Careers

The Ricerca team derives great satisfaction working collaboratively with clients to solve complex problems. Having experienced an amazing year of growth, we are hiring in almost all functional areas and are proud to offer a stimulating environment and rewarding opportunities for suitably qualified scientists and other professionals. Ricerca’s new Senior Management Team is currently engaged in revitalizing our scientific platforms, and we have the capacity and integrated scientific capabilities on a single research site in Concord, Ohio to deliver projects of any size. Our experienced scientists deliver world-class expertise and services that shorten IND development times and hasten clinical entry.

We seek top performers in a variety of employment categories. Contact us if you are interested in joining a world-class organization with a collegial work environment and competitive compensation packages.

In order to be considered for a job opportunity at Ricerca, qualified applicants must send in a completed APPLICATION FOR EMPLOYMENT and should include a copy of their resume to:  HumanResources@ricerca.com

Human Resources Department,
Ricerca Biosciences
7528 Auburn Road, Concord
Ohio 44077, USA
Fax: 440.358.7010

Ricerca proudly supports Affirmative Action. It is the policy of Ricerca to provide equal employment opportunity (EEO) to all persons regardless of age, color, national origin, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, race, religion, creed, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, genetic information, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law. In addition, Ricerca will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities.


Current Opportunities

Due to the nature of our work, our positions require the ability to work flexible hours as needed to meet project tasks and client deadlines timely and successfully.  Successful completion of pre-employment drug screening and background checks are required for all positions and certain positions may require pre-employment physicals.  

DIRECTOR, BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT – CHEMICAL DEVELOPMENT
The qualified individual will be responsible for promoting and selling Ricerca Biosciences Chemical Development Services. Territory includes a significant segment of the western North America region, including the west coast. Travel could be up to 30-50% depending on home base. This is a key role as liaison between internal and external clients and expanding client base while fostering extraordinary customer focus.

The ideal candidate will possess the ability to work independently and have a successful proven track record in sales; be a motivated team player with excellent written and oral communication skills; have strong presentation and problem solving capabilities; must be proficient in Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint and SalesForce.com.

Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in a technical discipline (chemistry or engineering preferred) or equivalent experience in a related field. Minimum 5-7 years chemical or pharmaceutical? CRO sales. Experience required.


Process Chemist
Opening to partner with biotechnology, pharmaceutical, agrochemical, and specialty chemical companies worldwide.

Minimum job functions and competencies include:

  • Able to work independently on project tasks assigned by a project leader
  • Can apply technical knowledge gained through education and experience to safely optimize and scale up synthetic processes for the kilo lab and pilot plant
  • Takes ownership of assigned tasks and follows through good attention to detail and thorough laboratory documentation skills
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills

Education and/or Experience:

  • BS, MS, or Ph.D. degree in chemistry or organic chemistry
  • Two or more years industrial experience developing processes for scale up of small moleculepharmaceuticals or specialty chemicals
  • Good working knowledge of analytical techniques including NMR, MS, and HPLC
  • Experience with kilo lab-scale synthesis and/or pilot plant processing is a must
  • Familiarity with a cGMP regulatory environment is a plus

Shipping/Receiving Clerk
Performs clerical and physical tasks in connection with shipping goods and receiving incoming hazardous and non-hazardous shipments according to DOT/IATA regulations, primarily through Fed Ex, UPS, USPS or other similar carrier. Maintain necessary files and documentation in accordance with Quality Assurance Standard Operating Procedures. Utilizes small hand tools and operate scales, metering machines, etc. and primarily use hand trucks to move materials around. Typical shipping activities include: checking goods against shipping documents and authorizations, packing goods for shipment according to specifications, preparing bills of lading, posting weight and shipping charges and attach information and shipping instructions on to. Receive materials such as unpacking of goods; checking against bills of lading, packing slips, etc., identification and quantity; maintaining records of goods received; rejects damaged, excess or misdirected goods, routes material to inspection, stores or other destinations boxes using Purchase Order Systems receiving database.

