Scientist, Quality (Data Reviewer)

Posted 05 Dec 2019

Madison, Wisconsin - United States

Req Id 200761


A career with MilliporeSigma is an ongoing journey of discovery: our 52,000 people are shaping how the world lives, works and plays through next generation advancements in healthcare, life science and performance materials. For more than 350 years and across the world we have passionately pursued our curiosity to find novel and vibrant ways of enhancing the lives of others. MilliporeSigma is a business of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany.

Your Role: 

The main function of this role will include data review, root cause investigation, and technical writing. However, the Scientist, Quality position should be familiar with analysis of samples in the Quality Control department and all related paperwork.  Analysis involves the use of HPLC, GC, KF, DSC, TGA, IR, MS, NMR and XRPD among other tests and instruments.  The position demonstrates the ability to work on, and solve, problems independently with some guidance.  This position may also assist with performing method qualification and validations, as well as developing analytical methods to support validations, and maintaining project timing/costs by interacting with internal/external clients to assure project goals are met. This position is responsible for writing protocols and standard operating procedures, and training other staff on laboratory techniques as needed.  Other responsibilities include participation in process improvement initiatives, maintaining a clean and safe working environment, and supporting the department in maintaining the laboratory in an audit ready state. The Scientist, Quality position, like all positions at SAFC, will require a willingness to contribute to the overall success of the company by assisting in many areas beyond specific job duties. 


Work on complex problems in which analysis of data requires an in-depth evaluation of various factors.  

Exercise judgment within broadly defined procedures and practices to select technique, methods, and evaluation criteria for obtaining results.

May determine methods and procedures on new assignments and provide guidance for new or less experienced personnel.

Able to solve problems and make decisions with minimal assistance.

Able to interpret analytical data (including FT-IR, 1H NMR, MS).

Write stability protocols, maintain stability chambers/programs, review/manage stability reports, interact with customers to support stability program.

Develop testing methods to support cleaning verification program; validate or verify methods as necessary.

Perform cleaning verification by executing existing methods.

Perform review of analytical data for accuracy and quality.

Train new or less experienced personnel in SOP content, analytical techniques, and instrument use.

Meet with internal project groups to keep projects on track.

Maintain projects and timelines with minimal oversight.

Execute method transfers into QC and write summary reports.

Perform method validations and write technical reports.

Perform instrument calibration (IQ/OQ/PQ/PM) and routine equipment maintenance/repair.

Analytically test in-process, final products, intermediates, and raw materials.  Testing will involve the use of HPLC, GC, KF, DSC, TGA, IR, MS, NMR and XRPD among other tests and instruments.

Participate in OOS investigations via testing and good documentation.

Apply critical thinking and good problem-solving skills to thoroughly investigate deviations, identify root causes, and propose appropriate corrective/preventive actions with minimal assistance from supervisor

Perform requalification of reference standards, and maintain reference standard inventory/documentation.

Write and revise SOPs including raw material, intermediate, and final product specifications.

Document testing properly and in a timely fashion, including keeping laboratory notebooks accurate and up to date.

Demonstrate proper laboratory techniques.

Work cooperatively within the QC department and with other departments to achieve project goals.  Communicate with project management and provide technical updates

Work in compliance with effective procedures and regulatory requirements outlined in ICH Q7 and 21 CFR Parts 11, 210 and 211 as applicable

Work in a safe manner and maintain the cleanliness of the work environment.

Work in accordance with FDA, OSHA, EPA, DNR, DOT, and other regulatory agency guidelines.


Who You Are:

Minimum Qualifications:

  • B.S. in Chemistry or related biological sciences
  • 5+ years related work experience in a GLP or cGMP analytical laboratory environment.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • 8+ years related work experience in a GLP or cGMP analytical laboratory environment.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, as well as excellent documentation practices. 
  • Ability to work in analytical testing labs with hazardous and toxic chemicals. 
  • Knowledge and understanding of basic organic analytical chemistry are preferred.


Physical requirements: 

Regularly required to sit, stand, walk, reach above the shoulder, stoop, kneel, twist, crouch, or crawl for extended periods of time.  Must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds unassisted and be capable of pushing and pulling heavy materials to complete assignments.  May be required to lift more poundage with assistance.  Must be able to speak, hear, taste, and smell.  Specific vision requirements include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth vision, and the ability to adjust focus.  Regularly use phones, computers, computer monitors, and all office/laboratory equipment.  Required to type at a computer keyboard and can read CRTs/computer monitors. Environmental conditions:  Work near moving mechanical parts.  Frequently required to wear appropriate protective gear (hard hats, lab coats, safety glasses/goggles, chemical resistant sleeves, gloves, safety shoes) and other personal protective equipment “PPE” to protect from toxic or corrosive chemicals in the forms of liquids, solids, vapors, or airborne particles.  Must be willing to work with highly potent/hazardous materials requiring the use of proper PPE, which could include half/full face respirators.

What we offer: With us, there are always opportunities to break new ground. We empower you to fulfil your ambitions, and our diverse businesses offer various career moves to seek new horizons. We trust you with responsibility early on and support you to draw your own career map that is responsive to your aspirations and priorities in life. Join us and bring your curiosity to life!

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