Chemist positions available in Iowa for graduate-level students and alumni with experience

  1. Senior Scientist – Chemical Development

We are seeking a Senior Scientist to work at our manufacturing plant in Charles City, Iowa who shares the values and principles that characterize who we are and how we work. It’s time to join our world-class team.

Position Summary: The Senior Scientist will lead and assist with efforts in developing synthetic pathways and manufacturing processes toward new high value added pharmaceutical intermediates and bulk pharmaceutical drugs. This hands-on position will involve approximately 70% bench work with the remainder involved in results reporting, team collaboration, bench to pilot plant process technology transferal and pilot plant support work.

Accountabilities and Responsibilities:

  • Leading and Assisting with the development of synthetic pathways and manufacturing processes toward new high value added pharmaceutical intermediates and bulk pharmaceutical drugs
  • Planning and executing laboratory research including kilo lab scale work
  • Participate on cross functional project teams within Research and Development and across the Company
  • Assume leadership roles for process development and plant support as needed and appropriate
  • Utilizing professional concepts to contribute to the development of Company concepts and principles and to achieve objectives in a creative and effective manner


  • PhD in Organic Chemistry or similar with 5 or more years of industrial experience in multi-step organic synthesis and process implementation.
  • Masters in Organic Chemistry or similar with 10 or more years of industrial experience and proven command of multi-step synthesis of small molecule APIs would be considered
  • Operational knowledge of analytical instrumentation such as HPLC, GC, NMR required
  • Strong command of chemical literature is required
  • Good project management skills required
  • Familiarity with high potency APIs and controlled substance handling a plus
  • Familiarity with Empower a plus
  • Experience in a manufacturing environment a plus
  • Familiarity with compliance requirements within cGMP, safety and regulatory environments
  • The ability to solve extremely complex problems where analysis of situations or data requires an evaluation of intangible variables

Ability to work in a highly independent and self-directed work environment.


  1. SeniorAnalytical Chemist

The Senior Analytical Chemist will provide technical support and leadership to multiple project teams. The Senior Analytical Chemist will evaluate and interpret analytical results, develop, validate and transfer analytical methods for APIs, API intermediates and raw materials. Strict compliance with cGMP guidelines is required to perform most job tasks.

Job Responsibilities

  • With minimal supervision, safely and effectively develop, establish, and validate analytical testing methodologies used to control raw materials, production intermediates, and final products.
  • Investigate and solve analytical technical issues within Analytical Development, Chemical Development, Process Support Group and Quality Control.
  • Perform analytical chemistry assays based on new and existing methodologies
  • Operate analytical instrumentation such as HPLC, GC, GC/MS, FTIR, Titrator, Particle Size Analyzer
  • Write technical reports to document analytical methods
  • Maintain laboratory notebooks documenting work
  • Maintain compliance with GMP SOPs and DEA regulations
  • Transfer documented analytical methods to the QC and Process Support Group departments
  • Set up new or existing analytical methods for compound identification, purity and potency testing.
  • Coordinate off-site testing as necessary
  • Conduct testing of analytical samples for the Chemical Development Department as necessary.
  • Qualify reference materials.

Job Qualifications

  • Advanced Chemistry degree desired, with a PhD preferred
  • Minimum BS degree in Chemistry or closely related field required, with 3+ years of experience in manufacturing support laboratory
  • Experience with dissolution and chemosensory testing highly desired
  • Familiarity with compliance requirements within cGMP, safety and regulatory environments
  • Operational knowledge of analytical instrumentation like HPLC, GC, GC-MS, FTIR, UV-VIS equipment, and data stations required
  • Demonstrated computer literacy, including word processing, spreadsheets, structural drawings, and databases preferably in a Windows environment
  • The ability to solve extremely complex problems where analysis of situations or data requires an evaluation of intangible variables
  • Ability to work in a highly independent and self-directed work environment.



  • #1 small molecule API Contract Manufacturing Organization (CMO) in the USA
  • Double digit sales growth each of the last 5 years
  • Recent $50 million expansion of our large-scale API facility
  • Winner of 30 CMO Leadership Awards in 2017
  • #1 ranked state for best place to live by US News and World Report

Leading Western supplier of generic APIs including ADHD and other controlled substances

News from the Graduate School, June 26, 2019


Alicia L. Bertone, DVM,  PhD
Vice Provost for Graduate Studies and
Dean of the Graduate School

Dr. Karin Jordan Joins the Graduate School

I am happy to announce that Dr. Karin Jordan will begin as Assistant Dean of Graduate Development and Engagement at the Graduate School on July 1.