Physical Job Demand:

  • Sit or Stand long periods throughout 1st shift work day, long hours and weekends may be required to meet deliverables
  • Work involves a significant amount of standing, walking, bending, and lifting (up to 70 lbs.)
  • Ability to work under deadline pressure, handle stress and deliver professional results

Education and/or Experience:

  • Completion of high school or vocational school, a GED certificate or the equivalent
  • Minimum of 2 – 5 years’ experience shipping various hazardous materials, preferably in Contract Research Lab setting
  • Strong working knowledge of Windows-based computer applications, with intermediate+ skill in Excel
  • Ability to safely move material of various sizes and weights throughout the facility onto and off of trucks. Materials may include chemicals (hazardous and non-hazardous), laboratory equipment, crates, 55-gallon drums, etc.
  • Must have a valid Ohio’s driver’s license

Ideal Qualifications:

  • Current Hazardous Materials certification
  • Familiarity with cGMP regulatory environment

Chemical Development Program Manager
Responsibilities:

  • Maintain and facilitate communication with clients/sponsors, business development and management as to the status of studies
  • Facilitating projects in order to meet defined client program milestones and schedules
  • Generate and update Gantt charts and ensure that the program progresses against timelines, ensuring risk mitigation strategies are developed
  • Identify potential resource or scheduling conflicts between projects and proposing solutions to ensure that program timelines are met
  • Advocate for both the Sponsor and Ricerca and monitor for changes in scope
  • Follow up on action items and due dates proactively
  • Work with team members to identify projects issues, risks to the project schedule and potential solutions
  • Ensure client issues/deviations are resolved and documented in a timely manner
  • Act as logistics coordinator for multi-departmental programs, ensuring that test compound is transferred or shipped to other facilities/departments as needed and all analytical requirements are in place as required
  • Ensure that subcontracted studies are initiated and completed on time
  • Approve payment of invoices from subcontractors as contractual milestones are met. Obtain quotes from the subcontractors and internal PO for payment
  • Keep track of financial aspects of the program, including billing approvals as milestones are achieved. Provide Billing Maintenance Reports to the sponsor as needed
  • Set up and chair team meetings and conference calls with the sponsor on an agreed-upon schedule

Qualifications:

  • B.S. in a chemical science with knowledge of the drug development process, including scale-up/preparation of pharmaceutical and specialty chemicals
  • Minimum of 5 years relevant laboratory/facility experience, with at least 2 years of project management experience
  • Excellent collaborative and team-oriented working relationships
  • Ability to work independently, as well as part of a team, on multiple projects
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal and writing skills

GMP Quality Manager
GMP Quality Assurance (QA) Manager with in depth experience in small molecule drug substance manufacturing. Reporting to the Director of Quality Assurance, The GMP QA Manager will provide Quality oversight and support to the Technical Operations group for the manufacture and testing of non-clinical, clinical and commercial products. The GMP QA Manager will be accountable for driving Quality initiatives, maintaining/improving quality infrastructure and participating where needed on various CMC related project teams. The GMP QA Manager will be accountable for assuring compliance with Ricerca’s Quality System, identifying/driving quality system improvement, quality oversight at the project level and generation of metrics to drive continuous improvement Key responsibilities while assuring the quality of materials manufactured and data generated.

Major Activities and Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for the review and approval of master batch records
  • Responsible for the review and approval of executed batch records and associated analytical data related to the manufacture of drug substances and drug products
  • Support the disposition of drug substances and drug products
  • Review and approval of deviations and resulting investigation reports, corrective actions and/or preventive actions for adequacy and logic of root cause analysis, and impact to both quality and regulatory commitments
  • Participate in supplier audits
  • On-site monitoring of CMO manufacturing operations
  • Oversight and reporting CMO performance metrics
  • Administer Quality Management System databases for change control, deviations, and CAPAs
  • Development, maintenance and training of GMP SOPs
  • Write, review and approve GMP documentation (SOPs, protocols, technical reports, etc.)

Specific Skills & Educational Qualification Educational Requirements:

  • BS or equivalent in a technical discipline and a minimum of 7-10 years experience of in the pharmaceutical/ biotech industry
  • Must have at least 5 years experience in Quality Assurance supporting manufacturing of small molecule drug substance for clinical and commercial use
  • Working knowledge and technical understanding of the manufacture and testing of drug substance and drug product
  • Working knowledge of cGMP principles with respect to FDA and EMA regulations
  • Experience in reviewing and approving cGMP related documents (SOPs, protocols, reports, batch records, etc.)
  • Experience in deviation investigations, determining root cause, and developing corrective action plans
  • Knowledge of drug development process
  • Experience is process justification, process validation, risk assessment, training and document management in addition to working in a contract environment considered a plus
  • Problem solving skills
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent documentation skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Highly organized and ability to manage multiple priorities
  • Ability to work independently
  • Working knowledge of MS Office suite (Word, Power Point, Excel)

