Scientist Food Safety- Mass Spectrometrist -
Nutrition - Columbus, OH
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live more fully at all stages of life. Our portfolio of life-changing
technologies spans the spectrum of healthcare, with leading businesses and
products in diagnostics, medical devices, nutritionals, and branded generic
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Senior Scientist - Food Safety- Mass Spectrometrist
Our nutrition business develops science-based nutritional
products for people of all ages, from helping babies and children grow, to
keeping adult bodies strong and active. Millions of people around the world
count on our leading brands – including Similac®, PediaSure®, Pedialyte®, Ensure®, Glucerna® and ZonePerfect® – to help get the nutrients they need to
live their healthiest lives.
Our location in Columbus, OH, currently has an opportunity
for a Senior Scientist with expertise in food safety and
trace analysis in food matrices. In Research & Development, our ambition
is providing innovative high-quality products, creating sustainable value,
delivering superior user experience and enhancing health outcomes at all
stages of life.
Primary Job Function:
Serves as scientific leader and subject matter expert for
analytical chemistry and determination of trace residues and potential
chemical contaminants in nutritional products and ingredients. Responsible
for developing, validating, transferring, and maintaining analytical test
methods to address emerging issues, support routine quality assurance, and
investigate out-of-specification events. Also, responsible for setup,
validation, operation, maintenance, and troubleshooting of analytical
instruments and associated software/firmware. Supports routine contaminant
testing, research projects, and method validation to assure product quality
as well as play a key role in global projects. Also, supports Quality
Assurance with investigating and resolving out-of-specification results at
Abbott plant labs and third-party labs around the world.
Works with management to define project goals milestones; responsible
for timely project completion. Designs experiments and documentation
Conceives, plans, designs, and conducts advanced independent research to
meet business needs.
- Quality of
Work: Responsible for documentation and accuracy, quality, and
timeliness of experimental results.
- Quality of
Work: Reads, understands, and complies with all applicable Division,
area, and group-specific safety and employee health procedures. Complies
with all applicable quality procedures.
Performance: Successfully summarizes data and analyzes results;
formulates conclusions and determines future experiments. May coordinate
routine maintenance, lab safety, ISO 17025, GMP implementation as
appropriate. Assumes roles of responsibility, such as training or
document control. Completes documentation of experiments in laboratory
notebook. Primary contribution to project reports that summarize
results, conclusions, and recommendations as appropriate.
Performance: Designs, conducts and leads advanced independent or
multidisciplinary research driven by strategic business needs.
Responsible for the accuracy, quality, and timeliness of experimental
Core Job Responsibilities:
- Acts as lead
analytical scientist, subject matter expert, project leader, or project
contributor for chemical residues and other related contaminants.
validates, transfers, and troubleshoots analytical test methods for
contaminants in nutritional products and ingredients.
- Sets up,
operates, maintains, and troubleshoots analytical instruments and
software. Validates instrument and software/firmware installations and
- Maintains lab
space and ensures compliance with standard operating procedures and
plans, designs, conducts and applies advanced research/scientific
direction/scientific leadership in increasing complexity. May establish
designs and analyzes results from multiple experiments, formulates
conclusions, and designs future experiments.
scientific/technical consultation to other scientists and business units
internally, including method and testing support to global plant and
R&D analytical labs; Product Development; Quality Assurance; Medical
Safety; and Regulatory Affairs.
scientific/technical support and consultation to external third-party
labs and manufacturers.
technical reports, method and other documents, and manuscripts for
top-line review of experimental results to large and diverse groups both
internally and externally. Regularly communicates project status to
management and provides managers with periodic reports summarizing
activities and progress within area of responsibility.
- Presents work
externally at technical meetings and conferences and serves on technical
working groups and committees in analytical standards setting
organizations (e.g. AOAC International)
- May supervise
Minimum Education/Professional Experience:
Ph.D. in chemistry, analytical chemistry, or related field
with 3+ years of experience in research or industry laboratory or BS/MS with
16+ years of experience.
understanding of trace analytical chemistry and hands-on experience with
analytical test methods for chemical contaminants in food matrices.
- Ability to
setup, validate, operate, maintain, and troubleshoot analytical
instruments, including but not limited to high-performance and
ultra-high-performance liquid chromatography; gas chromatography; mass
spectrometry; and tandem mass spectrometry.
experience with sample preparation techniques, including but not limited
to liquid-liquid and solid-phase extraction; experience with milk-based
systems and liquid and spray dried formulations preferred.
- Ability to
independently develop and validate analytical test methods from
beginning to end, including designing and executing experiments and
interpreting outcomes; designing and executing validation protocols;
leading single- and multi-lab validations; validating and leading method
transfers to other lab facilities.
- Ability to
independently summarize data and analyze results; formulate conclusions
and review progress with supervisor/manager.
written and verbal communication skills, including experience writing
technical reports, test method documents, and manuscripts for
- Ability to
apply descriptive and differential statistics to interpreting analytical
understanding of relationship between product specifications and test
method accuracy and precision.
- Ability to
independently troubleshoot and resolve problems, particularly
with AOAC International, ISO, and USP standards preferred.
WHAT WE OFFER
At Abbott, you can have a good job that can grow into a
great career. We offer:
- Training and
career development, with onboarding programs for new employees and
security through competitive compensation, incentives and retirement
- Health care
and well-being programs including medical, dental, vision, wellness and
- Paid time off
retirement savings with a generous company match
- The stability
of a company with a record of strong financial performance and history
involved in local communities
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