Senior Development Chemist - Thermo Fisher Scientific

Job Description

When you are part of Thermo Fisher Scientific, you’ll do challenging work, and join a team that values performance, quality and innovation. As part of a successful, growing global organization you will be encouraged to perform at your best. With revenues of more than $40 billion and the largest investment in R&D in the industry, we give our people the resources and chances to create significant contributions to the world. This role is based at our Cork, Ireland API site. Operating for over 40 years, the Cork site is proud to manufacture and supply Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (API) to our customers for use in clinical trials and approved medicines for commercial supply – medicines to treat Cancer, Parkinson’s Disease, Depression, HIV, Congestive Heart Failure, Diabetes and Respiratory diseases, along with raw material for consumer healthcare products!

Discover Impactful Work:

The Senior Development Chemist will function as a key member of the Process Development service Team. This position will provide chemistry expertise and technical support for the chemical development of processes in the laboratory, kilo laboratory, pilot plant and manufacturing plants at the Cork site to ensure project timelines are meet and that the site’s technical, quality and safety metrics are all achieved. This technical position will also drive continuous improvement activities.

A day in the Life:

  • Provide technical & laboratory support for the introduction of new products to the right from route development, through scale up and implementation on plant scale
  • Support development projects in the lab, including route scouting, route development, proof of concept and process robustness studies
  • Propose modifications to the synthetic route to solve sophisticated chemistry issues for both laboratory and plant processes
  • Undertake the synthesis of compounds to required quality standards, including acquiring and interpretation of analytical data
  • Develop/Expand scientific, technical, and drug discovery knowledge by reading the peer reviewed scientific literature, attending scientific conferences and via relevant training
  • Author or contribute to regulatory submissions, patents and other internal documentation relevant to the role
  • Communicate with the clients and other teams to ensure the transfer of the project from the plant to the lab
  • Work with due care and attention, perform all quality, regulatory and safety duties in a compliant manner whilst acting always in accordance with the Dignity at Work Policy, Code of Conduct

Keys to Success:


  • Degree, Masters or PhD in chemistry with a significant Organic Chemistry component.


  • 1-2 years, experience in synthetic / organic chemistry (industry or research institution preferred but not essential)
  • Experience in leading a development project

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities

  • Proficient knowledge in synthetic organic chemistry, particularly in route development and optimization
  • Proven ability to think critically and innovatively combined with willingness to challenge
  • Strong analytical capability and ability to carry out large scale reactions in the laboratory
  • Demonstrated ability in troubleshooting and solving complex issues
  • Embrace and participate in PPI (Practical Process Improvement) initiatives to identify improvements and cost saving to the business
  • Experience in supporting plant processes
  • Excellent technical writing skills and verbal communication are required to interact with all level of organization and clients
  • Ability to work with cross functional teams and engage with employees and customers at all levels

What’s in it for you?

  • Competitive base salary
  • Annual bonus
  • Contributory Pension
  • Private medical insurance
  • Free onsite parking

Our Mission is to enable our customers to make the world healthier, cleaner and safer. Watch as our colleagues explain 5 reasons to work with us. As one team of 100,000+ colleagues, we share a common set of values – Integrity, Intensity, Innovation and Involvement – working together to accelerate research, solve complex scientific challenges, drive technological innovation and support patients in need. #StartYourStory at Thermo Fisher Scientific, where diverse experiences, backgrounds and perspectives are valued.

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