Karin’s role will be to engage with the university’s outward-facing efforts on behalf of graduate education. Those efforts include career services, alumni engagement, advancement, government engagement, and more. She will work closely with graduate programs as well as the offices associated with those efforts—the University Institute for Teaching and Learning, Career Counseling and Support Services, Corporate Engagement, the Office of Outreach and Engagement, and others. Specific efforts will include enhancing graduate career services and professional development, improving faculty mentorship, the development of faculty and student awards, and enhancing graduate community through messaging and events.

Karin comes to the Graduate School from Penn State Altoona, where she was Senior Associate Dean of Academic Affairs. Prior to Penn State, she held several administrative positions at the University of Akron, including Associate Dean in the College of Health Professions. Before moving into administration, Dr. Jordan was professor of counseling at University of Akron, George Fox University, and the University of Colorado at Denver.


JUL 12 | Final examinations and Report forms due, summer
JUL 19 | Final theses and dissertations due, summer

see full graduation, registration, and fellowship calendars


JUL 10 | Management Skills for Grad/Prof Students | more
JUL 16 | Grant Writing: An Introduction | more
JUL 18 | Introduction to Tableau for Data Visualization | more
JUL 23 | Tools of the Trade: Animal Models Beyond the Mouse | more
JUL 29 | 2nd Conference on Biomotors, Virus Assembly and Nanobiotechnology Applications (funding available) | more
AUG 04 | Commencement
AUG 08 | Corporate Research Engagement 101 | more



OPEN   | Postdoctoral Fellowship in Biology Education and Research | more
JUL 05 | CGS/ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Awards | more
AUG 19 | NCI Cancer Prevention Fellowship | more
SEP 02 | Cornell Presidential Postdoctoral Fellowship | more
SEP 09 | 2019 Fall Postdoctoral Recruitment Event | more
OCT 02 | Biomedical Sciences Postdoc | more
OCT 03 | NAEd/Spencer Dissertation Fellowship | more
NOV 07 | NAEd/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship | more


Laura Pearce Joins Graduate School

Laura Pearce has joined the Graduate School as the administrative associate for the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the Graduate School. The position was previously held by Jill Toft.

Laura is twice a graduate of the Ohio State University, with a BA in International Studies and an MA in East Asian Studies. She also holds an MA in Folklore from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Laura will be the first point of contact for inquiries about curricular review processes for graduate programs. She will provide administrative support for the review and approval of new graduate program proposals, act as a liaison to the Ohio Department of Higher Education, and assist the Associate Dean with day-to-day operations in the areas of graduate program assessment, online course proposals and changes, and matters pertaining to the graduate faculty.

Say hello to Laura

Graduate School Offices Relocating to Stadium During Renovation

The Graduate School is renovating the offices in University Hall and staff will be temporarily relocated to Ohio Stadium beginning in August. The exact date for the move has not been determined, but those coming to the offices after August 1 should contact the Graduate School before setting out.

Contact: Matt Yoder, HR/Finance Manager


NAEd/Spencer Dissertation and Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

The NAEd/Spencer Dissertation Fellowship Program seeks to encourage a new generation of scholars from a wide range of disciplines and professional fields to undertake research relevant to the improvement of education. These $27,500 fellowships support individuals whose dissertations show potential for bringing fresh and constructive perspectives to the history, theory, or practice of formal or informal education anywhere around the world. Due October 3.

The Postdoctoral Fellowship Program supports early-career scholars working in critical areas of educational scholarship. Fellows will receive $70,000 for one academic year of research, attend professional development retreats, and receive mentorship from NAEd members and other senior scholars in their field. Due November 7.

Biomedical Sciences Postdoc

Deadline: October 2

The NIGMS Postdoctoral (PRAT) Program is a competitive three-year postdoctoral fellowship program that provides high quality research training in the basic biomedical sciences in NIH intramural research laboratories.


