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Associate Scientist I/II
Posting Locations Wilmington, NC
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About Alcami

Alcami is a world-class contract development and manufacturing organization (CDMO).  We are a team of dynamic individuals committed to developing life-saving and life-changing drug products 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 I or II is accountable for driving results in a fast-paced environment by performing analytical routine and non-routine testing in support of active pharmaceutical ingredients development or pharmaceutical manufacturing. This position may also be required to work on method development/method validation projects. Typical types of testing include: assays (potencies, related substances, residual solvents, metals etc.), moisture content, identification, and various other wet chemistry based measurements. HPLC and/or GC based methodologies are commonly employed in the described testing. Other key methodologies applied include: titrations, UV, DSC, TGA, IR. Test methods employed may be compendial (i.e. USP, EP) or proprietary (client/vendor supplied or developed by Alcami). The Associate Scientist II must have the ability to efficiently organize the routine work with minimum supervision and to properly evaluate and interpret generated data is required.  The Associate Scientist II will occasionally be called upon to support and mentor other Analytical Chemists within the lab.  The 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

·       Performs one or more of the following techniques: residual solvents, assays (potencies, related substances), content, identifications, and various other wet chemistry based measurements.

·       Performs analysis on raw materials, drug substances, and finished products.

·       Performs maintenance of some analytical instruments.

·       Develops new methods as required to support programs.

·       Performs critical interpretation of analytical data.

·       Maintains working knowledge of routine instrumentation, equipment, and scientific methodologies necessary to perform assigned tasks.

·       Performs assigned tasks carefully and on schedule according to standard operating procedure and supervisor instructions.

·       Maintains basic understanding of underlying scientific principles.

·       Analyzes information for technical correctness and accuracy.

·       Complies with applicable GMPs, peer checks information and signs for GMP review. Brings aberrant information to the attention of supervisor.

·       Participates in company sponsored training and maintains current status of certifications.

·       Demonstrates company loyalty in relations with Company personnel and clients.

·       Maintains a safe, clean, and organized work environment free of safety hazards.

·       Enters project hours promptly and updates project status on appropriate tracking and/or timekeeping systems.

·       Suggests improvements for safety, work quality, and productivity.

·       Ensures timely completion and compliance with cGMP and all other relevant company training requirements.

·       Seeks to cultivate mentorship, build leadership skills, and fosters a culture of ‘team first’.

Education and Experience

·       Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry or related field with a minimum of  0 – 4+ years of experience in an analytical laboratory.

·       Prior experience in Pharmaceuticals or a CDMO preferred

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

·       Thinks strategically. Quickly identifies and acts on opportunities. Considers the downstream impact. Seeks to understand the why. Focuses on work that matters.

·       Develops organization and others. Takes ownership to develop self and others. Seeks out new opportunities and experiences for continuous learning.

·       Acts decisively. Makes and acts on decisions quickly. Makes decisions with the customer and their patients in mind. Meets commitments with a sense of urgency. Seeks ways to be more efficient.

·       Drives performance. Holds self and others accountable. Delivers results first time right. Never settles for status quo. Willing to have tough conversations. Asks for feedback and takes action to improve.

·       Passion for customers. Listens to understand. Asks the right questions. Gets to the heart of the matter and uses that insight to provide value.

·       Works collaboratively. Seeks out the experience of others with the aim for better results. Open minded regardless where ideas originate. Flexible and easy to work with.

Functional Competencies

·       Excellent verbal and written communication and documentation skills required.

·       Excellent detail orientation and organizational skills required.

·       Excellent problem-solving and basic trouble-shooting ability required.

·       Basic knowledge of Laboratory equipment and safety required.

·       Basic knowledge of Laboratory Documentation is required.

·       Working knowledge of cGMP in a pharmaceutical or regulated environment preferred.

·       Proficiency with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) required.

Decision Making and Supervision Required

·       Applies job skills and company policies and SOPs to complete a broad range of difficult tasks.

·       Receives minimal instruction on day-to-day work, general instructions on new assignments.

Travel Requirements

·       Up to 5% travel required.

Physical Demands and Work Environment

The physical demands and work environment described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; talk or hear and smell. The employee is occasionally required to walk; sit; climb or balance and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 10 pounds, frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions; moving mechanical parts; fumes or airborne particles; toxic or caustic chemicals; risk of electrical shock and vibration. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. The employee will be required to wear the appropriate personal protective equipment for specific job duties to be performed. Such personal protective equipment may include, but not limited to: safety eyewear, various types of respirators/breathing apparatus, half face and full face respirator, lab coats, full protective body coverings, various types of gloves, etc.

Other Duties

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice. 


What We Offer You:

•    Competitive salary with career advancement opportunities
•    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, sexual orientation, 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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