Work in Iowa Energy Jobs

Job Information

Cambrex High Point Post-Doctoral Fellow in Charles City, Iowa

Company Information

You Matter to Cambrex.

Cambrex is a leading global contract development and manufacturing organization (CDMO) that provides drug substance, drug product, and analytical services across the entire drug lifecycle. With more than 40 years of experience and a growing team of over 2,000 professionals servicing global clients, Cambrex is a trusted partner in branded and generic markets for API and dosage form development and manufacturing.

Your Work Matters.

At Cambrex, we strive to build a culture where all colleagues have the opportunity to:

  • engage in work that matters to our customers and the patients they serve

  • learn new skills and enjoy new experiences in an engaging and safe environment

  • strengthen connections with coworkers and the community

    We’re committed to attracting and nurturing a passionate team of valued professionals in our fast-paced and growing company. We offer a competitive benefits package that includes healthcare, life insurance, planning for retirement, and more!

    Your Future Matters.

    Known for our customer-focused scientific and manufacturing excellence, as well as our strong commitment to quality and safety, we offer a range of career and growth opportunities across our global network of locations. Together with our customers, we aim to improve the quality of life for patients around the world. Start a career where You Matter by applying today!

Job Overview

Position is directed toward optimization of existing chemical routes and development of alternate chemistry toward key synthetic intermediates and APIs. Carries out multistep chemical synthesis and product isolation/purification operations in the laboratory, independently or as part of an integrated team. Chemist utilizes modern analytical tools to determine identity and purity of products made during projects. Communication with clients in regular team meetings; prepares R&D reports at the conclusion of projects.


  • Carry out multistep organic syntheses, isolation, and purification of targeted products under supervision or direction of a senior member of the team.

  • Must possess a basic understanding of modern organic synthesis methodologies.

  • The chemist must have a fundamental understanding of modern analytical and spectroscopic techniques and may possess the ability to interpret the corresponding data and spectra.

  • Must demonstrate a proficiency to carry out laboratory syntheses and purification techniques on scales ranging from milligrams to several kilograms.

  • Require minimal supervision and be able to coordinate project activities and resource usage.

  • Demonstrate ability to write comprehensive reports at the conclusion of projects for internal and customer use.

  • With manager input, assist in advising clients on key regulatory guidance.

  • Work to ensure that a spirit of teamwork and cooperation always exists within the group.

  • Conduct laboratory operations in a safe manner. Maintain familiarity with the company’s chemical hygiene plan. Exhibit safety awareness and safe work practices.

  • Work closely with manufacturing and GMP operations to coordinate project related equipment and activities.

    This position works with and handles hazardous materials and wastes. Must have the appropriate qualifications to read, understand, apply, and communicate written and verbal information regarding handling and managing hazardous wastes. Training is required within six months of assuming duty and once a year thereafter. Responsible for recognizing emergency situations concerning hazardous materials and wastes.


Organic Chemistry Knowledge: Basic understanding of the Principles of Organic Chemistry

Cross Discipline Knowledge: E xposure to analytical chemistry

GMP/Regulatory Knowledge: Basic awareness of GMP

Instrumentation: Basic understanding of key analytical R&D equipment, can operate independently once instructed

Communication: Good written and oral communication skills, demonstration of successful interdepartmental communication

Problem Solving: Ability to support laboratory investigations with senior leadership or manager support

Time Management: Reasonable ability to handle one or more tasks or projects, often with supervision

Leadership: Shares ideas with peers

Technical Documentation and Review: Ability to write technical documents with assistance, keep current lab notebook while practicing GDP

External Influence: Occasionally participates in internal project team meetings, as needed; demonstrated ability to work within a team matrix

Industry Credibility and Rapport: Known as a solid scientific contributor within the department/group

Operational Excellence: Demonstrated interest in improvement of operational aspects of the group/team

Change Orientation: Provides constructive feedback for Cam brex initiatives

Education, Experience & Licensing Requirements

Entry level Ph.D. in chemistry with no industrial experience.

Hands on experience in synthetic organic chemistry in a research environment.

Excellent verbal and written communication/interpersonal skills, organizational skills, and the ability to work in a diverse team environment are essential.

  • Ability to lift and move items up to 25 pounds.

  • Must be able to perform tasks requiring physical mobility, including standing for long periods, bending, and reaching. Occasionally required to climb stair towers and ladders.

  • Exposure to chemicals, moving parts, vibration, and noise within an industrial setting.

  • May require occasional travel for training or certification.

    All requirements are subject to possible modifications to reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities. Cambrex Corporation is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer and will consider all qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, sexual orientation, or gender identity), ancestry, national origin, place of birth, age, marital status, disability/handicap, genetic information, veteran status, or other characteristics protected by federal, state, and/or local law.