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Production Scientist II - Organic Chemistry

Thermo Fisher Scientific

Thermo Fisher Scientific

Production Scientist II - Organic Chemistry

Rockford, IL
Full Time
  • Responsibilities


    At Thermo Fisher Scientific, it is our Mission to enable our customers to make the world healthier, cleaner, and safer. As a production chemist, you will work on multi-step organic synthesis, purification and formulation from milligram scale up to 300-gallon scale. The production chemist will always keep Safety, Quality and the Customer as a top priority to achieve production goals.

    The Organic Synthesis team manufactures many cross-linking compounds and reagents as well as partners with the R&D team to add new products to our portfolio. We are a productive and motivated team looking for an additional hardworking member that can help promote a diverse and inclusive environment. The successful candidate will perform daily laboratory work needed in the synthesis process such as column chromatography, distillation, rotary evaporation, purification, and filtration as well as perform analysis of compounds and reactions mixtures using HPLC, GC, UV/VIS, FTIR, NMR, TLC, pH, IR.


    • Support production goals relative to Safety, Quality, Customer and Cost while driving daily production work orders to completion.

    • Document procedures, complete and review Manufacturing Batch Records, and maintaining any experimental design within a lab notebook.

    • Employ safe chemical handling techniques, use of appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (including a respirator when required) and safe collection and bulk handling of hazardous waste according to site policies.

    • Capable of routinely using moderately heavy equipment such as drum carts, gas cylinders, mobile balances and filled containers or drums.

    • Assist production within the different scale organic synthesis laboratories: small (milligram), medium (10+ liters) and large (10+ gallon).

    • Ability to assemble, disassemble, and ensure accurate use of equipment, apparatuses, reaction vessels, rotary evaporators, vacuum ovens, etc.

    • Participate and/or lead in root cause counter measure analysis, detail the investigation, and handle the associated nonconformance deviation.

    • Able to work well on a cross-functional team for projects such as: new product or process development, process improvements, test method optimization, process scale-ups, cost reduction and safety improvements.

    • Be an active member of the team, seeking and accepting laboratory responsibilities to maintain and improve the workplace, in addition to helping train and/or mentor less proficient staff.

    • Help to maintain the preventative maintenance schedule by completing assigned work orders.

    • Maintain a clean laboratory and workspace by applying 5S and Lean tools.


    • B.S in Chemistry, Biochemistry, or a related field is the minimum education requirement.

    • 2+ years of laboratory experience is preferred. Preference will be given to candidates with experience in organic synthesis or those with M.S in Chemistry or PhD in Chemistry from an ACS accredited program.

    • Detailed understanding of chemistry at the undergraduate level required. Experience with general laboratory techniques including distillation, filtration, closed transfer, purification, reaction chemistry and crystallization preferred.

    • Experience with analysis techniques such as HPLC, GC, UV/VIS, FTIR, NMR, TLC, pH, IR.

    • Capable of multi-tasking and having strong time-management skills to meet a demanding work schedule is required.

    • Proficient in PC applications, including Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, and Teams. Knowledge of Minitab, MRP, and/or Chemdraw is a plus.

    • Flexible to work an off-shift or weekend when needed.

    • Excellent oral and written communication skills.

    • Ability to work independently and collaborate within a diverse group.

    • Associates may generate and handle hazardous waste as defined by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency.

    • Individuals in this position are required to receive initial hazardous waste training within the first 30 working days of assignment.

    • The initial waste training shall include but not be limited to the following general categories: identifying hazardous and solid waste, hazardous waste management, recycling, treatment and disposal, emergency preparedness and record keeping and pollution prevention and waste reduction.

    As one team of 100,000+ colleagues, we share a common set of values - Integrity, Intensity, Innovation, and Involvement - working together to accelerate research, solve difficult scientific challenges, drive technological innovation, and support patients in need. #StartYourStory at Thermo Fisher Scientific, where diverse experiences, backgrounds and perspectives are valued.

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    As the world’s leader in serving science, Thermo Fisher Scientific's professionals develop critical solutions—and build rewarding careers. They help customers in finding cures for cancer, protecting the environment, making sure food is safe, and so much more. When you #StartYourStory with Thermo Fisher, you are guaranteed meaningful work - both personally and professionally.