R&D Scientist

Date: May 22, 2024

Location: South Haven, MI, US, 49090

Company: W. R. Grace & Co.

Band Grade: 4-15


Job Description

Grace South Haven is looking for a qualified and energetic chemist to join our R&D team.  The R&D Chemist will work on developing processes for new products to enable scale-up to the kilo lab and pilot plant settings.  The position requires a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry and an aptitude in the synthesis of small peptides (solution phase) and protected amino acids, for application towards API or an MS in Chemistry with experience in API process development, process scaleup and synthesis of small peptides (solution phase) and protected amino acids. The successful candidate must be a highly productive, results-oriented individual capable of generating and implementing original ideas and solutions that contribute materially to the success and development of drug substance candidates. Strong communication, organization, and planning skills; and a high level of technical expertise and creativity are required for success in this position.



  • Responsible for defining, developing, and demonstrating commercially viable processes for custom products with a focus on developing economical and robust processes while minimizing waste streams.
  • Sound understanding of synthetic organic chemistry fundamentals, technical knowledge and experience in small peptides solution phase synthesis and protected amino acids and, process scale-up, troubleshooting, and optimization
  • Familiarity with modern laboratory instrumentation (NMR, HPLC)
  • Ability to design and develop novel synthetic routes that can be scaled to kilo lab or plant assets
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills and must have the ability to interact, lead, and collaborate within an interdisciplinary team environment.
  • Experience with laboratory automation equipment – parallel reactor technology.
  • Proven ability in problem solving and multi-tasking.
  • High Achiever / Self-starter / Strong Interpersonal Skills.
  • Ability to balance individual and team responsibilities.
  • Highly organized with excellent communication skills - verbal and written.



Required Qualifications

  • Ph.D. Organic Chemistry minimum 1-5 years of experience.
  • MS with 5-10 years of experience in API development/manufacturing.  #GRACE, #indeed


Link to information on Grace Benefits:


 US Benefits


  • Medical, Dental, Vision Insurance
  • Life Insurance and Disability
  • Grace Wellness Program
  • Flexible Workplace
  • Retirement Plans
  • 401(k) Company Match – Dollar to dollar up to the first 6%
  • Paid Vacation and Holidays
  • Parental Leave (salaried only)
  • Tuition Reimbursement

Grace is not accepting unsolicited assistance from search firms for this employment opportunity. Please, no phone calls or emails. All resumes submitted by search firms to any employee at Grace via email, the Internet or in any form and/or method without a valid written search agreement in place for this position will be deemed the sole property of Grace. No fee will be paid in the event the candidate is hired by Grace as a result of the referral or through other means.

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