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Danaher Corporation Chemist III, R&D in Ames, Iowa

POSITION SUMMARY: The R&D Chemist III works with a small team of chemists and cross-functional teams to research, develop, design, modify, test and prepare chemical products and product applications. This position works to solve complex problems within the chemistry team and takes a new perspective using existing solutions. Continuous improvement mindset and attitude with little supervision and guidance for use with Hach's systems for analysis. Working in cross-functional teams; brainstorm, problem-solving; working with production/manufacturing.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • A Chemist III, R & D uses recognized, expert skill in developing new chemical methods of analysis for use on Hach instrumentation through independent research. Actively demonstrates expert level knowledge of a wide range of analytical techniques, methods, chemical principles, and laboratory practices during the development of new analysis products.

  • Drives and maintains safe working environments.

  • Exhibits solid practical experience while working closely with marketing in commercialization of new/modified product or application launches.

  • Develops and generates formularies and quality control procedures for new and modified test reagents with minimal supervision.

  • Provides direction to other chemists, engineering, and operations regarding chemical aspects of design and manufacturing. May supervise chemistry technicians or interns. Mentors junior scientists and engineers

  • Prepares calibrations for Hach chemistries for use on Hach instrumentation.

  • Writes summary reports of development work completed to keep company personnel informed of project status.

  • Reviews technical journals and competitive literature to maintain company competitiveness.

  • Demonstrates teaching level experience in assisting manufacturing associates with chemistry-related items to facilitate production efficiency.

  • Has the ability to translate market understanding into applications projects and determine impact on original design of product.

    OTHER FUNCTIONS:

  • Develops the deadlines, projects, and work to be done in consultation with the supervisor. Determines the approach to be taken and the methodology to be used. Keeps the supervisor informed of progress, potentially controversial matters, or far-reaching implications. Completed work is generally reviewed only from an overall standpoint in terms of feasibility, compatibility with other work and departments (e.g. engineering design), or effectiveness in meeting requirements or expected results.

  • Uses initiative and resourcefulness in deviating from traditional methods, such as those found in the literature.

  • Uses DOE and statistical analysis as needed.

  • Combines varied duties requiring many different and unrelated processes and methods, such as those relating to well-established aspects of a scientific or engineering field.

  • Establishes criteria; formulates projects; assesses program effectiveness; or investigates or analyzes a variety of unusual conditions, problems, or questions.

  • Establishes personal contacts with individuals or groups from inside and outside Hach in a moderately unstructured setting, with a purpose to plan, coordinate, or advise on work efforts or to resolve operating problems by influencing or motivating individuals or groups

  • Provides chemistry knowledge to the project or business area of focus. The position includes demonstrating solid practical experience in adjacent scientific fields and methods.

  • Assists customers and Customer Service Department to resolve analysis questions.

  • Adheres to the company’s Quality System, through proper use of departmental procedures.

  • Reviews project and calibration reports written by others, to ensure technical accuracy.

  • Supports and travels to key account and selected field sites to determine market applications and needs.

  • Provides information on strategic planning and technology evaluation as needed.

  • Writes chemical analysis procedures for incorporation into product formularies and controls.

  • Presents and/or publishes technical or application-focused papers, notes, poster sessions, seminars, etc. to aid in promotion of company’s technical image and to help promote company marketing efforts.

  • Follows guidelines such as department policies, hazardous materials regulations and procedures, experimental precedents, and work directions for application to specific cases or problems. Recommends changes, exceptions, or adaptations to these things as suitable to improve the safety, effectiveness and performance of the department or company.

    QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Ph.D./M.S. degree in chemistry, chemical engineering, or related field. 5 plus years (for M.S.) of direct related experience in chemistry manufacturing, product development, or R&D. (0-2 years for Ph.D.).

  • B.S. in chemistry, chemical engineering, or related field with 12 plus years of direct related experience.

  • Demonstrated ability in chemistry design, characterization, function testing, problem solving.

  • Expert level ability chemistry skills, analytical laboratory techniques, practices, and procedures. Superior understanding of chemical principles. Strong analytical skills.

  • Clear ability to communicate and present technical information to non-technical associates.

  • Demonstrated knowledge in at least two areas of chemistry (e.g., analytical, organic, or inorganic).

  • Experience with characterization techniques (UV-Vis, DSC, TGA, SEM, FT-IR, XPS, NMR, etc.) is highly desirable.

    ENVIRONMENT

PHYSICAL DEMANDS

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

The employee must frequently lift, carry, push or pull up to 20 pounds and occasionally lift, carry, push or pull up to 50 pounds.

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

WORK ENVIRONMENT

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.

The work environment consists of an indoor, work or home office environment with good ventilation, adequate lighting, and low noise levels.

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.

PRE-EMPLOYMENT TESTING

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.

You can apply for this role through the Careers Page at https://jobs.danaher.com/global/en/ (or through the Workday “Find Jobs” function if you are a current employee)

Danaher Corporation and all Danaher Companies are equal opportunity employers that evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or other characteristics protected by law. The “EEO is the Law” poster is available here (http://www.dol.gov/ofccp/regs/compliance/posters/pdf/eeopost.pdf) .

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