• 22-Mar-2018 to 21-May-2018 (CST)
  • Morrisville, NC, USA
  • Contract

3 - 6 month contract


The Assistant Scientist, Chemistry Development will be responsible for assisting with and conducting chemistry development manufacturing.  Additional responsibilities will include performing routine cleaning and preventative maintenance, where appropriate, on manufacturing equipment up to approximate 5 kg scale, preparing for chemistry development manufacturing activities, and maintaining an inventory of raw materials and consumables.  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. Execute API manufacturing operations in the Company's R&D and cGMP facilities under the supervision of the Senior Scientist or other senior staff members, including:
    • Precisely follow detailed instructions/templates for manufacturing processes
    • Dispense raw materials for manufacture
    • Operate manual and automated high/low pressure process reactor, filter and dryer systems
    • Sample product for analytical testing
    • Complete equipment use logs and equipment status tags per SOPs
    • Maintain a safe working environment
    • Observe and follow all safe operation practices
    • Maintain a clean and organized production environment
    • Maintain inventory of consumables, supplies, chemicals for manufacturing
  2. Operate and maintain equipment and instrumentation necessary to support manufacture of APIs:
    • Clean and maintain manufacturing equipment(e.g., reactors, dryers, chillers)
    • Maintain equipment records per SOPs
  3. Adhere to Novan's Quality Systems in all work performed, including but not limited to, good laboratory documentation practices, equipment SOPs, GMP facility-related SOPs (e.g., gowning and use of chemicals and equipment within an active GMP manufacturing facility).
  4. Follow best laboratories practices, according to Novan's procedure, including maintaining updated and accurate laboratory notebooks.
  5. 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.
  6. Perform other duties as assigned.




  • BS, chemical engineering, chemistry, or related discipline. Associates Degree considered with some pharmaceutical experience.



  • Typically BS with 0 to 5 years or Associates Degree with 2-5 years of pharmaceutical industry manufacturing experience directly relevant to the responsibilities of the position. Prior experience in a GMP manufacturing environment is a plus, but not required.
  • Direct experience with cleaning, maintaining and controlling equipment and instrumentation.
  • Practical experience in all or some of the following are required: balances, volumetric glassware and pipettes, pH meter, wet chemistry, safe handling/disposal of chemicals.



  • Self-motivated team player with a strong work ethic and exceptional interpersonal skills. Excellent written and verbal communication with the ability to articulate observations in a clear, precise, and timely manner. 
  • Honest, flexible, dependable, self-motivated team player with the demonstrated ability to work independently.
  • Ability to follow detailed manufacturing instructions and safely operate manufacturing equipment after training and under supervision by more senior employees.
  • Ability to multi-task and function effectively in a fast-paced work environment.
  • The qualified applicant shall demonstrate: a) sound logical 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.  
  • Proficient in MS Office software


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. Occasional use of a respirator may be 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.

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