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Job Title:  Associate Scientist I - Chemistry

Req ID:  25719
Job Category:  Research & Development/Scientific

Mentor, OH, US, 44060


At STERIS, we help our Customers create a healthier and safer world by providing innovative healthcare and life science product and service solutions around the globe.

Position Summary

The Associate Scientist I will work in the Chemistry team focused on Liquid Chemical Systems, carrying out assigned projects, laboratory work, and data analysis under the direction of a supervisor.

What You Will Do

  • Responsible for data entry and data review of scientific studies.
  • Performs analyses to support current formulations and new product development.
  • Responsible for general maintenance and/or calibration of instruments utilized for chemical assays.
  • Technical writing using predefined templates for protocols and reports.
  • Resolves issues using problem solving techniques to support project work.
  • Completes assigned tasks with the ability to multitask and prioritize.
  • Individual contributor as part of a larger R&D organization.
  • Serves on R&D sub teams.
  • Implements defined approaches to new product development.
  • Assists with design transfer and scale-up activities.
  • Works under general supervision with direct instructions.  Carries out routine and semi-routine tasks with some independence.
  • Conducts evaluations using well defined procedures.
  • Maintains a laboratory notebook and documents laboratory data accurately and timely.
  • Demonstrates basic understanding of the following:
    • Material compatibility of materials to chemicals
    • Residual analysis
    • Feasibility and exploratory
  • Demonstrates good writing skills for the following:
    • Work instructions and their revisions
    • Test plans/protocols
    • Laboratory reports
    • Out of specification reports
  • Demonstrates oral communication skills:
    • Reporting of laboratory results to supervisor are accurate
    • Give presentations to group (s)
  • Retrieves defined information from scientific literature.
  • Operation and basic troubleshooting of Prototype sterilizers.  
  • Team work to meet laboratory quality, housekeeping, and regulatory compliance.
  • Operates and maintains laboratory equipment.

What You Need To Be Successful

  • Requires 0-5 years of related laboratory experience.
  • Demonstrated experience working successfully in a team environment.
  • Maintains a level of technical knowledge consistent with current scientific literature and best practices.
  • Complies with established protocols and within regulatory and laboratory requirements.
  • Understands and complies with accepted laboratory and safety procedures.
  • Independently operate various standard instruments and perform basic maintenance according to established methods.
  • Perform all work in a safe and environmentally conscious manner.
  • High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC) experience
  • Understands and complies with accepted laboratory and safety procedures.
  • Demonstrates excellent laboratory technique.
  • Ability to work within a team and independently.
  • Delivers and executes results in a timely manner. 

Preferred Experience

  • Bachelor degree in Biology, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, or Chemistry is preferred. 
  • Ultrahigh Performance Liquid Chromatography (UHPLC) experience desirable.
  • Total Organic Carbon experience desirable.
  • Spectrophotometric Instrumentation experience desirable.


  • Possesses a basic degree of technical experience in analytical chemistry.
  • Skilled in the use of general chemistry and laboratory equipment.
  • Ability to read and follow protocols/work instructions/methods.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint.
  • Good communication (technical writing, written and verbal) and problem solving skills.
  • Team player.
  • Ability to work in a methodical and organized fashion within established timelines.

What We Offer You

This is a great opportunity to join a well-established, global company that will invest in your career growth over the long term. STERIS wouldn’t be where it is today without our incredible, talented people. That’s why we share in our success together by rewarding you for your hard work. Hiring people who are in it for the long run with STERIS is our ultimate goal.

We offer a comprehensive benefits package, including:

  • Competitive pay
  • Annual merit and bonus plans
  • Training and coaching
  • Medical, vision, dental and life insurance
  • 401(k) with a company match
  • Paid vacation time and paid holidays
  • Tuition assistance
  • Opportunities for advancement


STERIS is a leading provider of products and services that meet the needs of growth areas within Healthcare: procedures, devices, vaccines and biologics.  We exist to fulfill our MISSION TO HELP OUR CUSTOMERS CREATE A HEALTHIER AND SAFER WORLD. STERIS is a $3B, publicly traded (NYSE: STE) company with approximately 16,000 associates and Customers in more than 100 countries.

If you need assistance completing the application process, please call 1 (440) 392.7047. This contact information is for accommodation inquiries only and cannot be used to check application status.

STERIS is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  We are committed to equal employment opportunity and the use of affirmative action programs to ensure that persons are recruited, hired, trained, transferred and promoted in all job groups regardless of race, color, religion, age, disability, national origin, citizenship status, military or veteran status, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, and any other category protected by federal, state or local law.  We are not only committed to this policy by our status as a federal government contractor, but also we are strongly bound by the principle of equal employment opportunity.

The full affirmative action program, absent the data metrics required by § 60-741.44(k), shall be available to all employees and applicants for employment for inspection upon request. The program may be obtained at your location’s HR Office during normal business hours.

Req ID:  25719
Job Category:  Research & Development/Scientific

Mentor, OH, US, 44060

Nearest Major Market: Cleveland
Nearest Secondary Market: Akron

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