Associate Scientist 2

Novan, Inc.
Morrisville, North Carolina
Apr 05, 2018
May 05, 2018
Field of specialization
Work Function
Job Type
Full time


The Associate Scientist 2 will be responsible for conducting performance testing on raw materials, drug substance intermediates, active pharmaceutical ingredients (API), and finished dosage forms (FDF).  Additional responsibilities will include the creation of standard operating procedures for new or existing analytical equipment, performing preventative maintenance and calibration of analytical laboratory equipment, and assisting with method development and interpretation of data when appropriate.  This position shall adhere to the Company’s quality system including but not limited to the applicable standards, policies and procedures in the areas of responsibility defined in this job description.


Principal Responsibilities and Accountabilities:

  1. Perform duties on site, on time, and within the Company’s normal business hours listed in the Employee Handbook.  Facilitate frequent interactions with co-workers and contribute to timely problem-solving meetings necessary to address critical and emerging work issues.  Present a positive attitude to create and maintain productive working relationships with fellow employees and vendors.
  2. Perform routine analytical testing of samples supporting incoming raw materials, in-process production, and finished products (see skills for the respective levels of expertise and independence of decision making). 
  3. Understand and implement GXP practices when appropriate and adhere to Novan’s Quality Systems in all work performed, including but not limited to, good laboratory documentation practices, generating/updating Standard Operating Procedures for analytical test methods, assays, and instruments, and reporting deviations or questionable results.
  4. Prepare instrument buffers, chromatography mobile phases, and reagents for daily analytical laboratory use.
  5. Contribute to experimental design, independently execute experimental plans, and review data while providing some interpretation.
  6. Communicate results and provide written reports in a timely and precise manner.
  7. Follow best laboratories practices, according to Novan’s procedure, including maintaining updated and accurate laboratory notebooks.
  8. Collaborate with more experienced scientists to develop new test methods.
  9. May manage external testing facilities and lead internal cross training on select instrumentation.
  10. Perform other duties as assigned.



  1. Education: 
    • BS or MS in chemistry, chemical engineering, or related discipline.
  2. Experience: 
    • Typically BS with 2 to 5 years or MS with 1 to 3 years of pharmaceutical industry or analytical chemistry experience directly relevant to the responsibilities of the position. 
    • Practical experience in all or some of the following instrumentations and techniques are required:  gas chromatography, Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy, high performance liquid chromatography, ultraviolet to visible spectroscopy, basic wet chemistry, and coulometric Karl Fischer titrations.
    • Practical experience in the following instrumentations and techniques are desirable: viscometer, pH meter, particle size analyzers, and nitric oxide detection
    • Use of statistical software such as JMP and a chromatography data system (CDS) such as Empower is preferred.
  3. Skills: 
    • Self-motivated team player with a strong work ethic and exceptional interpersonal skills.  Excellent written and verbal communication with the ability to present results in a clear, precise, and timely manner. 
    • Expected to draft test methods, memos or reports with guidance from more experienced scientists.
    • Ability to make independent decisions during sample analysis and instrument troubleshooting
    • May be expected to lead clearly defined projects with established scope.
    • Ability to independently review data and provide some interpretation.
    • Ability to multi-task and function effectively in a fast-paced work environment. 
    • Strong computer skills with proficiency using MS Office software Excel, Word, Outlook, and PowerPoint are required. 
    • Ability to easily perform common analytical calculations (stoichiometry, molarity, solution prep, etc.).  The qualified applicant shall demonstrate:  a) sound scientific reasoning; b) progressive learning agility; c) versatility or being capable of doing many things competently; and, d) resilience from a disappointment or setback. 
    • Values achieving milestones, including team and company goals.  


Physical Demands and Work Environment:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The typical laboratory environment requirements include:  reading, speaking, hearing, close vision, walking, bending, sitting, use of hands and fingers (i.e. sample preparation and instrument operation) and occasional lifting up to 40 pounds.  Safe handling, use, and disposal of chemicals and other hazardous materials are required.  

In the typical office environment requirements include:  reading, speaking, hearing, close vision, walking, bending, sitting, use hands and fingers (i.e. typing) and occasional lifting up to 50 pounds.  There will be an occasional requirement to work outside of normal business hours and be accessible for on-call emergencies. 


Novan, Inc. maintains a drug-free workplace and performs pre-employment and employment substance abuse testing and background verification checks.

Novan, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment.  We encourage and foster diversity in the workplace.