National Cancer Institute Cancer Prevention Fellowship Program

Deadline: August 19

The NCI Cancer Prevention Fellowship Program provides fellowships to develop an independent research program in cancer prevention. The centerpiece of the program is mentored, multidisciplinary research. With input from senior scientists and program staff, each fellow develops original scientific projects and reports findings at meetings and in leading journals.

The program provides up to four years of funding including stipends, relocation expenses, health insurance benefits, and travel allowances, as well as an opportunity to earn an MPH.




Management Skills for Grad/Prof Students

July 10

This interactive workshop will help participants understand the skills necessary to gain a better understanding of self and how to assess others abilities and leverage those strengths to improve their working relationships and work satisfaction.


2019 Fall Postdoctoral Recruitment Event

September 9 (application deadline)
October 23–25 (event)

The Postdoctoral Recruitment event will provide an opportunity for PhD students to meet research faculty, interview for open postdoctoral positions and discover the research taking place at Ohio State and the Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

Application for this event is open to graduate students who have completed or expect to complete their PhD between December 2018 and May 2020.


Tools of the Trade: Animal Models Beyond the Mouse

July 23 8:00 a.m.–noon Biomedical Research Tower, Room 115

The Center for Clinical & Translational Science and the Blue Buffalo Veterinary Clinical Trials Office will present a workshop on the plurality of animal models. Researchers from Ohio State and Nationwide Children’s Hospital will present on the advantages of studying naturally occurring disease in companion animals, comparative aspects of animal pathology, and unique regulatory and ethical considerations.


2nd Conference on Biomotors, Virus Assembly and Nanobiotechnology Applications

July 29–31 Fawcett Center for Tomorrow

Thirty-two fellowships are available to Ohio State students to attend the 2nd Conference on Biomotors, Virus Assembly and Nanobiotechnology Applications. The conference hosts leading scientists and engineers working in chemistry, biochemistry, biophysics, structural biology, microbiology, cell biology, materials, and nanotechnology. Fellowships are first come, first served and include cost of registration, lunch, dinner and banquet for the 3-day conference.

Register Use code “OSU Fellowship” at registration.

Research Commons Workshops

Grant Writing: An Introduction (Workshop)
July 16
, 10 a.m.–noon
Learn about the differences between federal/state and private funding processes, best practices for seeking funding, and examples of effective writing.

Introduction to Tableau for Data Visualization (Workshop)
July 18
, 3–4:30 p.m.
Learn about the data visualization program, including the different versions that exist, and how to access the program for free.

The Research Commons is a space where researchers can connect with each other and with services that support and enable their work. It offers group study room rentals, research consultations, and more.

Office of Distance Education and eLearning Workshops

Technology-Enhanced Active Learning
July 11
, 1:30–3 p.m.
Engage in multiple activities to discover how technology can enhance active learning in your courses.

Peer Review in CarmenCanvas
July 16
, 1–2:30 p.m.
Learn how to leverage Carmen to engage students in peer review activities.

The Office of Distance Education and eLearning provides students with an enriched educational experience through technology-ready classrooms, centralized learning systems, innovations in technological pedagogy, and distance education opportunities.

Part-time position at Otterbein-Chemistry—Survey of General Chemistry Laboratory

Part-time Instructor—Chemistry—Survey of General Chemistry Laboratory

Otterbein University seeks an Adjunct (part-time) Instructor in the Chemistry Department to teach CHEM 1110: Survey of General Chemistry Laboratory during the Autumn 2019 Semester, which runs from August 26-December 13. We are offering two sections of the laboratory, which meet on Tuesday from 8:15-11:10 am and Thursday 11:30 am – 2:25 pm. Ideally the same instructor would teach both sections, but we will consider applications from persons who can only teach one.

Minimum qualifications include an M.A. and/or ABD in Chemistry. Preferred qualifications include previous teaching experience and a Ph.D.

Send all inquiries and a copy of your CV to Dr. Joan Esson, Chair of the Chemistry Department, at


Positions available at National Tsing Hua University

Faculty position opening


The Institute of Biomedical Engineering, National Tsing Hua University, seeks highly qualified individuals for 1 position in the assistant, associate or full professorship levels. The candidate must have a Ph.D. degree in engineering or science, an outstanding record of accomplishments in research (nanobiosensors, biomaterials and biomechanics) and enthusiasm in teaching. Application portfolio including curriculum vitae, copies of diplomas, copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts, full publication list, teaching and research plans, contact information (names, mailing addresses, emails, phone numbers) of three referees (only a list is needed upon submission) and the CV at-a-glance (available on should be sent to Ms. Peggy Sung at by August 10, 2019.

