in both a lab environment and manufacturing facility with specialized equipment.
  • Employees will be required to operate automated and semi-automated equipment.
  • May on a continuous basis walk, bend and lift up to 40 lbs.
  • The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate to high.
  • Will be required to enter 2-8C and -20C storage walk in units to obtain and store manufacturing materials.
  • May intermittently sit at desk for a long period of time to answer telephone and write or use a keyboard to communicate through written means.
  • Must be flexible to work varying schedules and hours as needed.
  • The physical demands described above 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.

Mandatory Skills:
  • Formulation Technician.