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Required Scientist 1, Chemistry Development

LanceSoft Inc, San Diego CA


Job Title: Scientist 1, Chemistry Development

Job Location: 10975 Torreyana Road, San Diego, CA – 92121

Job Duration: 12 months (Contract on W2)

 Description Summary:

  • Serve as chemist supporting the development of      water-soluble synthetic polymers.
  • Individual will primarily support the prototyping, troubleshooting      and scaling of development materials.
  • Responsibilities include purification, analysis, and      post-modification of water-soluble polymers.
  • Individual must be comfortable working in      cross-functional teams under defined deadlines.
  • The successful candidate will have experience with      polymers, organic synthesis, macromolecule separations, and/or analytical      characterization with excellent attention to detail and ability to follow      standard, documented processes. 

Primary Duties:

  • Perform a variety of polymer processing, purification      and characterization steps to support the generation of new polymer      materials 
  • Purify aqueous polymers using common biochemistry      techniques (filtration, SEC, etc.) 
  • Remove solvent via rotary evaporation and/or      lyophilization 
  • Characterize polymer size by GPC/SEC chromatography      using established standard processes 
  • Perform small scale dye labeling reactions according to      established standard processes 
  • Perform established reactions to convert/activate      functional groups on final polymers 
  • Optical characterization of the polymer dyes including      measurement of absorbance and fluorescence emission spectra. 
  • Prepare outgoing materials and supporting (QC)      documentation 
  • Provide assistance as needed to maintain functioning      laboratory; including glassware cleaning, material ordering, inventory      control and other duties. 
  • Support documentation of R&D results in company      databases 

Basic Qualifications: 

Minimum Knowledge and Skills:
Organic Synthesis: 

  • Basic organic synthesis skills 
  • Ability to follow established reaction protocols and      standard processes 
  • Practice in using rotary evaporator

Analytical Skills: 

  • Basic experience with UV/Vis and/or fluorescence      spectroscopy 
  • Experience operating FPLC/HPLC/GPC equipment using      established protocols preferred 
  • Documentation in lab notebooks, checklists and basic      databases

Additional Laboratory Skills: 

  • Labeling and packaging 
  • Familiarity with separation/purification methods is a      plus 


  • Strong attention to detail 
  • Works in a team-based environment 
  • Multi-task to cover a variety of job functions 
  • Comfortable working in a fast-paced environment 
  • Demonstrated ability to follow established policies and      procedures 
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain neat, accurate and      complete notebook and batch records 
  • Ability to independently perform and analyze data and      identify issues in routine tests 
  • Familiarity with operation of routine laboratory      instruments and applicable software 

Education and Experience:

  • Typically requires BS in Chemistry or similar Life      Science discipline 

Typically requires minimum of 2 years of experience in a laboratory setting 

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