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Are you a Process Research and Development Chemist with a BS/MS degree in chemistry (required) and have at least 5 years of related work experience with comprehensive experience in cGMP process development

Do you enjoy practical chemistry problem solving and working on a variety of projects in a collaborative team environment?

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Are you interested in working with a long established, world leading active pharmaceutical ingredient contract development and manufacturing organization noted for solving tough chemical process challenges and providing unbeatable customer service, located in the beautiful surroundings of Azusa, California, within short access to spectacular hiking and beaches and benefiting from year-round warm California climate.

If so, Norac Pharma is looking for an additional experienced synthetic organic process chemist to support our expanding API process R&D team.

When applying please specifically list:

  1.  Your degree (with need for Bachelors & Masters qualifications in synthetic organic chemistry)
  2. Years of experience (with at least 5 years experience in API process chemistry R&D)
  3. Your available start date
  4. Your current or last annual salary

Qualified candidates meeting the 4 criteria listed above are invited to submit their resume and supporting letter by email to:  resumes@noracpharma.com

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COMPANY INFORMATION
Norac Pharma is recruiting for qualified Process/Project Engineer candidates for our
Engineering Department.

Norac Pharma is a premier Contract Manufacturing Organization for Active
Pharmaceutical Ingredients. We are located in Azusa CA, approximately 12 miles east
of Pasadena near the 210 and 605 freeway junction.
For more information, please visit our website: http://www.noracpharma.com/

JOB TITLE: PROCESS/PROJECT ENGINEER
DESCRIPTION/RESPONSIBILITIES:
Design, installation and maintenance of new and existing production facilities, utilities,
equipment and processes.
Requires knowledge of the following areas:

    • Transport processes,
    • Separation processes,
    • Solids processing,
    • Materials properties,
    • Thermodynamics,
    • Reaction engineering,
    • Sensing & PLC controls and IIoT,
    • Computer technology,
    • Engineering economics,
    • Reliability and maintainability,
    • Construction methods and Supervision.
    • Stay informed concerning new manufacturing technologies & equipment in order
      to manufacture and reduce cost through efficiencies,
    • Participate in long range planning, organization and direction activities relating to
      the operation & improvements to the facility to maximize performance while
      minimizing cost & environmental impact.

Knowledge of US Drug Good Manufacturing Practices, validation, and organic
chemistry a plus.
EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE:
B.S. Chemical Engineering with at least 10 years of experience
Proficiency in AutoCAD
Good background in instrumentation
Familiarity with various types of equipment such as: pumps, compressors, blowers,
vacuum pumps, mixers, electric motors, heat exchangers, boilers, refrigeration etc.
Comfortable with Microsoft Office Suite
Norac Pharma is an Equal Opportunity Employer: M/F/D/V
Demonstrated attention to detail and confident problem-solving abilities
Benefits:
We offer a competitive wage and employee benefits package, including Medical, Dental,
Vision, and Life Insurance coverage, 401(K) and Retirement Plan, Health and
Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account Plans, and a generous vacation and
holiday schedule.
Please send your current resume along with a cover letter to the listed e-mail address:
resumes@noracpharma.com
If you need assistance in applying for this (or any other position) with Norac Pharma,
please contact our Human Resources Department at 626-334-2908 and direct
assistance will be provided.
We thank you for your submission; regretfully we are only able to contact those chosen
for an interview


JOB TITLE: Senior Process Chemist

DEPARTMENT: Process Research and Development

Salary compensation commensurate with experience

Norac Pharma is looking to hire an experienced Process Chemist to join our team of dedicated professionals involved in Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient (API) research, development and manufacture at our Azusa California site.  The candidate that we recruit will ultimately be responsible for developing safely scalable processes for manufacture of existing API’s, as well as new medicines to benefit patients worldwide.  These manufactures will be implemented in our Kilo Lab, Pilot Plant and Commercial Manufacturing facilities.  The position requires the individual to provide technical leadership in performing synthetic chemistry experiments for understanding, developing and validating process chemistry for new and/or established products and projects, characterizing reaction products utilizing appropriate methodology and maintaining laboratory records in accordance with cGMP practices and requirements.

