Chemist II, R and D - Hach, Ames, IA

Purpose of Position:
The Chemist II, R & D develops chemical products and product applications with some supervision and guidance in the design and test of various analytical equipment, subassemblies, and chemical formulations for use with Hach's systems for analysis.
Essential Functions:
A Chemist II, R & D uses deep discipline knowledge to develop new chemical methods of analysis. Actively demonstrates deep knowledge of a wide range of analytical techniques, methods, chemical principles and laboratory practices during the development of new analysis products.
Uses solid, practical technical knowledge to develop new applications for existing products to expand market and product base. Works closely with marketing in commercialization of new product or application launches to gain practical experience.
Shows solid skill in applying chemistry knowledge to project assignments in the experimental design and planning stage. The employee generally seeks assistance with unusual situations where they do not have clear previous experience.
Presents and/or publishes technical or application-focused papers, notes, poster sessions, seminars, etc. to aid in promotion of company's technical image and to help promote company marketing efforts.
Writes chemical analysis procedures for incorporation into methods manuals.
Generates formularies and quality control procedures for new test reagents.
Shows solid practical experience with methods for gathering and interpreting customer VOC. Investigates technical concepts and market needs which might lead to new analytical products.
Has solid practical experience acting as project manager on method development projects.
Participates on product development teams to represent chemical development.
Supports and travels to key account and selected field sites to determine market applications and needs. Maintains industry contacts and participation.
Assists other chemists on chemical methods development projects to run experiments, interference studies and stability studies.
Prepares calibrations of analytical methods and calibration reports.
Writes summary reports of development work completed and project status.
May supervise efforts of interns or chemistry technicians on specific project activities
Reviews technical journals and competitive literature to maintain company competitiveness.
Maintains an accurate and up-to-date laboratory notebook to record laboratory work performed.
Provides assistance to customers and Customer Service Department to resolve analysis questions.
Interacts with other departments to supply product and analysis information.
Shows solid practical experience in assisting manufacturing associates with chemistry related items to facilitate production efficiency.
Assists with general laboratory and stockroom maintenance to help maintain department efficiency.
Adheres to company Quality System, through proper use of departmental procedures.
Has a beginning understanding of the application of model markets including market size, potential, and share. Has the ability to translate market understanding into a new product development or applications projects. Understands the need for and use of return on investment calculations, overhead calculations, and general accounting.
Hach is an equal opportunity employer. We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, gender, age, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other characteristic protected by law.
Education, Background and Skill Requirements
Bachelor's degree in chemistry or degree in related field with minimum of 3 years of directly relevant experience or a MS with 0 years of experience.
Strong knowledge of ISO quality systems (specifically Design Controls/Product Realization) and related requirements.
Demonstrated skill in the areas required to perform this job for a technologist:
At minimum a teaching level ability for chemistry skills, analytical laboratory techniques, practices, and procedures. Strong understanding of chemical principles. Strong analytical skills.
At minimum solid practical Technical Applications Knowledge
At minimum a beginning Cross-Technical Knowledge (Adjacent Discipline)
At minimum solid practical Chemical and/or Electromechanical Manufacturing understanding
At minimum solid practical VOC and Product Definition ability
At minimum beginning Industry Contacts and Participation in Industry
At minimum a solid practical capability in Presentation Skills and Ability to Translate Technical Information to Lay People
At minimum Low practical experience in Business Development
At minimum Low practical experience in Commercialization
At minimum has solid practical Project Management and Internal Hach/Danaher Systems skills
At minimum low practical Leadership of People and Change Management skills
All external hiring is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment drug screen, physical testing and a complete background check which could include credit history.
Hach Company is an equal opportunity employer.

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