Chemist/Research Scientist I
AMRI - Albany, NY

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Job Description:
The Research Scientist I is expected to demonstrate
expertise in both the theoretical and practical aspects
of organic chemistry. Principal responsibility is the
synthesis, purification, and identification of chemical
intermediates and target compounds. A major component in
the scientist's performance rating will be based on
  • Synthesize known compounds efficiently using
literature or in-house notebook procedures.
  • Under supervisory direction, synthesize new
compounds by making appropriate modifications of
known methods. The range of reaction types handled
capably by the scientist will be significant.
  • Modify reaction conditions in order to improve
yields (design of new or alternate reaction
sequences is not a normal expectation, but will
enhance the performance evaluation of the
  • Purify synthesized chemicals to an appropriate
degree. The scientist will be able to use the full
range of chromatographic, crystallization, and
distillation techniques.
  • Analyze and identify compounds using a good range of
modern separation and spectroscopic techniques. This
will include interpretation of TLC, HPLC,
polarimetry, IR, and NMR spectra of moderate
  • Conduct literature searches for specific target
compounds, structures related to the target
compound, or to determine specific conditions for
compounds and reactions.
  • Organize work time so that several reactions are run
concurrently. Use time efficiently to produce target
compounds and perform other tasks.
  • Recommend and implement methods to increase the
quality of products and/or services.
  • Keep accurate, legible and complete records of all
experiments and observations.
  • Submit acceptable written periodic reports. Prepare
summaries of experimental findings reliably and
  • Discuss routinely with supervisor the status of
assigned programs and potential problems. The latter
is especially important in cases where the scientist
may be unfamiliar with the reagents or conditions to
be employed.
  • Communicate orally and in writing unexpected
occurrences which could adversely effect established
  • Manage workload and time to enable the incumbent to
perform multiple projects effectively, and ensure
all necessary paperwork is completed on a timely
  • Conduct laboratory operations in a safe manner.
Maintain familiarity with the Chemical Hygiene Plan.
Exhibit safety awareness and safe work practices.
  • Follow responsible actions regarding chemical
disposal. Maintain compliance with all regulations
at the federal, state, and local levels.
  • Practice preventive maintenance on laboratory
equipment and replenish laboratory supplies as stock
depletes to prevent laboratory “down-time.”
  • Volunteer to assist with tasks not directly related
to specific projects.
  • Participate in self-development activities and
training of others.
  • Perform other related duties as may be reasonably
assigned in the course of business.

Job Requirements:
  • Bachelors or Masters Degree with major in chemistry
or equivalent industrial experience
  • Chemical Hygiene training

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