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R&D Senior Scientist, Synthetic Chemistry

Company: Moses Lake Industries
Location: Moses Lake
Posted on: September 24, 2022

Job Description:

R&D Senior Scientist, Synthetic Chemistry Moses Lake Industries, Inc. (MLI) is a rapidly growing producer of ultra-pure chemical products, serving the semiconductor, silicon and flat-panel screen industries worldwide. We deliver world class products to the leaders of the industries we serve. MLI is a drug and alcohol free business and an equal opportunity employer. We offer a challenging work environment with competitive wages and benefits.Schedule: Monday-Friday 8am-5pm, on-site, Moses Lake, WA (Flexible on shift start time)Position Summary: -Under the direction for the Senior Technology Director, the Senior Scientist will work independently, with other team members and other departments to accomplish the goals of the R&D Department and MLI. Projects typically involve development of new types of products or new capabilities for current and potential customers including but not limited to: development of synthetic methodologies; scaling synthetic processes; correlating synthetic, analytical and performance data to identify patterns and develop structure function relationships; troubleshooting synthetic processes; designing experiments to identity process key performance indicators and process windows. The Senior Scientist will demonstrate professional appearance, behavior and attitude at all times while performing his/her job duties.Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Contribute to developing new products and enhancing existing products based on customer, market, or technology needs working both independently and within teams receiving direction from a supervisor or senior scientist(s) to establish priorities and requirements.
  • Research, develop, and execute synthetic methods for target molecules, applying technical expertise to identify the most promising methods taking into account complex trade-offs including but not limited to safety, IP strategy, development and manufacturing cost, scalability, timeline, and risk.
  • Use technical expertise and Design of Experiments (DOE) methodologies to design and execute efficient, well though-out experiments with clear problem statements, hypothesis, well defined controls and baselines, and data-supported conclusions that are timely, consistent, meaningful, and accurate.
  • Perform hands-on laboratory work including but not limited to assembling, using and maintaining common laboratory equipment such as glassware, syringes, Schlenk lines, inert atmosphere chambers, rotary evaporators, recirculating chillers/heaters, pressure vessels, high precision balances, and dosing and vacuum pumps, maintaining all working areas and equipment in a clean, well-organized manner at all times.
  • Understand and apply complex or advanced chemical concepts in a laboratory setting. Examples include: generating balanced chemical equations; assessing stoichiometry; analyzing multicomponent mixtures to assess composition and impurity levels; correlating relative contribution of process or chemical variables to specific success criteria; comparing data to hypothetical or theoretical values; identifying key performance indicators and control variables such as pressures, temperatures, mixing rates, solvent effects, pH effects, etc. in reaction schemes; understanding and consistent application of significant digits and dimensional analysis; etc.
  • Analyze data using technical expertise, statistical methods, and other relevant methods including but not limited to: development of models with correlation to experimental data; plotting meaningful linear, non-linear and three dimensional graphical representations of data; calculation of standard deviations, control and specification limits; analysis of variation (ANOVA); calculation and application of confidence intervals; application of statistical process control (SPC) methodologies, etc.
  • Generate concise written summaries, procedures, specifications and other documents as needed expressing ideas and opinions clearly in properly structured, well-organized and grammatically correct reports and documents utilizing language and terminology that is understandable and relevant for the target audience and contains conclusions supported by data.
  • Drive troubleshooting and development of response-flow checklists (RFCs) using technical expertise and standard methodologies including but not limited to: Taguchi/fishbone analysis; 5-whys; Plan-Do-Check-Act (PDCA); Design of Experiments (DOE); population assessments such as p- and t-tests; etc.
  • Maintain a laboratory notebook with detailed and legible records of data, observations, and projects to support generation of MLI Intellectual Property (IP).
  • Read, understand and apply information in chemical literature, safety data sheets (SDS), and other relevant information sources to identify and mitigate risks of working with hazardous chemicals and processes. Hazards may include but are not limited to: use of toxic, carcinogenic, mutagenic, flammable, pyrophoric, highly reactive, materials in high pressure, negative pressure, extremely hot or cold, or other reaction profiles and equipment. -
  • Consistently focus on and prioritize safety including applying administrative, engineering and personal protective equipment and protocols at all times to ensure the safety of yourself, your colleagues and our community including safeguarding the environment and properly identifying, managing, and minimizing waste.
  • Collect and consolidate data from multiple sources including laboratory notebooks records, metrology reports, and chemical literature to enable evaluation of experimental outcomes by identifying important information, tracing possible causes of problems, and searching for practical solutions.
  • Prepare a weekly summary of specific activities, describing key activities accomplished, projects in progress with milestones and estimated completion dates, observations and opportunities for continuous improvement, requests for help needed, risks for completion of projects/tasks on schedule, and other relevant information.
  • Generate project plans and proposals with clear success criteria, well defined milestones, robust schedules, risk assessments with mitigation strategies, and resource needs well defined.
  • Other duties as assigned.Job Specific Competencies: -
    • Data gathering and analysis- -Collecting, consolidating, and using relevant information; recognizing important information; tracing possible causes of problems, and searching for practical data/solutions
