Reagent Production Chemist

Sunnyvale, CA

Posted: 09/15/2020 Position Categories: Science

Job Description

Sets up and operates automatic or semiautomatic machines and related equipment in a continuous production/processing operation. Responsible for supporting the Bulk Buffer, Reagents and Bead production laboratories by following good documentation practices (cGDP) and relevant standard operating procedures (SOPs). Complete assigned tasks and ensure all activities are compliant with the company’s quality, safety and departmental policies and standards. 



  • Work safely with hazardous chemicals and follow all safety policies fostering a safe work environment
  • Immediately report all safety concerns including injuries and safety suggestions
  • Uses existing procedures to solve routine or standard problems
  • Responsible for: liquid bead formulation, bulk buffer formulation, bead dropping using a beadulator, loading and unloading beads from the lyophilizer, sieving of beads, aliquoting and labeling of dyes and grease
  • Performs release testing including LSP, PCR, pH, Moisture, Conductivity and Density testing
  • Applies general knowledge of business developed through education or experience
  • Uses existing procedures to solve routine or standard problems
  • Perform accurate real time documentation to ensure right first time (RFT) operations
  • Perform verification and review of peer activities
  • Train others on testing responsibilities
  • Monitors meters, gauges, valves, flow ratios, temperatures, pressures, and related controls and guidelines to ensure adherence to production/process specifications.
  • Follows engineering drawings, work order information, Manufacturing Assembly Procedures, SOPs, and other written and verbal specifications in the manufacturing process.
  • Installs, modifies, moves, troubleshoots, repairs and dismantles machinery and equipment according to requisition established documentation (e.g., SOPs), layout plans, blueprints or other drawings.
  • Performs the set-up, calibration, testing and troubleshooting of circuits, components, instruments and mechanical assemblies. Assembles mechanical units, fabricated parts/components and/or electrical/electronic systems to make sub-assemblies, assemblies or complete units using hand tools, power tools, jigs, fixtures and miscellaneous equipment.  
  • Monitor equipment and inform leads or management of any issues
  • Maintain laboratory housekeeping including reagent and equipment inventory levels
  • Recognize issues and defects and complete necessary documentation and escalate accordingly
  • Recommend and implement improvement ideas in the lab that will positively affect production efficiency, Quality and Safety
  • Assist other department in qualification of new methods and instruments
  • Trouble shoot equipment and assay failures
  • Suggest and assist in SOP revisions
  • Assists management with audit activities

Job Requirements

Bachelor’s degree with 0-2 years of related work experience.

Must be able to follow cGMP and cGLPs, FDA and ISO standards

Must be able to follow direction, able to understand SOPs and demonstrate understanding through speech and/or written form

Proficiency in computer systems such as Word, Excel, SAP and e-mail

Has a good understanding of how the team integrates with others to achieve objectives

Requires conceptual knowledge of theories, practices and procedures within a discipline

Physical requirements/abilities: Must be able to lift 25 Lb Must be able to stand for several hours. Work may involve repetitive arm/wrist motions. Ability to transport heavy materials up to 400 Lb with the appropriate machine or equipment assist. Ability to work in a controlled environment


Bachelor’s Degree in Life Sciences

Experience working in a GMP/ISO manufacturing environment

Experience using analytical scales, Pipettes and working with hazardous chemicals

Flexibility with the work schedule including modified shift times, overtime and weekends

Additional Information

For more than forty years, Richmar Associates has connected talented job seekers with Silicon Valley businesses from start-ups to Fortune 500. We specialize in the temporary and direct placement services business. Based in the Silicon Valley, Richmar offers staffing solutions that include temporary, temp-to-hire, payroll service, vendor management and direct placement services to clients in the High-Tech Industry.

Richmar is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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