R&D Scientist

  • Location: Pasadena
  • Type: Direct Hire
  • Job #32823

Growing Pharma CMO in Pasadena, CA is seeking a R&D Scientist to join their team! This is a direct hire opportunity. Open to candidates who are willing to relocate to Pasadena. 


  • Assist in evaluating the feasibility of synthesizing compounds.
  • Develop and validate synthetic lab and pilot plant processes to produce a variety of organic and organometallic compounds.
  • Conduct relevant literature searches.
  • Develop lab scale procedures for the syntheses of organic compounds.
  • Optimize the procedure to improve yields in the syntheses of organic compounds.
  • Scale up the lab process to produce pilot plant and production quantities of the compounds in accordance with cGMP requirements.
  • Write Development Reports on synthesis and scale up projects per cGMPs.
  • Maintain complete laboratory records in accordance with accepted laboratory practices, SOPs, and regulatory requirements.
  • Develop analytical methodologies
  • Monitor yield and efficiencies of processes after commercial startup at the plant.
  • Help establish necessary practices to ensure GLP/cGMP compliance.
  • Take on Project Leader responsibilities and manage the work load vs. project timelines to complete projects on time, within budget and achieving the desired quality.
  • Assist with the preparation / review of controlled and regulatory documents.
  • Work with contract organizations as necessary.
  • Adheres to current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP’s).
  • Verbal interaction with clients to discuss scientific results.

Education / Experience / Personal Requirements:

  • M.Sc. in Chemistry (or equivalent) with 15+ years of work experience in the synthesis and manufacture of active pharmaceutical ingredients
  • Ph.D. in Chemistry (or equivalent) with 5+ years of work experience in the synthesis and manufacture of active pharmaceutical ingredients
  • Hands on experience with a variety of analytical equipment such as HPLCs, GCs, and usual organic spectroscopic instrumentation.
  • Displays excellent working knowledge of cGMP/GLP principles and able to apply the principles.
  • Excellent interpersonal and leadership skills.
  • Ability to operate in a decentralized environment.
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks and prioritize work.
  • Self-motivated with strong organizational and time management skills.
  • Demonstration of previous managerial experience and/or team leading experience is preferred.
  • Ability to work as part of a multi-disciplinary team and coordinate activities with cross-functional departments.


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