Research Associate - Sample preparation in Torrance, California at Phenomenex

Date Posted: 11/10/2018

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Job ID: PHE000543

About Us

Phenomenex is a global technology leader committed to developing novel analytical chemistry solutions that solve the separation and purification challenges of researchers in industrial, clinical, government and academic laboratories. From drug discovery and pharmaceutical development to food safety and environmental analysis, Phenomenex chromatography products, technical services and chemical reference standards accelerate science and help researchers improve global health and well-being. 
Selected by the Wall Street Journal as an "Exceptional Workplace," Phenomenex is defined by its passionate people, dynamic culture and distinctive ingenuity. These common characteristics unify the Phenomenex companies worldwide behind our mission "to promote the growth, prosperity and well-being of those we serve - our customers, our employees, and humanity.


Job Purpose
  • A Research Associate - Sample Preparation is an entry-level scientist positions whose primary role is to develop novel and innovative sample preparation solutions that highlight Phenomenex products. 
  • Working in a cross-functional matrix organization with members of R & D, Marketing, and Sales, and under the supervision of a Sr. Scientist, the Research Associate will use their skill and experience to help develop new sample preparation products, find novel ways to apply our existing sample preparation technologies, and collaborate with Key Opinion Leaders to identify possible new sample preparation product opportunities. 
  •  The ideal candidate will have the capacity to identify a sample preparation problem, develop a novel solution in our lab, and then travel to a customer site (if necessary) to help implement that solution. 

Job Requirements


Job Requirements
  • B. S. in Chemistry or related scientific field with at least one year of hands-on laboratory experience (academic or professional) using some form of sample preparation is required.  Experience with Solid Phase Extraction (SPE) is highly desired.
  • Some basic understanding of the principles (mechanistic) of solid-phase extraction (SPE) and liquid-liquid-extraction (LLE) is required.  (You don’t need to be able to write a Ph. D. dissertation on it, but you should have a basic understanding of how it works, from a chemistry point of view).
  • Some basic hands-on experience and working knowledge of analytical chromatography techniques such as Gas Chromatography (GC), High-Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC), or LC/MS/MS is required.  You must be able to analyze the samples that you prepare.
  • The capacity to (1) identify and understand a sample preparation challenge (2) perform some basic research into possible solutions based upon a survey of scientific literature (3) execute logical, well thought-out experiments to find the best solution using good laboratory practices (under the guidance and tutelage of a Senior Scientist) and (4) then communicate that solution successfully to target audience. 
  • Logical and thorough troubleshooting skills through using iterative problem-solving.
  • Ability to work on a cross-functional team and to communicate effectively to promote new methods and products to the scientific community is essential.
  • Aid in the trouble shooting and technical support of customers and distributors worldwide.
  • Maintain detailed, accurate, legible records of all experiments, time tracking and other required documentations.
  • Maintain all instruments and equipment in excellent condition, keep all work areas neat and clean, and follow all safety procedures without exception.
  • Must be able to work independently, but under the guidance of a Senior-level Scientist.
  • Provide support to Marketing on brochure, web, technical and seminar content.

Danaher Corporation Overview

Danaher is a global science & technology innovator committed to helping our customers solve complex challenges and improve quality of life worldwide. Our world class brands are leaders in some of the most demanding and attractive industries, including life sciences, medical diagnostics, dental, environmental and applied solutions. Our globally diverse team of 67,000 associates is united by a common culture and operating system, the Danaher Business System, which serves as our competitive advantage. We generated $18.3B in revenue last year. We are ranked #162 on the Fortune 500 and our stock has outperformed the S&P 500 by more than 1,200% over 20 years.
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