Tenure-Track Faculty Positions at Georgia Tech

Tenure Track Faculty Positions

Georgia Institute of Technology
School of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Atlanta, GA 30332-0400 

The School of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the Georgia Institute of Technology invites applications for two tenure-track faculty positions in all areas, with opportunities for joint appointments in other departments of science and engineering to facilitate interdisciplinary research and scholarship. Applicants will be considered at all ranks; one of the two positions is a chaired professorship for highly accomplished mid-career scientists at the associate or full professor level. Candidates are expected to demonstrate an exceptional commitment to the teaching and mentoring of students.

Georgia Tech is a top-ranked public research university situated in the heart of Atlanta. The Institute prides itself on its technology resources, collaborations, high-quality student body, and its commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Candidates for appointment at the assistant professor level should submit an application letter, curriculum vitae, summary of research plans, description of teaching interests and philosophy, and arrange for submission of three letters of reference. Candidates at advanced levels should submit an application letter, curriculum vitae, and a brief description of research plans, particularly if future plans differ significantly from past efforts. All materials and requests for information should be submitted electronically, as per the instructions found at:

Applications will be considered beginning September 1, 2019, and will continue until the positions are filled. An earned doctorate is required by the start of the appointment, and a background check must be completed prior to employment.

Georgia Tech is an equal education/employment opportunity institution dedicated to building a diverse community. We strongly encourage applications from women, underrepresented minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans. Georgia Tech has policies to promote a healthy work-life balance and is aware that attracting faculty may require meeting the needs of two careers.

Mass Spectrometry and Proteomics Summer Workshop 2019

DATES: Monday, July 8 – Wednesday, July 10, 2019

TIME:  9am-4pm daily

LOCATION: Biomedical Research Tower, Room 115 (460 W. 12th Ave, Columbus, OH)


See below

The Mass Spectrometry Summer Workshop is organized by the CCIC Mass Spectrometry and Proteomics (MSP) Facility. Our goal is to provide/refresh fundamental information about mass spectrometry and introduce a variety of instruments and applications. The workshop is mostly application oriented and will cover the following topics: sample preparation for MS analyses, proteomics, metabolomics, mass spectrometry (MS and MS/MS) instrumentation, native mass spectrometry, ion activation, HPLC-MS/MS analysis, and spectral interpretation. This Workshop will also give us an opportunity to get to know each other better, to discuss your needs and initiate scientifically valuable collaborations.

This workshop is offered free of charge to OSU researchers and the local community. Please sign-up so that we know how many to expect.

Please contact Arpad Somogyi (, Associate Director of Mass Spectrometry & Proteomics, with any questions.

During the workshop we organize lab visits to show you our working instrumentation. Due to the large number of workshop participants (60+ in 2017), we offer this on both Monday and Wednesday afternoon so that the labs will not be overcrowded. We will further split you into four subgroups and will rotate between different instruments. Please think about which day (Mon or Wed) is better for you. This can be determined when you come to the workshop, no need to tell us in advance. Ideally, it would be nice to have about the same number of visitors both days, so your flexibility is appreciated.

If you want to participate in our open discussion by giving a 10-15 minute presentation on how mass spectrometry helped in your research, please contact Arpad Somogyi ( Some potential speakers are shown in the schedule (see below)

Workshop Schedule

Note: The lecture materials will be uploaded in pdf handout formats during July 3-7 so that you can have them before the workshop starts. Internet is available in the lecture room, so please bring your laptop with you to make notes.

