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Sr R&D Scientist

Date: Jun 24, 2022

Location: Albany, OR, US, 97322

Company: W. R. Grace & Co.


Requisition ID: 19463

Built on talent, technology, and trust, Grace is a leading global supplier of catalysts and engineered materials. The company’s two industry-leading business segments—Catalysts Technologies and Materials Technologies—provide innovative products, technologies, and services that enhance the products and processes of our customers around the world. Grace employs approximately 4,300 people in over 30 countries.


Job Description

The Oregon plant of W. R. Grace & Co is seeking a Senior R&D Chemist, experienced in chemical process development.  This position reports to the R&D Manager and is responsible for developing novel synthetic routes and chemical manufacturing processes to produce a variety of complex pharmaceutical intermediates. 


Major Responsibilities:  

  • Design and perform synthetic organic chemistry experiments efficiently and independently; monitor chemical reactions and product quality using chromatographic and spectroscopic techniques.
  • Define parameters for robust and efficient chemical processes to achieve fundamental understanding of process performance and capabilities.
  • Generate high quality experimental data, detailed protocols of chemical processes, and technical documents to support transfer of the processes to production.
  • Collaborate with analytical chemists to develop optimal methods for quality determination of process products.
  • Develop novel and creative solutions to overcome process and manufacturing difficulties.
    Present scientific findings to project/program cross-functional teams in a concise and impactful manner.

Required Skills

  • Enthusiasm, integrity, self motivation, and ability to interact within a multi-disciplinary team.
  • Leadership experience desirable.

Required Experience

  • Ph.D. degree in organic chemistry with minimum 5 years of fine chemicals industry experience in a process chemistry research group.
  • Pharmaceutical industry experience preferred.
  • Demonstrated track record of scientific achievement: publications, patents, key role in successfully completed commercialized projects.
  • In-depth knowledge of organic chemistry, synthetic methodology, and reaction mechanisms.
  • Extensive experience in multi-step organic synthesis including reaction design, execution, and development of workup, isolation, and crystallization procedures.
  • Experience collecting key experimental and analytical data to support research and development decisions. Familiarity with modern analytical methods and techniques.
  • Experience applying spectroscopic methods (NMR, LC-MS, IR, etc) for structure determination and utilizing various analytical techniques (HPLC, NMR, GC, etc.) for quantitative data collection.
  • Proficient with software programs such as MS Office suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), SciFinder, Reaxys, Nerac, Chemdraw.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills. Ability to prepare comprehensive reports for internal use and for customers.



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EOE Statement:  W. R. Grace & Co. is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, veteran status or any other legally protected status.


If you are a qualified individual with a disability or a disabled veteran, you may request a reasonable accommodation.

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