BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company) Scientist I, Chemistry Development in San Diego, California

Job Description Summary

Job Description

Serve as Chemist supporting the development of water soluble synthetic polymers. Individual will primarily support the prototyping, troubleshooting and scaling of development materials. Responsibilities include purification, analysis, and post-modification of water-soluble polymers. Individual must be comfortable working in cross-functional teams under defined deadlines. The successful candidate will have experience with polymers, organic synthesis, macromolecule separations, and/or analytical characterization with excellent attention to detail and ability to follow standard, documented processes.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Perform a variety of polymer processing, purification and characterization steps to support the generation of new polymer materials

  • Purify aqueous polymers using common biochemistry techniques (filtration, SEC, etc.)

  • Remove solvent via rotary evaporation and/or lyophilization

  • Characterize polymer size by GPC/SEC chromatography using established standard processes

  • Perform small scale dye labeling reactions according to established standard processes

  • Perform established reactions to convert/activate functional groups on final polymers

  • Optical characterization of the polymer dyes including measurement of absorbance and fluorescence emission spectra.

  • Prepare outgoing materials and supporting (QC) documentation

  • Provide assistance as needed to maintain functioning laboratory; including glassware cleaning, material ordering, inventory control and other duties.

  • Support documentation of R&D results in company databases

Minimum Qualifications:

Education and Experience:

  • Requires a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry or similar Life Science discipline.

  • Requires minimum of 2 years' experience in a laboratory setting.

Knowledge and Skills:

Organic Synthesis:

  • Basic organic synthesis skills

  • Ability to follow established reaction protocols and standard processes

  • Practice in using rotary evaporator

Analytical Skills:

  • Basic experience with UV/Vis and/or fluorescence spectroscopy

  • Experience operating FPLC/HPLC/GPC equipment using established protocols preferred

  • Documentation in lab notebooks, checklists and basic databases

Additional Laboratory Skills:

  • Labeling and packaging

  • Familiarity with separation/purification methods is a plus


  • Strong attention to detail

  • Works in a team based environment

  • Multi-task to cover a variety of job functions

  • Comfortable working in a fast-paced environment

  • Demonstrated ability to follow established policies and procedures

  • Demonstrated ability to maintain neat, accurate and complete notebook and batch records

  • Ability to independently perform and analyze data and identify issues in routine tests

  • Familiarity with operation of routine laboratory instruments and applicable software

Primary Work LocationUSA CA - San Diego (BDB)

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