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Chemical R&D Associate Scientist II
Location Germantown, WI
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Think Different.  Do Different.  Be Different.

Alcami is a world-class contract development and manufacturing organization (CDMO).  We are a team of dynamic individuals committed to developing life-saving drugs around the world.  A mindset of innovation, accountability and customer focus inspires us to be the most efficient, safe and reliable choice for our customers and the patients they serve.  In return, we offer challenging careers, accelerated professional growth and the opportunity to be part of something different.

Position Summary

The Associate Scientist II, under the direction of a senior scientist, executes chemical reactions on a gram to multi-kilogram scale and performs routine analytical procedures to monitor reaction progress.  This role requires the incumbent to efficiently organize routine work with supervision and properly evaluate and interpret generated data.  Exercises judgment within defined procedures and practices to determine appropriate action. The Associate Scientist II will exercise judgment within defined procedures and practices to determine appropriate actionThe position requires superior leadership behaviors of the Alcami core competencies and non-negotiables, as well as expertise in functional competencies included in this position profile.


Essential Functions

  • Executes synthesis activities from gram to multi-kilogram scale under supervision.
  • Performs routine analytical procedures necessary for support of development activities.
  • Performs routine maintenance and troubleshooting of laboratory equipment with supervision.
  • Writes project documentation (developmental reports and protocols) of medium complexity with supervision.
  • Establishes and coordinates activities at contract chemical and analytical laboratories, as required.
  • Assists as a technical contact for projects that transfer internally with the production groups.  (i.e. research kilo laboratory to GMP kilo laboratory, or kilo laboratory to plant)
  • Ensures timely completion and compliance with cGMP and all other relevant company training requirements.
  • Performs other duties as assigned

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry or related field required with 3-5 years relevant experience.
  • Master’s degree in Chemistry or related field with 0-2 years relevant experience.
  • Some hands on experience in analytical techniques such as HPLC, GC is helpful, not required.

Alcami Non-Negotiables

  • Consistently demonstrates honesty and integrity through personal example.
  • Follows all safety policies and leads by example a safety first culture.
  • Produces high quality work product with a focus on first time right.
  • Complies with the company code of conduct and policies and regulatory standards.

Alcami Core Leadership Competencies

  • Passion for customers.  Listens to understand. Asks the right questions.  Gets to the heart of the matter.  Uses insight to provide value.  Delivers on commitments.
  • Thinks strategically.  Quickly identifies opportunities.  Combines forethought with action.  Speaks up and recognizes improvement opportunities.  Seeks to understand the “why”.  Focuses on work that matters.
  • Acts decisively.  Makes and acts on decisions quickly.  Fosters the same in others and the courage to enhance risk-taking for the business.  Seeks ways to be more efficient.  Achieves results the right way.
  • Drives performance.  Holds self and others accountable.  Creates an environment enabling others to perform at their best.  Deliver results right the first time.  Willing to have tough conversations.
  • Works collaboratively.  Seeks out the experience of others with the aim for better results.  Open to ideas regardless of their origination.  Takes the time to find common purpose.  Flexible and easy to work with.
  • Develops organization and people.  Demonstrates genuine commitment to develop self and others.  Seeks experience and new opportunities outside your comfort zone.  Coaches and mentors others.

Functional Competencies

  • Knowledge in handling, analyzing and characterizing chemicals, pharmaceuticals, and related organic molecules.
  • Capable of solving synthetic problems with supervision.
  • Ability to apply scientific principles, theories and concepts to research problems and develop solutions for analytical problems related to drug substances in compliance with appropriate Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and regulatory guidelines. 
  • Demonstrates technical ability to assist in the design and execution of non-routine experiments with supervision. 
  • Able to learn how to isolate and purify products and intermediates by using standard laboratory techniques under supervision. 
  • Demonstrates ability to correctly analyze data/results and interpret outcome of experiments and to propose appropriate follow-up with supervision.
  • Ability to read, analyze and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals technical procedures and governmental regulations and write reports, business correspondence and procedure manuals.
  • Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers and the general public.
  • Ability to perform complex math functions, compute ratios, rates and percentages while drawing and interpreting graphs and charts.
  • Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where limited standardization exists.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office software.

Decision Making and Supervision Required

  • Applies job skills, company policies and SOPs to complete a variety of tasks. 
  • Receives general instructions on routine work, detailed instructions on new projects or assignments.


What We Offer You:

  • Competitive salary with career advancement opportunities
  • Profit sharing bonus plan
  • Medical, dental and vision coverage from day one
  • 401(k) with company match
  • Company paid vacation, holiday and sick-leave
  • Voluntary benefits including short & long term disability, life, accident, critical illness insurances

Diversity and Inclusion:

Alcami values diversity and we are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.   All employment decisions are based on business needs, job requirements and individual qualifications, without regard to race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, age, national origin, physical or mental disability, past or present military service, marital status, gender identification or expression, medical condition (including genetic characteristics) or any other protected characteristic as established by law.

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