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Cambrex High Point Senior Analytical Chemist in Charles City, Iowa



  • #1 small molecule API Contract Manufacturing Organization (CMO) in the USA

  • Double digit sales growth each of the last 5 years

  • Recent $75 million expansion of our large-scale API facility

  • Winner of 30 CMO Leadership Awards in 2017

  • IOWA – Ranked #1 state for best place to live by US News and World Report

  • Leading Western supplier of generic APIs including ADHD and other controlled substances

TheSenior Analytical Chemistwill provide technical support and leadership to multiple project teams. The Senior Analytical Chemist will evaluate and interpret analytical results, develop, validate and transfer analytical methods for APIs, API intermediates and raw materials. Strict compliance with cGMP guidelines is required to perform most job tasks.


  • With minimal supervision, safely and effectively develop, establish, and validate analytical testing methodologies used to control raw materials, production intermediates, and final products.

  • Investigate and solve analytical technical issues within Analytical Development, Chemical Development, Process Support Group and Quality Control.

  • Perform analytical chemistry assays based on new and existing methodologies

  • Operate analytical instrumentation such as HPLC, GC, FTIR, Titrator, Particle Size Analyzer

  • Write technical reports to document analytical methods

  • Maintain laboratory notebooks documenting work

  • Maintain compliance with GMP SOPs and DEA regulations

  • Transfer documented analytical methods to the QC and Process Support Group departments

  • Set up new or existing analytical methods for compound identification, purity and potency testing.

  • Coordinate off-site testing as necessary

  • Conduct testing of analytical samples for the Chemical Development Department as necessary.

  • Qualify reference materials.


  • Advanced Chemistry degree desired, with a PhD preferred

  • Minimum BS degree in Chemistry or closely related field required, with 7+ years of experience in manufacturing support laboratory

  • Experience with dissolution and chemosensory testing highly desired

  • Familiarity with compliance requirements within cGMP, safety and regulatory environments

  • Operational knowledge of analytical instrumentation like HPLC, GC, GC-MS, FTIR, UV-VIS equipment, and data stations required

  • Demonstrated computer literacy, including word processing, spreadsheets, structural drawings, and databases preferably in a Windows environment

  • The ability to solve extremely complex problems where analysis of situations or data requires an evaluation of intangible variables

  • Ability to work in a highly independent and self-directed work environment.

    Cambrex is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer and will consider all qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran status, or disability status. (

Job LocationUS-IA-Charles City