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Scientist, RD&I

Date: Apr 4, 2021

Location: Lafayette, IN, US

Company: Evonik Industries AG

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Scientist, RD&I


Location: United States : Lafayette, IN

Function: Innovation Management (R&D)

Career Level: Graduates (< 2 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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Research Development and Innovation (RD&I) Scientists provides laboratory model and technical expertise to support the production and business goals of Tippecanoe Laboratories. As a part of the Process Team, the RD&I Scientist is primarily responsible for providing deep technical expertise regarding the process chemistry. The RD&I Scientist is responsible for the generation and interpretation of laboratory data, for creating a robust and accurate process description from the customer data package and technical support to bulk manufacturing. The RD&I Scientist is responsible for initiating and maintaining a laboratory program geared toward supporting the introduction of new processes and the resolution of production upsets.



  • Technical
    • Develop lab models from customer packages:
    • Rapidly assimilate the information available in customer data packages into a representative laboratory procedure Effectively communicate with customer technical resources as needed to ask critical questions and make process suggestions to increase process knowledge and design control.
    • Design and oversee or perform critical experiments. Perform and/or interpret the results of applicable analytical methods (minimum competency HPLC, GC, NMR I H and 13C) to support lab model development. Design experiments that maximize data return for experiments during the time critical new process introduction
    • Support equipment cleaning by providing solubility data and required cleaning limits as appropriate.
    • Uses established basic statistical tools where relevant
    • Coordinate with the Project Managers to develop and track project schedules.
    • Participate as part of the process team to develop the final process design as the process chemistry expert to ensure that the final design meets all expectations of the customer data package.
    • Prepare critical documents (e.g. Change Control, process transfer reports, etc) to allow for an efficient process installation.
    • Utilize process laboratory models and provide technical expertise to support the resolution of production scale upsets and the execution of process changes.
      • Reliably be able to execute existing laboratory models on short notice.
      • Design efficient experiments to provide insight into the possible impact and causes of the production scale upset.   Communicate with the process team to provide results of the investigation and contribute to deviation documentation.
  • Identify potential process improvements that could generate Evonik intellectual property.
    • Design and execute appropriate experimentation to support the process improvement and secure the potential IP
  • Provide documentation of laboratory activities
    • Provide concise, accurate and complete reports of Laboratory experimentation.
    • Provide operations with accurate and detailed process descriptions to support the creation of manufacturing instructions that accurately reflect customer requirements. Maintain laboratory notebooks to a sufficient standard to support potential IP claims
  • Participate as the process chemistry expert in the performance of process hazard assessments.
  • Customer and Off Site Evonik Interaction
    • Successfully interacts with customer technical resources to ask and answer specific technical questions concerning assigned processes
  • Teamwork/ Interpersonal
    • Collaborates/coordinates routine activities within the work group
    • Participates in and supports team activities
    • Constructively challenges other team members
    • Acknowledges and builds on the ideas and contributions of others
  • Influence
    • Constructively questions processes and procedures
    • Suggests improvements
    • Acknowledge technical expert for assigned processes
  • Communication
    • Demonstrates technical competence through oral or written communications within the project team
    • Prepares results presentations for use within the work group or project team
  • Self-Management
    • Prioritizes and plans own work
    • Complies with safety, quality, and operating procedures
    • Effectively completes multiple simple tasks


  • PHD in Organic Chemistry
  • Fundamental understanding of Organic chemistry
  • Demonstrated laboratory skills and technical expertise
  • Teamwork/ Interpersonal skills
  • Ability to manage multiple projects efficiently
  • Ability to work non-core hours to support 24/7 mfg operations
  • Proficient at the use of MS Office
  • Capability to perform independent laboratory work
  • Industry experience would be an asset but not required
  • Scale up experience would be an asset but not required
  • Mechanistic chemistry, methodology experience would be an asset but not required

Your Application

To ensure the fastest process of your application and to protect the environment, please apply online via our careers portal at https://careers.evonik.com.


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.

Nearest Major Market: Lafayette