Oct 28 2021

Manufacturing Scientist I

Website Promega

This position serves as the Manufacturing group’s primary technical expert to develop, improve, optimize, or manufacture a variety of Promega Biosciences’ products or custom molecules. It may require up to 60% of time spent doing lab work. This role participates in conceptualizing, implementing, and documenting chemical transformations, analytical method development, process design/control, and project planning. The position requires achieving full competency with the steps in the processes and is responsible for meeting project schedules and regulatory requirements. May direct the day-to-day work of team members during investigations or production runs. Trouble-shoots problems in the process or equipment and solves other production-related problems within set production and safety procedures. This position takes the lead on special projects and assists other scientific staff with their projects when appropriate. It may additionally involve writing and/or reviewing draft manufacturing procedures and may serve as the point person for investigating product quality issues.


Mandatory Qualifications:


1. BS degree in a scientific field and 5-8 years of experience in a chemical or manufacturing industry, or MS and 2-4 years, or PhD and 0-2 years experience (previous experience as a chemist in a Kilo lab is ideal).
2. A good understanding of synthetic chemistry fundamentals, chemical transformations, and reaction mechanisms.
3. The ability to independently perform all aspects of chemical processing of assigned projects when given manufacturing procedures.
4. Demonstrated consistent success in project completion.
5. Experience handling hazardous materials or equipment, and adherence to safety and manufacturing procedures is required.
6. Must be able to communicate in a clear, concise, and diplomatic manner.


Preferred Qualifications:


1. Demonstrated ability in project organization and management.

2. Experience with DoE utilization, JMP software preferred.

3. Experience with jacketed reactor and filter dryer systems.

4. Experience or knowledge of Lean Manufacturing concepts.


Essential Responsibilities:
1. Design or improvement of chemistry and related processes for production of highly diverse set of small organic compounds.
2. Perform literature surveys to identify existing technologies that may benefit production problem solving and maintain a high level of knowledge related to current state of the art in the field of chemical process development and manufacturing.
3. Develop and document efficient experimental plans for the investigation of chemistry and/or process control optimization.
4. Execute, improve, or develop in-process testing as required, and work with analytical staff to meet anticipated testing needs.
5. Work with Process Engineer to define process and equipment requirements.
6. Understand and comply with all elements of the PBI quality system as it pertains to New Product Realization and Production.
7. May oversee the daily activities of technicians working on the assigned projects, promoting safe work practices, and generally contributing to the education and training of other group members.
8. May serve as PBI manufacturing point person in product transfers to other Promega facilities and train others on new or improved manufacturing processes.
9. May be occasionally asked to execute on process orders for training or to support production scheduling needs.


Mental Demands:

1. Must be able to organize information in a comprehensible manner for record keeping or reporting purposes.

2. Must be fully competent in arithmetic, algebra and basic statistical analysis.

3. Capable of executing complex experimental protocols with accuracy and consistency. Requires good organizational skills.

4. Other essential skills: Decision making, perception and analysis, comprehension and memorization.


Physical Requirements:
1. Ability to work with products in a fume hood or laminar flow hood.
2. Must be able to wear appropriate personal protective equipment.
3. Ability to observe and inspect equipment and production systems for proper operation and compliance to safety and quality standards.
4. Ability to work around automated equipment.
5. Ability to move objects averaging 10 pounds, but up to 50 pounds daily.
6. Ability to move easily and constantly during the day.
7. Ability to move in and out of freezers and work in a cold environment.


Work Environment:
Because all processes are conducted according to safety and environmental procedures, exposures will be minimal and below OSHA permissible levels as published in the chemical safety data sheet. Proper protection (i.e. fume hoods and PPE) will be required and provided. Exposure to cold, freezing, sub-freezing temperatures, high temperatures or noise from equipment may occur.



Errors in judgment regarding development, implementation and evaluation of production projects may impede completion and/or successful outcome of corporate goals and objectives. May also impact relations with intra-company customers or other customers. Must follow all established safety procedures to avoid any risk of harm or hazardous exposure to the person or others. Many federal and state regulations could be compromised if poor judgment is exercised, including the regulations of OSHA and the local Fire Department. Misuse of equipment (costing up to $300,000) may result in damage and undue economic loss and may also promote undue safety hazards. Must also adhere to strict regulations on confidentiality with regard to experimental results, research objectives, and overall corporate goals.


The overall accountability of the Production group is to provide on-time delivery of high-quality materials that Promega requires to support our business. As a member of the Production team, this position will be responsible for contributing to this goal by assisting in development, implementation, and execution of a variety of production projects. This contribution is expected to be primarily as technical expert that contributes to design and improvement functions, however, there may be occasions where this role is called upon to help meet production demands by executing existing procedures.


Company Info:

Promega Biosciences, located in San Luis Obispo, blends innovative research in chemistry with excellence in manufacturing to meet the rapidly changing needs of the scientific community. We synthesize and manufacture essential reagents to help Promega succeed as a life science leader.

Our areas of expertise include synthesis, process design and scale-up, and commercial manufacturing (grams to kilograms) of modified luciferins and coelenterazines. These pro-bioluminescent products aid in life science research. We bring pride, passion, and purpose to our work and the products we provide.

Promega Biosciences offers its employees a work environment that encourages creativity, work-life balance, and personal and professional growth. We support community involvement and are committed to being good stewards and reducing our impact on the environment. Promega fosters a positive, fun, and warm family culture. To learn more about our values, please visit our Corporate Responsibility website.

We offer a competitive salary and benefits package including comprehensive medical insurance, dental and vision insurance, 401k matching, company-paid life insurance, time-off benefits, and more.

Our San Luis Obispo facility is at the heart of California’s beautiful central coast. San Luis Obispo is a destination for wine aficionados, nature lovers, and pleasure-seekers alike. You might enjoy views of the Pacific Ocean from one of our scenic Nine Sisters, a chain of volcanic peaks that run along the coast. Or, spend a day gallivanting around the many wineries, local boutiques, and renowned restaurants in the area. Proclaimed as the “happiest town in the USA”, our community provides a rich and rewarding place to live and play. To learn more about San Luis Obispo, check out the VisitSLO website.

Diversity is important at Promega. We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer, and make employment decisions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, disability, or any other protected class.

To apply for this job please visit careers-promega.icims.com.