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Research Associate III - Analytical E&L

Req # JR - 025279 Location Round Lake, Illinois, United States Job Category Research and Development Date posted 08/04/2020

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As a contributing member in the Renal Care Solutions team of scientists, you will oversee and apply  state-of-the-art technologies in LC-MS and GC-MS. Direct studies, generate data and mentor junior staff to solve analytical problems in the areas of Extractables & Leachables and Structure Elucidation. Collaborate with global subject matter experts to meet the needs of partners across Baxter’s Renal Care and Acute Therapies businesses to sustain products, support development of new products, and contribute to investigations and innovation initiatives. In this role , you will be expected to build a professional network within the business unit, across units and functions and outside of Baxter.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Contribute to state-of-the -art chemical characterization (10993:18) studies and extractables & leachables assessments for devices.
  • With SME input, independently author and contribute to experimental protocols, process and interpret data, and author technical reports.
  • Conduct lab work and provide technical guidance to junior research associates.
  • Collaboratively design studies, coordinate with CROs, review and analyze CRO-generated data, oversee CRO report writing, verify internal reports, and collaborate with other groups such as biocompatibility and toxicology.
  • Collaborate with a multidisciplinary subject matter experts to generate innovative solutions to complex problems using multiple disciplines and technical principles.
  • Manage sample and testing scheduling along with PO issuance and invoice receiving.
  • Perform unknown identification and structure elucidation.
  • Interpret complex analytical data and present work  in a form that is suitable for a wide-ranging audience.
  • Ensure technical output is of the highest quality, scientifically sound and appropriately addresses the business need.
  • Maintain and apply current knowledge of relevant Quality System Regulations and other regulatory requirements related to product development, design and safety.
  • Ensure quality and regulatory compliance in all research, data collection and reporting activities. 
  • Contribute to the long term scientific strategy of the department by proposing novel processes/methods and supporting the development of products.
  • Influence the regional external regulatory environment within area of expertise.
  • Conduct lab work and provide technical guidance to junior research associates.


  • Must be well-versed in analytical chemistry, spectroscopy, impurity quantitation and characterization, structure elucidation and possess knowledge in related disciplines.
  • 5+ years’ experience in LC-MS and/or GC-MS.
  • Experience in Environmental Chemistry testing, Compendial Materials testing or E&L testing preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability to critically interpret chromatographic and complex spectroscopic data.
  • Competent operating and troubleshooting chromatographic and spectroscopic instrumentation.
  • Experience in analytical method development and validation.
  • Strong organizational and time-management skills.
  • Effective communication skills.
  • Demonstrated experience in directing and training junior scientists.

Education and/or Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a scientific discipline (such as Analytical or Organic chemistry) with 5-7 years, MS with at least 3-5 years, or PhD with 0-3 years’ experience in relevant discipline.


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