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Danaher Corporation Chemical Synthesis Technician in Ames, Iowa


This position serves as a chemical synthesis technician in our pilot plant chemical manufacturing area. Responsible for safely handling large quantities of chemicals during chemical manufacturing. This position does bulk reagent preparation and control per established manufacturing procedures. Products may include solutions, powders, and dyes.

Schedule: Monday-Friday 6:00 AM-2:30 PM. Overtime may be required.


  • Manufacture bulk reagents using existing formularies.

  • Perform production controls and adjust bulk reagents to meet product specifications and

ensure customer quality. Release conforming materials to processing, packaging or stock in a timely manner.

  • Support the Advanced Technicians in the department in the scheduling of the manufacturing area.

  • Utilizing continuous improvements methods to work with support teams to implement new changes in chemical manufacturing process or procedures.

  • Operate and maintain all manufacturing equipment in a safe and productive manner per company safety policy.

  • Submit work orders to the Maintenance and Engineering groups to define needed machinery

maintenance, spare parts, PM tasks, etc.

  • Keep accurate production and inventory records. Perform computer data entry and work order transactions (LOTS, scrap, Oracle, etc.).

  • Coordinate with buyer to ensure proper raw material inventory and ordering (Kanban and re-order point).

  • Assist Analytical Services with troubleshooting and problem solving of products and procedures.

Other Non-Essential Functions:

  • Other duties as defined by the manager


  • 1 year of organic chemistry with lab is required.

  • Analytical chemistry/Quantitative Analysis with lab is preferred

  • 2 or more years’ experience in a chemical production, process, or technician role OR BS degree with 1 or more years’ experience in a chemical production, process, or technician role.

  • Must be able to lift consistently up to 50 lbs.

  • Must be able to wear respirator.


  • Demonstrated ability to communicate with others professionally and clearly.

  • Demonstrated ability to use analytical laboratory technique (use of volumetric glassware to make standard solutions, perform dilutions, and perform titrations)

  • Ability to gather and analyze data

  • Mechanical ability preferred. Ability to use hand tools.

  • Familiar with metric system and knowledge of algebra

  • Computer skills: Word, Excel, Outlook, and Internet required. Experience using Access preferred.

  • Ability to use several types of chemical manufacturing machinery, e.g. laboratory instrumentation, jacketed reactors, filtration systems, pilot plant scale synthesis.


The physical demands described herein 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 frequently required to reach with hands and arms. The employee is constantly required to, stand/or sit, squat, turn/twist, reach, use hands to: finger, handle, feel or operate objects, tools or controls. The employee is occasionally required to hear, walk, climb, balance, stoop, bend, kneel, crouch or crawl, and talk, and smell.

The employee must frequently lift, carry, push or pull up to 50 pounds and/or occasionally lift, carry, push or pull up to 100 or more pounds (utilizing team lift, and ergonomic equipment).

Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing 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 may be subjected to moving mechanical parts, electrical currents, vibrations, fumes, odors, dusts, gases, oils, extreme temperatures and work space restrictions. Will be working in a pilot scale chemical synthesis environment.

Frequent/daily exposure to large quantities/volumes of hazardous and nonhazardous chemicals.

The noise level in the work environment is occasionally loud.

Employees will be required to wear the proper Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) which may include: eye, hearing and respiratory protection, protective smock, steel toe shoes, gloves, hard hats, or face shields. Contact lenses ARE NOT allowed in chemical synthesis area.

The duties listed in job descriptions are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position. The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change. The purpose of this description is to assist in ADA compliance and is not intended for other purposes such as collective bargaining, or compensation.


External hiring into this position is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment drug screen and background check and possible credit history review.

When you join us, you’ll also be joining Danaher’s global organization, where 69,000 people wake up every day determined to help our customers win. As an associate, you’ll try new things, work hard, and advance your skills with guidance from dedicated leaders, all with the support of powerful Danaher Business System ( tools and the stability of a tested organization.Danaher Corporation and all Danaher Companies are committed to equal opportunity regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or other characteristics protected by law. We value diversity and the existence of similarities and differences, both visible and not, found in our workforce, workplace and throughout the markets we serve. Our associates, customers and shareholders contribute unique and different perspectives as a result of these diverse attributes.The EEO posters are available here ( .We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform crucial job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us at 202.419.7762 or to request accommodation.If you’ve ever wondered what’s within you, there’s no better time to find out.