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Research Associate III - Chemical Characterization

Req # JR - 019112 Location Round Lake, Illinois, United States Job Category Research and Development Date posted 04/02/2020

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This position will primarily be responsible for the analytical testing associated with chemical characterization studies performed in alignment with ISO 10993-18 for both the support of new and modified products.  Additionally, the position may be responsible for the development, validation and transfer of analytical methods. 

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Perform analytical testing in support of chemical characterization studies.
  • Support the execution of analytical plans for new product development and sustaining product projects.
  • Collaborate with other functions such as project management, regulatory, engineering, manufacturing and quality control in project teams.
  • Act as a study director for and execute method validation and transfer studies. 
  • Collaborate with Baxter external partners to ensure successful execution of analytical testing and study designs.
  • Contribute to technical feasibility analysis of complex research and design concepts.
  • Lead the analytical problem solving efforts to meet urgent business needs / project timelines.
  • Maintain knowledge of relevant QSR and other regulatory requirements related to R&D (product development, design and safety) to ensure compliance in all research, data collection and reporting activities.
  • In addition to having an in-depth knowledge and understanding of cGxP and related regulations and guidance, is able to provide expert advice and/or is an active participant in the generation, review, adoption and interpretation of such regulations.
  • Maintain focus on meeting both external and internal customer expectations.


  • Bachelor degree in relevant scientific discipline (chemistry, pharmaceutical sciences) with 5-7 years’ experience or Masters’ degree with 3-5 years’ experience or PhD with 0-3 years’ experience.
  • Experience with analytical testing, method development, validation and transfer.
  • A good understanding of ICH, USP guidelines and cGxP practice.
  • Familiarity and hands-on experience with general chemistry techniques such as pH, UV, TOC, FTIR and NVR.  Experience with advanced analytical techniques HS-GC, GC/MS, LC/MS or ICP-MS preferred.   Exposure to Water’s Empower, Agilent Mass Hunter and other analytical instruments and software also desired.
  • Ability to learn quickly and to solve problems in a timely manner using analytical chemistry skills.
  • Possess relevant writing and computer skills.
  • Ability to organize, assess and communicate complex information that engages the audience.
  • Ability to make decisions when provided with limited information and to make routine decisions independently.
  • Ability to design experiments and draw meaningful conclusions from lab data.
  • Experience in working in global cross-functional teams and project management is a plus.
  • Quality oriented.
  • Ability to adapt to changes and to work in a team environment.

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