Norac Pharma is a California-based API contract research, development and manufacturing facility located in Azusa California, just east of Pasadena, at the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains.  The region offers numerous hiking trails, as well as being ideally located for travelling to the beaches in the summer and to the mountains with skiing in the winter, in addition to providing easy access to superb arts, culture and a myriad of other social/leisure facilities and opportunities.

We believe that the long-term success of Norac Pharma depends first and foremost on recruiting and retaining the highest quality personnel, as well our cooperative cross‑functional working thanks to our relatively small size of around 70 staff at this location, albeit with ongoing investment and growth and with strong supporting financial security.  Norac Pharma enjoys world class facilities with state of the art analytical equipment which our scientists use for effective and efficient process design (detailed below).  Apart from this breadth of analytical equipment, Norac Pharma has a variety of other process tools to aid in developing safe, scalable, robust processes (detailed below).  We encourage diversity along with close and cooperative project team collaboration on each and every project.

Requirements:

      • M.Sc. degree in chemistry with at least 7 years of relevant work experience in the synthesis and manufacture of active pharmaceutical ingredients and/or Ph.D. degree in chemistry with at least 3 years of relevant work experience in the synthesis and manufacture of active pharmaceutical ingredients
      • Hands-on experience in the development and scale-up of a variety of synthetic organic transformations at multi-kilogram scale
      • Practical experience in the techniques and procedures of synthetic organic chemistry including spectroscopy, chromatography, handling air-sensitive agents, etc
      • Excellent interpersonal skills with an ability to work as part of a multi-disciplinary team, with the ability to manage, prioritize and coordinate activities with cross‑functional departments
      • Self-motivated with strong organizational and time management skills
      • Hands-on experience with a variety of analytical spectroscopic equipment such as HPLCs, GCs, for organic reaction analysis
      • Clear writing and communication skills
      • Demonstration of previous project managerial experience and team leading experience
      • Ideally has a working knowledge of cGMP principles and the ability to apply them
      • Experience with a range of chemical calculations
      • Computer literacy including practical experience with Excel, Word, Powerpoint, Outlook, Chemdraw or equivalent software
      • A careful observer dedicated to maintaining comprehensive experimental records including diligent lab notebook recording of work
      • Demonstration of understanding the mechanisms of reactions and reaction kinetics as a predictor of control and scale up
      • A working knowledge in the use of factorial experimental design software to aid process optimization is preferred

Responsibilities:

      • Develop and validate new process chemistry or evaluate and validate established process chemistry for synthetic organic chemical manufactures
      • Scale-up of new products from gram quantities to multi-kilo to tonnage scale manufacture in our Kilo Lab, Pilot Plant and Commercial Products Facilities
      • Take on Project Leader responsibilities and management of workload vs. project timelines to complete projects on time, within budget and achieving the desired quality
      • Generate insights into chemical reactions and procedures under development
      • Obtain scale-up kinetic and thermodynamic experimental data defining controlling variables by performing periodic removal, quenching (if required) and analysis of aliquots
      • Conduct thorough literature reviews to identify and assess feasibility of proposed route(s) of synthesis
      • Write and present development reports to upper management and clients
      • Verbal interaction with clients to discuss scientific results
      • Prepare novel compounds and characterize them using modern spectroscopic tools (IR, NMR (1H, 13C,1‑D,2-D), UV-Vis, MS)
      • Generate gram quantities of high-purity samples of key intermediates, most often by chromatography, recrystallization, sublimation, and/or fractional distillation
      • Maintain laboratory records in accordance with accepted good laboratory practices, SOPs, and regulatory requirements
      • Teach and mentor junior staff with possibility of supervisory management role
      • Assist with the preparation/review of regulatory and controlled documentation
      • Adhere to current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP)
      • Actively support the Environmental, Health & Safety programs of Norac Pharma to ensure employee, plant and community safety and security

Analytical Equipment at Norac Pharma:

