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Actalent Associate Chemist in Iowa City, Iowa


Position Summary

Perform difficult qualitative and quantitative chemical analyses involving mainly HPLC and UPLC instrumentation equipped with specialized detectors to conduct assays on stability and finished drug products.


• Follow Good Manufacturing Procedures (cGMP) using standard operating procedures, USP, EP and EPA monographs, UIP or client supplied methods to perform analytical processes.

• Update existing or write new operating procedures (SOPs) for routine to moderately difficult standard.

• Perform routine to moderately difficult equipment maintenance and calibration

Analysis and Development


  • HPLC, UPLC, LCMS or GC analysis on cleaning validation, dissolution, QC, and stability samples

  • HPLC, UPLC, LCMS or GC and other method development and validation

  • USP monograph testing

  • Technology transfers of methods between laboratories

  • UV-Vis analysis and pH testing of QC and stability samples

  • Read methods/prepare samples/document all procedures

  • Diagnose and resolve laboratory equipment, testing procedure, and system malfunctions

  • Check reports for accuracy and completeness for projects performed.

  • Review notebooks /calculations/documentation for accuracy and completeness according to laboratory norms.

  • Verify the laboratory contains proper reagents, reference materials and equipment to complete testing.

  • Calculate results obtained in analyses using software packages associated with the instrumentation or spreadsheets.

  • Provide final signature and database control for release documents.

  • Write and revise analytical methods.

  • Functions as second signature.


Chemistry, Analytical chemistry, Hplc, Compounding, Gmp, Titration, Chromatography, Gas chromatography, Chemical, Wet chemistry, Analytic

Additional Skills & Qualifications:

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 (typically 3-5 years) performing laboratory testing in a regulated environment including:

  • Analytical chemistry (UV-Vis spectroscopy, FTIR, pH, moisture determination, titrations, etc.)

  • High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC) or Gas Chromatography (GC) with associated software packages used in pharmaceutical quality control or similar industry

  • Laboratory testing including the ability to independently troubleshoot analytical method and instrumentation issues

  • Documentation of analytical results in a regulated environment

  • Standard Operating Procedures

  • Collaboration and Embracing Diversity, Service Excellence/Customer Focus and Positive Impact/Achieving Results

  • Effective communication (written and verbal) skills

  • Microsoft Office (i.e., Word, Excel and Outlook)

  • Demonstrated increased responsibility operating laboratory equipment including the ability to independently troubleshoot laboratory equipment and technical systems problems

  • Proven ability to work independently with a high level of discretion.

Experience Level:

Entry Level

About Actalent:

Actalent connects passion with purpose. Our scalable talent solutions and services capabilities drive value and results and provide the expertise to help our customers achieve more. Every day, our experts around the globe are making an impact. We’re supporting critical initiatives in engineering and sciences that advance how companies serve the world. Actalent promotes consultant care and engagement through experiences that enable continuous development. Our people are the difference. Actalent is an operating company of Allegis Group, the global leader in talent solutions.

The company is an equal opportunity employer and will consider all applications without regards to race, sex, age, color, religion, national origin, veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information or any characteristic protected by law.