Time Monday, 7/8 Tuesday, 7/9 Wednesday, 7/10
9-10:20am Introduction to Proteomics
(Mike Freitas)
Mass Analyzers
(Arpad Somogyi)

FT-ICR instrumentation and techniques
(Mike Freitas)

Quantitative Proteomics
(Andrew Reed)


Proteomics Data Analysis
(Sophie Harvey, Liwen Zhang)

10:35-12:00pm Sample Preparation (

Proteomics/metabolomics/Native MS)

(Amanda Hummon)

New Instruments and Services
(Sophie Harvey)

Peptide Manual Sequencing
(Arpad Somogyi)
12-1pm Lunch Break Lunch Break Lunch Break
1:00-2:00pm Ionization Methods
(Abraham Badu)
HPLC MS/MS and Metabolomics
(Matt Bernier)
Small Molecule Analysis
(Arpad Somogyi)
2:00-2:30pm Post Translational Modifications PTMs
(Liwen Zhang)
Native MS
(Sophie or Flo)
Data Processing for Small Molecules
(Matt Bernier)
2:45-4:00pm Lab Visit (Group 1) Open Discussion

(Miranda (Freitas)

Alyssa (Vicki)

Abraham’s group

Kopec group

Lab Visit (Group 2)

UM Med School Postdoc Recruitment event “Postdoc Preview”

The University of Michigan Medical School will host its next postdoctoral recruitment event October 10-11, 2019.

Postdoc Preview introduces upper-level graduate students in the biomedical sciences to the excellent research and training opportunities here at Michigan. During a fully-funded visit, recruits interview with two or more prospective mentors, learn about our NIH-funded training programs, and network with current postdocs (tentative schedule here). Applicants are selected from a national pool of highly qualified individuals who expect to complete their thesis research over the course of the next year and be U.S. citizens or permanent residents or be currently enrolled in a U.S. graduate institution. Our office sponsors and manages the logistics of the visits.

Applications for the event can be found at Deadline: August 5, 2019. Please contact our office ( with questions.

Postdoctoral Diversity Initiative, University of Pennsylvania, Perelman School of Medicine

The PennVIEW Postdoctoral Diversity Initiative is designed to expose graduate doctoral candidates in biomedical science to postdoctoral research at the University of Pennsylvania (UPenn). Participants will be provided with an all expense paid visit to UPenn to meet with potential faculty mentors and current postdoctoral fellows, tour laboratories, explore the Philadelphia area and UPenn campus and gain information about preparing for life after completing their Ph.D. The overall goal of this initiative is to provide participants with a welcoming experience to VIEW life as a postdoc at UPenn. Participants must have passed all doctoral candidacy exams and be within two years of receiving their degree. Underrepresented minorities are encouraged to apply.

Senior graduate students from the Mid-Atlantic states are encouraged to apply: preference will be given to students from surrounding institutions within a 4-hour drive or train ride. Travel will be available for students attending the programs.

The one-day event takes place on September 25th, 2019 and consists of tours of the UPenn campus and laboratories, one-on-one meetings with faculty members of interest, networking opportunities to meet program directors and current postdoctoral trainees, and panel discussions to gain insight on resources and fellowship opportunities for postdocs at Penn. Travel and lodging expenses (if necessary) will be covered. Applications are due by July 15th, 2019. To apply, please go to PennVIEW.

Opportunity for senior graduate students or recent postdocs-OSU Postdoc Recruiting Event

Applications are now being accepted for the Ohio State University 2019 Fall Postdoctoral Recruitment Event, being held October 23-25, 2019.  This event will provide an excellent opportunity for outstanding postdocs and PhD students from leading graduate programs to meet research faculty, interview for open postdoctoral positions and discover the exciting and innovative research taking place at The Ohio State University and the Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital (NCH).  Selected candidates will visit the Ohio State campus, network with current OSU and NCH postdocs, present their research, interview with prospective mentors, and learn more about postdoctoral opportunities at Ohio State.  Full funding will be provided for travel expenses and candidates may be considered for a variety of opportunities, including fellowships, training grants, and other internal training programs.

Application for this event is open until September 9th and is available to postdocs or senior graduate students who have completed or expect to complete their PhD between December 2018 and May 2020.  Any candidates in the US (visa status does not matter) can apply and we are especially interested in reviewing applications from US Citizens and permanent residents who are training grant-eligible and/or who come from underrepresented backgrounds including African Americans, Hispanics or Latinos, American Indians or Alaskan Natives, Native Hawaiians or other Pacific Islanders, or persons with a disability.

More information can be found on our web page or the application can be accessed directly through the link below.

Our event flyer can be found here: To help us announce this opportunity, we ask that you please post our flyer, forward this email to any applicable graduate program coordinators and/or faculty, and encourage senior graduate students at your institution to apply!

If you have any questions about this program, please contact me by e-mail at or call (614-685-9140).