Assistant Chemist

The University of Iowa

Iowa City, IA Education & Training / Scientific

Job Reference #: 20001523

Responsible for qualitative and quantitative chemical analyses of raw materials, in-process samples and finished product. Perform analyses using a combination of wet chemistry techniques and analytical instrumentation in accordance to FDA current Good Manufacturing (cGMP) using standard operating procedures, USP, EP and FCC monographs, UIP or client supplied methods.

Duties to include:


  • Document legibly the procedures and results obtained in laboratory notebooks according to established regulatory guidelines.
  • Assist in calibration and maintenance of instruments used in analysis according to regulatory guidelines.
  • Interpret policies, regulations and guidelines to ensure compliance within area of assignment.
  • Update existing or write SOP for routine analyses and basic scientific equipment as assigned.

Analysis and Development

  • Perform GC, HPLC and UV analysis under supervision.
  • Enter and calculate results obtained in the above analysis in spreadsheets or databases.
  • Prepare materials and solvents for analytical assays.
  • Perform dissolution testing.


  • Cross-train and provide a ssistance and back-up support with other assistant chemists and other staff as assigned in processes and procedures.

Human Resources

  • May provide functional supervision of staff, including training.

Financial Responsibility

  • May initiate purchasing requests for supplies and equipment.

About University of Iowa Pharmaceuticals (UIP):

University of Iowa Pharmaceuticals is a Food and Drug Administration-registered pharmaceutical manufacturing facility, providing expertise in contract pharmaceutical development services to clients around the world. This is an exciting time to join UIP, as the business continues to grow in capabilities, new clients and revenue. In 2020 the College of Pharmacy will be moving into a new $96.3 million College of Pharmacy building. The lower level of this new building will be home to the UIP new sterile products manufacturing area which will be approximately 16,000 square feet and will increase UIP batch size capacity approximately 5-fold to 20,000 vials/batch.

Education Requirement

  • Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry or a science with emphasis on analytical chemistry, or an equivalent combination of education and experience in a similar type of laboratory.

Experience Required

  • Experience operating High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC) or Gas Chromatography (GC).
  • History of laboratory equipment operation.
  • Ability to effectively communicate verbally and in written form.
  • Use or knowledge of Microsoft Office (i.e., Word, Excel and Outlook).

Physical requirements with or without reasonable accommodation:

  • Achieve passing criteria in visual testing (minimum of 20/20 visual acuity with or without corrected lenses)*
  • Be able to wear a respirator**
  • Evaluation will be conducted by the University of Iowa Employee Health Clinic.

Desirable Qualifications

  • Experience (typically 6 months - 1 year) performing laboratory testing in an industry setting under Food and Drug Administration (FDA) current Good Manufacturing (cGMP) or comparable regulations.
  • Experience with associated software packages used in pharmaceutical quality control or similar industry.
  • Experience with analytical chemistry (FTIR, UV-VIS spectroscopy, pH, moisture determination, titrations, etc.).
  • Technical writing skills.
  • Capable of using United States Pharmacopeia (USP), European Pharmacopeia (EP) and Food Chemicals Codex (FCC) monographs or supplied methods, to complete testing.
  • Familiar with Standard Operating Procedures (SOP).

Application Details:

In order to be considered for an interview, applicants must upload a resume and cover letter and mark them as a "Relevant File" to the submission.

Job openings are posted for a minimum of 14 calendar days and may be removed from posting and filled any time after the original posting period has ended. Successful candidates will be subject to a criminal background check and credential check. Up to 5 professional references will be requested at a later step in the recruitment process.

The University of Iowa is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment free from discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, religion, associational preference, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.

Application Instructions:

Applicants may provide current respirator clearance certification dated within six months of the date of the offer, from a similar health clinic or health provider in lieu of the evaluation by UI Employee Health Clinic.

Job ID: 70535

Posted 7 days ago

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