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Formulation Research Associate II

Chicago, IL

Posted: 10/27/2020 Employment Type: Direct Hire Job Category: Clinical: Scientific Job Number: 2632

Job Description

The Research Associate assists in the development of stable and therapeutic pharmaceutical formulations. Under general supervision, this associate will work with formulation scientists seeking to develop therapeutic peptide and small molecule drug formulations targeting human disorders, including diabetes and epilepsy.

Essential Job Functions
  • Keeping the laboratory clean, organized and ensuring all the instruments are calibrated and functioning properly
  • Maintaining inventory of chemicals, reagents and other laboratory supplies
  • Direct interaction with equipment/supply vendors and customer service agents
  • Participating in laboratory meetings and planning sessions
  • Read literature applicable to research areas as required
  • Read and interpret compendial monographs and procedures (USP, EP etc.)
  • Perform the duties of a Laboratory Manager as required
  • Configure and operate laboratory instruments, including HPLC, Karl Fischer Titrator, Lyophlizer, etc.
  • Read and record instrument data, tabulate data, and keep detailed laboratory records.
  • Assist scientists by performing various investigative procedures and operating a variety of instruments and other scientific equipment.
  • Draft Standard Operating Procedures (SOP’ s) for basic operation of basic laboratory equipment (balances, stability chambers etc.)

Requirements / Qualifications:
  • A four-year college degree in a scientifically-related field (e.g. biology, chemistry, biochemistry, pharmaceutical sciences, etc.)
  • Minimum 1 year of hands-on laboratory experience. This does not include laboratory course work but can include time spent performing dedicated research toward a graduate degree.
  • Alternatively, a 2-year degree or certificate with 2 or more years of relevant industrial laboratory experience
  • Ability to learn complex tasks with general instruction and then perform them independently and reliably.
  • Ability to work independently as well as in a team.
  • Self-starter, resourceful, flexible, responsive, detail oriented and possess a good work ethic
  • Must possess excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to draft routine reports and maintain accurate and detailed records of work performed.
  • Previous experience in a quality control or other regulated (FDA, EPA etc.) testing laboratory a plus.
  • Must be able to stand for extended periods of time
  • Must be able to lift 25 lbs. or more.
  • Adequate vision (corrected or uncorrected) to read fine instruments such as caliper, instrument displays etc. and perform visual inspection for defects.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Productivity software (Excel, Word etc)

Working Conditions:
  • Position may require periodic evening and weekend work, as necessary to fulfill obligations. Periodic overnight travel.


Meet Your Recruiter

Kelley Cole
Clinical Recruiter

Kelley brings 5 years of experience in full life-cycle recruitment and talent acquisition management, along with a strong client services background, to her role as Clinical Recruiter for The Steely Group. A desire to make a difference and add positivity to this world are two factors that influenced Kelley’s decision to become a recruiter. “Connecting a candidate with a better opportunity that could have a huge impact on them and their family is very fulfilling,” she says.

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