Associate Scientist - Chemistry in Kalamazoo, MI at Stryker Corporation

Date Posted: 11/26/2019

Job Snapshot

Job Description

Who we want
Dedicated achievers. People who thrive in a fast-paced environment and will stop at nothing to ensure a project is complete and meets regulations and expectations.
Goal-oriented developers. Keeping the customer and system requirements squarely in focus, people who deliver safe and robust solutions.
Collaborative partners. People who build and leverage cross-functional relationships to bring together ideas, information, use cases, and industry analyses to develop best practices.

Self-directed imitators. People who take ownership of their work and need no prompting to drive productivity, change, and outcomes.

User-focused creators. People who imagine with the user in mind, developing technology that helps change patients’ lives.

What you will do

As an Associate Scientist, you will provide technical support for material testing using analytical chemistry-based methodologies. You will coordinate microbiological and/or chemical testing, release of product and testing for validation protocols. Performs organism identification. Performs technical review of batch filling records to ensure quality of aseptic processes. Reads and interprets microbiological cultures and other related tests including but not limited to environmental monitoring, sterility tests, growth promotion, microbial limits tests and antimicrobial effectiveness tests. May perform validation, technology transfer and troubleshooting, and write policy procedure for quality initiatives. Reviews and approves environmental monitoring data and laboratory equipment and records. Prepares process and status reports, assigns and monitors document numbers and reviews documents for accuracy and completeness.


  • Perform routine sample preparation and associated testing for a range of analytical instrumentation.
  • Assist method development of chemistry based assays.
  • Coordinate and complete deliverables in collaboration with cross functional groups such as Research & Development, Regulatory & Quality Assurance, and Marketing.
  • Knowledge of international standards related to testing and identification of materials associated with the medical device industry.
  • Provides solutions to complex technical problems; solutions are innovative, thorough, practicable and consistent with organization objectives.
  • Problem solve and provide resolution to product quality issues such as customer complaints, adverse events, product field actions, and non-conformances.
  • Involvement with industry groups such as ASTM, AAMI, ISO, etc.  Networks with internal and external subject matter experts to advance testing & protocols.
  • Continuously builds knowledge of products & processes across the division.
  • Supports division and operations during inspections/audits by regulatory and/or notified bodies.
  • Support the business through internal & external material science based technologies and various chemistry based analytical techniques.  Utilizing these methods for evaluating issues related to development and/or production of medical devices.

What you need

Basic Qualifications:

  • BS in chemistry, material science, or related discipline is required

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Understanding of chemistry-based methodologies for analyzing corrosion, laser mark optimization, residue testing, alloy characterization, polymer identification, and other tests to evaluate chemistry based investigations.
  • Experience with FTIR, SEM-EDS, GC-MS-TD, XRF, TGA-DSC, Surface Energy Anaylyzer, and/or pertinent wet chemistry techniques.
  • Understanding basic sterilization processes; including but not limited to:  irradiation, ethylene oxide, vaporized hydrogen peroxide, membrane filtration, moist heat and dry heat.
  • Demonstrated interpersonal skills with ability to effectively communicate and manage customer expectations.
  • Strong time management skills, ability to manage multiple priorities, and delegate work as needed.
  • Working knowledge of business applications such as Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.).
  • Medical device product development and or testing experience.

Physical Requirements:

  • Light work: Exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally and/ or up to 10 pounds of force frequently and/or a negligible amount of force constantly to move objects
  • Must be able to review printed materials.
  • Must be able to communicate effectively using multiple applications
  • Must be able to use common laboratory and office equipment  

Work From Home: Occasional

Travel Percentage: 10%

Stryker Corporation is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, ethnicity, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status. Stryker is an EO employer – M/F/Veteran/Disability.

Stryker Corporation will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information.

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