Job Title: Director of Chemistry
Date Posted: 07-11-2008
Job Location: Texas-Austin
Job Type: Full Time
Education Level: Masters Degree
Work Experience: 7+ to 10 Years
Job Shift: First Shift
Yearly Salary:DOE (Depend on Experience)
Company Name: Asuragen
Contact Information: Asuragen   Asuragen (
Job Description:
Director of Chemistry
Position Description 

This is the key operational position in the Oligonucleotide Chemistry Group . This position is
responsible for all technical, developmental and operational aspects of oligonucleotide
synthesis and purification. The position is also responsible for chemistry development
activities to support product development. This includes:

Hiring and training all personnel.

Responsible for developing and managing the departmental budget.

Provide technical leadership to the company in all areas of chemistry.

Develop chemical procedures to improve current processes.

Develop novel chemical procedures as required to meet company needs.

Purchasing, installation and operation of all equipment.

Development of procedures and workflow plans to optimize capacity.

Validation and documentation of all procedures in order to insure the highest quality and

Development of space and equipment plans to accommodate growth.

Development of a strong team of 10-15 individuals, including performance reviews, career
development and group management.

Provide strategic input to executive management concerning role of oligo synthesis and
chemistry within the company.

Development of a cGMP RNA/DNA synthesis and purification facility.

Key contact with other functional groups in the company including Marketing, customer and
technical services, QC and Business Development. 

Overall responsibility for meeting production schedules, quality goals and customer


MS or Ph.D. in Chemistry/Biochemistry with 8+ years of experience in an industrial setting
performing oligonucleotide and organic chemistry. Hands on synthesis and purification
experience in a GMP environment is preferred. Should have demonstrated experience managing
development and production staff in a fast-paced environment. Must have significant experience
with process controls, process improvements, and cost containment in the oligonucleotide
industry. The position also requires an individual with a firm commitment to timely delivery
of quality products.

Preferable Skills and Attributes 

This position requires a highly technical individual who is able to provide scientific and
manufacturing leadership in the area of oligonucleotide synthesis and purification. The
individual should be:

Highly organized and process oriented.

Creative problem solver  technical, process and personnel.

Able to work in a fast-paced environment.

Readily adaptable to changing demands.

Team focused and an excellent communicator.

Excellent written and oral skills.

Excellent personnel supervisory and management skills.
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