      • Waters and Agilent HPLC’s with a variety of detectors (UV-Vis, PDA, Refractive Index, Charged Aerosol)
      • UPLC with Q-TOF Mass Spectrum
      • Bruker 400MHz NMR
      • Inductive Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry (ICP-MS)
      • Gas Chromatography (Direct Injection, Head-Space GC, Mass Spectrum)
      • Malvern Mastersizer for particle size analysis
      • Air Jet Sieve methodology for particle size analysis
      • X-Ray Powder Diffraction
      • Polarimeter
      • Total Organic Carbon analyzer for fast turnaround for cGMP equipment cleaning verification
      • Dynamic Vapor Sorption for determining solvent uptake
      • Thermal Gravimetric Analysis
      • Differential Scanning Calorimetry for thermal analysis of samples
      • Morphologi for particle size and shape analysis and visualization
      • Ion Chromatography
      • UV determination
      • Karl Fischer for water determination
      • Infrared analysis
      • Autotitrators

Process Research and Development Equipment at Norac Pharma:

      • ReactIR for real time in-situ reaction monitoring
      • Teledyne ISCO for chromatographic separations
      • Focused Beam Reflectance Measurement for real time in-situ crystallization monitoring
      • RC-1 calorimetry
      • Advanced Reactive System Screening Tool for process safety assessment
      • EasyMax for automated reaction execution and monitoring
      • Fisher-Porter bottles
      • Asynt multi-tube autoclave for pressure reaction screening
      • Multi-well reaction blocks for quick screening of reactions
      • Autoclaves for scale up of pressure reactions
      • Optical microscope
      • Standard laboratory equipment for reaction monitoring (e.g. J-Kem thermocouples and vacuum controllers, overhead stirrers, jacketed reactors, heater/chiller units, rotary evaporators etc.)

JOB TITLE: Chemist, Process Research and Development

DEPARTMENT: Process Research and Development

SUPERVISOR: Senior Chemist, Senior Chemist I, Senior Chemist II, Principal Scientist or Senior Principal Scientist, Process Research and Development

Description:

The Process Research and Development Chemist under supervision will perform synthetic chemistry experiments to assist in developing and validating process chemistry for new and/or established products and projects, characterizing reaction products and intermediates with appropriate methods and maintaining laboratory records in accordance with cGMP/GLP practices and requirements.

Responsibilities:

      • Primary Responsibilities:
      • Under supervision assist in developing and validating new process chemistry and exploiting and validating established process chemistry for synthetic organic chemical reactions.
      • Under supervision assist with the scale-up of new products from gram quantities to production quantities.
      • Prepare novel compounds with optimized chemical and/or physical properties.
      • Generate gram quantities of high-purity samples of key intermediates, most often by chromatography, recrystallization, and/or ambient/reduced pressure distillation.
      • Perform routine characterization of reaction products and intermediates by both wet and instrumental methods.
      • Maintain laboratory records in accordance with accepted cGMP/GLP laboratory practices, SOPs, and regulatory requirements.
      • Assist with review of GMP-related (i.e., controlled) documentation.
      • Safety Responsibilities:
      • Actively support the Environmental, Health & Safety programs of Norac Pharma to ensure employee and plant safety and security.

Education / Experience / Personal Requirements:

    • Sc. degree in chemistry or equivalent
    • Preferably, experience with basic chemistry laboratory technology and practical hands-on knowledge of general chemistry.
    • Basic experience in a variety of synthetic organic transformations is helpful.
    • Knowledge of broad based cGMP/GLP principles and the ability to apply said principles is helpful.
    • Ability to perform a range of chemical calculations.
    • Some practical experience in the techniques and procedures of modern organic chemistry including spectroscopy, chromatography, handling air‑sensitive agents, etc.
    • Basic computer literacy (knowledge of Excel or other spreadsheet programs recommended).
    • A high degree of patience.
    • A strong commitment to mastering advanced laboratory techniques.
    • Good interpersonal skills in a decentralized environment.
    • A careful observer dedicated to maintaining professionally valid records including lab notebooks.
    • Intellectually inquisitive.
    • Self-motivated.
    • Good at following instructions and asking pertinent questions.