Purification Scientist

Job Title: Purification Scientist
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Nottingham, Nottinghamshire
Salary: £25000 - £30000 per annum
Start Date: ASAP
Reference: J909331_1627480794
Contact Name: Sophia Taylor
Contact Email:
Job Published: July 28, 2021 14:59

Job Description

Russell Taylor Group is delighted to be working with an award-winning UK based CRO, which has been providing expert synthetic chemistry support for 20 years'.

The client is looking for an ambitious, driven individual to be part of the team as Purification Scientist and can contribute to the success of the analytical department. The position is based in the heart of the vibrant City of Nottingham.

Key Competencies:

  • According to strategies devised by the project manager, develop high quality and efficient analytical methods for the purification, isolation and analysis of small organics molecules in support of drug discovery projects.
  • Demonstrate an adequate understanding of analytical chemistry, seeking support to identify and solve problems
  • To solve analytical problems, seeking assistance on more challenging cases in order to present robust methods and proposals to provide efficient access to high purity materials in a timely manner.
  • To perform routine instrument maintenance and immediately highlight instrument breakdowns, troubleshooting within capabilities.
  • To contribute to the creation of a safe, collaborative and productive working environment for all company employees.

Duties and Responsibilities:


  • To keep contemporaneous notes in line with the client's data capture policy and provide accurate feedback to ensure high levels of compliance around data capture
  • To record and store key data in the online data store as directed by line management.
  • To regularly and proactively update their Line Manager (or Head of Operations, or Company Directors as requested), and to occasionally liaise with clients, on the progress of their projects.
  • To familiarize themselves with appropriate computer-based software and search tools to enable literature searching and report writing, as required.


  • To have some contact with customers, clients and external instrument engineers via email and through teleconferencing, and represent the company in a professional manner at all times
  • Always work in a manner that protects the clients' IP and confidentiality
  • To communicate, with guidance and coaching, in an effective and timely manner to all internal employees and to report instrument breakdowns or similar
  • To attend to any other incidental and general duties as specified from time to time by their Line Managers, which may include the upkeep and maintenance of the laboratories, buildings and equipment
  • To work with due consideration to the health and safety of oneself and one's colleagues at all times
  • To take a proactive approach to one's professional development
  • To attend seminars or conferences on behalf of the company from time to time as requested.
  • To travel to, or work temporarily at, other facilities in the UK from time to time as required

Candidate specification:Essential:

Qualifications, Knowledge and Experience:

  • BSc in Analytical Chemistry or a related discipline plus meaningful industrial experience (anticipated ca 1 year), or PhD in Analytical Chemistry
  • Experience of developing chromatographic methods for the analysis or purification of chiral/ achiral small molecules
  • Experience of interpreting UPLC, HPLC, and MS data
  • Experience of preparing and implementing COSHH safety assessments
  • Experience of using MS Excel & MS Word
  • Experience of writing and presenting research reports
  • Experience of using chemical drawing packages (e.g. Chemdraw)
  • Experience of searching the chemical literature using appropriate searching tools


  • Experience of developing methods for the achiral purification, isolation and analysis of small organic molecules to support drug discovery programs - including the use of preparative HPLC
  • Experience of developing methods for the chiral purification, isolation and analysis of small organic molecules to support drug discovery programs - including the use of preparative SFC and chiral preparative HPLC
  • PhD in Analytical Chemistry or related discipline

Skills, Abilities and Competencies:


  • Ability to work accurately under supervision
  • Problem solving skills
  • To be able to present solutions to line management
  • Good time management and personal organisational skills
  • Good communication skills, including written and verbal communication
  • To be a good completer/finisher - be proactive in starting tasks and seeing them through to a successful completion
  • Good inter-personal skills, to be able to relate to individuals at all levels
  • The ability to plan ahead and to adapt to changing circumstances
  • Flexibility and a willingness to put in extra hours when required
  • Written and spoken English to a high standard

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