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Analytical Development Chemist II


About Catalent San Diego

Catalent San Diego, Inc. (Formerly Pharmatek Laboratories, Inc.) is a premier pharmaceutical chemistry development and manufacturing organization supporting the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. Catalent San Diego focuses on bringing client drug compounds from discovery to the clinic with services that include analytical development, preformulation testing, formulation development, GMP manufacturing and stability storage and testing.

At Catalent San Diego, we recruit and develop exceptional individuals with a passion for science and determination to excel. We offer a technically challenging and stimulating environment and the opportunity to learn from the best. We provide a generous benefits package, on-site gym and fitness programs, team sports, activities and competitive compensation.

Analytical Development Chemist II

An individual at the level of Analytical Chemist II will be expected to perform all the duties of a Chemist I but with a greater degree of autonomy. Duties may include the preparation of simple aqueous and organic buffered solutions, volumetric dilution of samples and standards using good laboratory techniques, clear and accurate record keeping in laboratory notebooks, use of analytical instrumentation to acquire raw data, calculation and reporting of final results, and second review of other colleagues' work for scientific accuracy and compliance. The individual will be required to become proficient in a variety of analytical techniques including, but not necessarily limited to, analytical balances, pH meters, high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC), UV/Vis spectroscopy, USP dissolution testing apparatus, and moisture analysis by Karl Fischer.  In addition, the Chemist II must be able to independently plan and execute simple laboratory experiments and will be expected to clearly communicate the status of projects to management and Clients. The Chemist II will be developing the use of innovation and creativity in exploring alternative approaches to problem-solving. The individual must have demonstrated proficiency in the development and qualification of analytical test methods, particularly HPLC stability indicating assays. Experience with Karl Fischer, dissolution, disintegration, DSC, TGA, hardness, and friability testing also desired.  The individual may be required to assist in the creation and/or revision of company SOPs. The Chemist II will be increasingly sought for training and mentoring of other colleagues.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Simple experimental design and execution will be performed independently. Complex design may need supervisor assistance.
  • Decisions may impact personal workload and project timelines.
  • Data interpretation should be conducted with limited guidance. Individuals will be able to identify key factors from data and understand the importance of the findings.
  • Increase in client interaction will be a focus. Individuals may lead discussions with clients on technical topics relating to their project.
  • Individuals should have a good general foundation of scientific principles, chemistry concepts, and be proficient in core analytical scientific techniques, GMPs, GLPs, and technical writing.
  • Individuals will propose solutions to supervisor for most scientific problems.
  • Exercise technical discretion and critical thinking in the design, execution and interpretation of experiments.
  • May supervise a lab assistant.
  • Participate in meetings, conference calls, and other interactions with clients.
  • Prepare reports, summaries, protocols, batch records, and quantitative analyses.
  • Maintain a high level of professional expertise through familiarity with scientific literature.
  • Develop an understanding of cGMPs, Catalent SOPs and Catalent systems applicable to work performed.


  • BS science degree required, Chemistry or Biochemistry preferred
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Well organized, excellent time management, and PC and Microsoft Office proficient
  • 3-5 years of experience analytical techniques as follows:
  • HPLC, dissolution, and general analytical chemistry experience such as: reversed-phase chromatography, ion-exchange chromatography, UV/Vis spectroscopy, and Karl Fischer analysis.
  • Current analytical methodology experience and/or knowledge of GLP and GMP regulations such as: proper GMP documentation, method qualification, test method preparation, product specification development for pharmaceutical products.

About Catalent

Catalent Pharma Solutions is the leading global provider of advanced delivery technologies and development solutions for drugs, biologics and consumer health products.  With over 80 years serving the industry, Catalent has proven expertise in bringing more customer products to market faster, enhancing product performance and ensuring reliable clinical and commercial product supply. For more information, visit

More products. Better treatments. Reliably supplied.™

Catalent is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.

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