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Senior R&D Scientist, Analytical Development

Date: Jul 1, 2022

Location: Birmingham, AL, US

Company: Evonik Industries AG

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Senior R&D Scientist, Analytical Development


Location: United States : Birmingham, AL

Function: Innovation Management (R&D)

Career Level: Experienced professionals (2-5 years)

Legal Entity: Evonik Corporation

Business Line: Health Care


What we offer

You will work on exciting and challenging topics together with a team in an ultra-modern, innovative and creative environment. Intensive on-the-job training with expert colleagues guarantees you will quickly become familiar with your duties and perform them independently. Performance related pay and the opportunity for personal and professional development are of course part of the package. Since 2009 Evonik Industries AG has been certified as a family-friendly company by the German Hertie Foundation.

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  • Project Leadership and Execution of Tasks with increasing complexity and Projects in Analytical Development
  • Independently leads increasingly large and complex projects on analytical method development and method transfers
  • Leads and delegates subset of analysts as per project requirements
  • Plans and performs or delegates execution on multi-part experiments and conducts complex activities in support of pharmaceutical formulation research and development and/or manufacturing operations
  • Proactively communicates with other functions regarding project and operation requirements, priorities, data analysis and results, issues and challenges, important observations as well as timelines
  • Generates, analyzes data and results and contributes to the recommendations for next steps based on the data
  • Leads or supports trouble shooting of methods and method optimization including root cause analysis, action plan, (Analytical) Quality by Design approach
  • Authors technical sections to written project or research reports and summaries
  • Communicates with clients, contributes to client communication presentation, explains results and analytical method development approach
  • Applies appropriate regulatory guidance by considering development stages as well as internal and client requirements to ensure the successful progress of pharmaceutically acceptable products
  • Works hand in hand with formulators, quality control and quality assurance in order to improve interfaces, systems and processes
  • Recognizes and acts upon opportunities regarding the maintenance and improvement of Evonik’s facilities, equipment, and procedures; takes corrective action as directed by management.
  • Supports Safety and Quality improvements in the area (e.g. contributes/leads 5S program, SOP and process optimization, new systems evaluation etc.)
  • Contributes to and leads internal research and intellectual property projects and initiatives
  • Coach junior scientists and lab techs on internal and external projects; Trains, coaches staff in data analysis and project execution
  • Maintains current scientific knowledge through review of current scientific literature and the encouragement
  • Proactively searches literature and regulatory guidance (ICH, FDA) to maintain awareness of current technology and regulations.
  • As a role model, follows SOP’s and enforces, coaches on following SOP’s
  • Maintains thorough and accurate research and laboratory documentation including experimental methods, observations, data, and results in support of SOP, cGMP, and GLP regulated activities
  • Follows safety practices and procedures; uses personal protection equipment (PPE) appropriate to the type of hazard and exposure potential.  Actively participates in identifying and resolving safety issues
  • Considered a subject matter expert (SME) in running and maintaining certain equipment, method development and/or method transfers


  • Minimum of BS/BA in a relevant scientific discipline (analytical chemistry, pharmaceutical science, bio-analytical chemistry, chemistry, biochemistry, pharmaceuticals) plus about 10 or more year’s relevant laboratory experience; or, a MS degree in a relevant scientific discipline plus 5 or more year’s relevant laboratory experience; or, a PhD in a relevant scientific discipline with at least 4 years of relevant experience
  • Formulation development, drug delivery, polymer (biodegradable), API and/or drug product exposure in terms of analytical development with about 5 years’ experience is a must; significant and proven track record of analytical method development and method transfers is a must
  • Proven (>5 years) technical capabilities including but not limited to HPLC, dissolution techniques, light scattering techniques for particle sizing and general analytical test method development and validation
  • Experience in analytical chemistry and analytical development (test method development and validation) in a GMP environment is preferred
  • Passion and drive ideally in the area of analytical development, analytical methods and/or pharmaceutical sciences, formulation development or drug delivery; polymer (biodegradable), API, drug delivery exposure is a plus
  • Strong problem-solving and critical thinking skills with demonstrated ability to conduct technical programs and to achieve program goals
  • Knowledge of relevant scientific principles and theories as well as the capability to use and apply standard scientific procedures and techniques.
  • Knowledge of the scientific principles pertaining to and capable in the operation of standard laboratory, analytical, and/or processing and manufacturing equipment; examples include: analytical balances, HPLC, UV/Vis spectrophotometer, particle size analyzer, viscometers, etc. 
  • Capable of implementing existing methods, assays, and processes to new situations or applications; able to troubleshoot and improve existing methods, assays, and processes.
  • Recognize unanticipated or adverse outcomes or deviations; may propose corrective action or resolutions for problems of simple to moderate complexity.
  • Knowledge of the use of personal protective equipment and safety protocols and practices related to working with or exposure to hazardous chemicals that could potentially affect the health of the employee.
  • Ability to:
    • Perform work utilizing a computer for extended periods of time;
    • Sit for extended periods of time without being able to leave the work area;
    • Stand for extended periods of time without being able to leave the work area;
    • Grasp objects utilizing the fingers (fine motor manipulation);
    • Reach for objects above the head or below the waist;
    • Stoop or crouch by bending at the waist or by bending the legs;
    • Determine colors
  • Proficient in the use of word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software programs.
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills; ability to effectively communicate observations, results, and outcomes to more senior technical staff.
  • Capable of performing and applying standard scientific tests, procedures, and techniques.
  • Experience with a variety of standard, analytical instruments is a plus
  • Excellent written, verbal, and organizational skills.
  • Ability to clearly present research findings to senior staff, at internal meetings, and to clients, when directed.
  • Ability to train people and supervise laboratory or technical activities, when applicable.
  • Conduct activities with consideration to time schedules and overall project goals and objectives.

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Evonik Corporation is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other legally protected status.

Please note that Evonik will not accept any unsolicited application documents sent by staffing firms. Evonik works in conjunction with preferred service providers and will not pay any fee to staffing firms in the absence of an appropriate framework agreement. Should Evonik receive a candidate profile from a staffing firm with which it has no framework agreement, and should this candidate subsequently be considered in the recruitment process or offered employment, no claims from the staffing firm will be entertained in this regard.

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