    • Problem solving- -Being persistent and showing perseverance on achieving concrete and tangible results out of personal responsibility; getting optimum results from situations and being ready to take action and show tenacity in case of obstacles or resistance.
    • Results Orientation- -Being persistent and showing perseverance on achieving concrete and tangible results out of personal responsibility; getting optimum results from situations and being ready to take action and show tenacity in case of obstacles or resistance.
    • Usage of technical expertise- -Acquiring and applying technical and functional knowledge in one's own technological area of specialty.
    • Written communication- -Expressing ideas and opinions clearly in properly structured, well-organized, and grammatically correct reports or documents; utilizing language and terminology that is understandable for the reader.General Job Requirements: -
      • MLI Core Values-A strong culture is fundamental to the success of MLI and this is driven by our core company values. MLI expects employees to demonstrate and promote the values of Safety, Integrity, Ownership, Collaboration, Service and Sustainability.
      • Safety Conscious-Actively supporting and promoting MLI safety culture.
      • Uphold all MLI policies and "MLI Code of Conduct."
      • Strict compliance with Environmental and Safety regulations.
      • Compliance and individual accountability with the MLI Quality System and ISO Registration is required. It is the employee's commitment to ensure that the Company's actual practices and procedures are exercised as directed.Required Knowledge, Skills and Ability:
        • PhD in chemistry, chemical engineering or a related discipline such as biology or physics or equivalent experience.
        • 5+ years of relevant experience in an industrial or academic laboratory setting (preferred).
        • Working knowledge of computers and MS Office software.
        • Working knowledge of arithmetic and grammar.
        • Demonstrated ability to:
        • Follow written and verbal instructions in English.
        • Manage multiple priorities and projects simultaneously in order to meet established deadlines.
        • Work as a team and/or independently.
        • Perform tasks with attention to detail and accuracy.
        • Maintain regular and punctual attendance.Working Conditions: Duties are generally performed indoors and outdoors, in all weather conditions, in a 24-hour per day, seven day per week manufacturing environment. Handling and working with hazardous materials and chemical manufacturing equipment is routine. The employee may work in the presence of fumes or airborne particles, hot, toxic or corrosive chemicals, water, liquids and electrical equipment. The noise level in the work environment is occasionally loud. When working in the presence of these hazards, the employee is expected to follow company safety rules and use proper personal protection such as: hardhat, respirator, hearing protection, protective clothing, safety glasses, safety footwear, etc. MLI is an alcohol and drug free work place.Employees will work in a covered Process Safety Management (PSM) environment containing threshold quantities of flammable liquids and/or gasses that have a potential for fire or explosion. Employees working in this environment are required to be free from devices that are not considered intrinsically safe. Examples of devices that may not be intrinsically safe include Insulin Pumps, Pace Makers, Pain Management devices, etc.Definition: -Employees will work in a covered Process Safety Management (PSM) environment containing threshold quantities of flammable liquids and/or gasses that have a potential for fire or explosion. Employees working in this environment are required to be free from devices, including medical devices, that are not intrinsically safe. A -device -termed -intrinsically -safe -is designed to be incapable of producing heat or spark sufficient to ignite an explosive atmosphere, even if the -device -has experienced deterioration or has been damaged. Examples of devices that may not be intrinsically safe include Insulin Pumps, Pace Makers, Pain Management devices, etc.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 essential job functions.While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, stand, walk, talk and listen. The employee is frequently required to move full drums, handle and use objects, tools, controls or keyboards; reach with hands and arms; kneel, crouch and occasionally climb. The employee works around production equipment and material moving equipment that require observation and awareness of surroundings and attention to detail. Personal protective equipment may be required including lab coats, aprons, face shields, safety glasses or goggles, partial and or full-face respirators including full-face supplied-air respirators. Employees are expected to report to work well-rested and able to focus fully on the job at hand to ensure their own safety and the safety of their colleagues.The employee must regularly lift and move up to 50 pounds without assistance and, with assistance, containers, equipment and tools of greater weight. The employee is regularly required to see and read print, gauges and instrumentation. Specific vision abilities required are; close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.Located in central Washington, an outdoor recreational oasis, we offer a competitive compensation, medical, vision, and dental insurance benefits; paid time off (vacation, holiday, sick); 401(k) with employer match; life and AD&D insurance; short and long-term disability insurances, Education reimbursement, gym membership and other benefits. Relocation assistance is available. -MLI is an equal employment opportunity employer and is a drug & alcohol-free workplace. If you are prepared to work in an exciting and rewarding environment, we look forward to considering your experience and qualifications.Candidates who do not meet the minimum requirements for the position will not be considered.QualificationsSkillsRequired MicroSoft Office Advanced Preferred Leadership Advanced BehaviorsRequiredFunctional Expert: Considered a thought leader on a subject MotivationsRequiredAbility to Make an Impact: Inspired to perform well by the ability to contribute to the success of a project or the organization EducationRequiredPHD or better in Chemistry or related field.PreferredPHD or better in Chemical Engineering.ExperiencePreferred PhD in chemistry, chemical engineering or a related discipline such as biology or physics or equivalent experience. 5 years: Five or more years of relevant experience in an industrial or academic laboratory setting (preferred).

Keywords: Moses Lake Industries, Yakima , R&D Senior Scientist, Synthetic Chemistry, Other , Moses Lake, Washington

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