Associate Scientist (Bioanalytical / Agrosciences)
Under general supervision, this position is responsible for conducting sample preparation for bioanalytical and agroscience samples in an analytical chemistry lab and recording study results and observations.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Independently perform study set-ups
  • Perform routine lab operations in a neat/clean manner: sample extraction, preparing reagents, pipette, weigh, monitor, record, & replenish supplies
  • Perform data analysis & maintain study records
  • Document results & accurately record observations in accordance with GLPs and SOPs
  • Organize/conduct work assignments in a safe manner & according to SOPs and GLP regulations
  • Familiarity with majority of wet lab instruments/equipment
  • The ability to collect & organize data, and recognize problems that impede completion of studies according to study protocols
  • Basic math & chemistry skills to perform routine calculations
  • Good pipetting skills

The ideal candidate will be a motivated team player with excellent written & oral communication skills and strong presentation & problem solving capabilities.  B.S. in Analytical Chemistry is preferred, B.S. in Biochemistry or Pharmacology or related scientific discipline, or equivalent experience will also be considered.


Analytical Lab Technician
Essential Responsibilities:

  • Perform HPLC equipment qualification (EQ) per established company protocols
  • Participate in EQ of other analytical equipment (ovens, titrators, etc.)
  • Chemical sampling, packaging and sample shipping
  • Maintaining equipment logbooks
  • Inventory maintenance, log-in new samples, location transfers, etc.
  • Participate in the maintenance of the standards inventory facility
  • Delivery of samples and paperwork throughout the facility
  • Disposal of samples and expired chemicals
  • Unpacking and labeling of incoming laboratory supplies
  • Reagent preparation and testing of raw materials (nitrogen, drums, liners, filters, etc.)
  • Performing routine analyses such as pH, appearance, ash

The candidate should be a high school graduate or have a college degree. Work experience in chemical operations and experience with HPLC systems is required. The position requires flexible hours.


HPLC Method Development Scientist
Essential Responsibilities:

  • Develop & validate HPLC procedures for small molecule drug substances & drug products
  • Perform forced degradation studies & develop stability indicating assay & impurities methods
  • Work in a GMP laboratory. Coordinate the timely & compliant generation of data to support client projects
  • Perform routine HPLC analysis and validation studies
  • Author protocols and reports; review data for technical content and regulatory compliance
  • Maintain current expertise with relevant ICH, GMP, and FDA guidelines
  • This is a client facing role, must be comfortable working with external contacts & budgets

Specific Skills & Educational Qualifications:

B.S. to Ph.D. in chemistry or related field with 5+ years analytical laboratory experience or equivalent combination of education and experience is required. Relevant experience in good manufacturing practices (GMP) laboratory is required. Experience in standard lab instrumentation (HPLC, UPLC, etc.) Experience with LCMS or GC preferred but not required. Proficient in LIMS, Microsoft Excel, and Word


GC and GC-MS Scientist
Essential Responsibilities:

  • Perform method development and validation of GC methods using GC-FID direct injection and headspace analysis
  • Develop methods and perform GCMS analysis
  • Be resident subject matter expert in residual solvent analysis
  • Perform routine GC analysis in a pharmaceutical laboratory environment
  • Coordinate the timely and compliant generation of data to support client projects
  • Review data for technical content and good record keeping practices
  • Author validation plans, test methods, and technical reports

Requirements Educational Qualifications:

B.S. to Ph.D. in chemistry with 5+ years related pharmaceutical analytical laboratory experience or equivalent combination of education and experience is required. Relevant experience in good laboratory/manufacturing practices (GLP/cGMP), laboratory quality control, and interaction with quality assurance is required.

Specific Skills and Requirements:

  • Experience in standard lab instruments (GC, GCMS, headspace, analytical balances, pH meter, etc.)
  • Experience with HPLC preferred, but not required
  • Experience analyzing and handling radioactive materials preferred, but not required
  • Must have basic chemical knowledge and be able to handle them safely
  • Must have basic chemical knowledge and be able to handle them safely
  • Must be able to effectively multi task

HPLC/LCMS Scientist
Essential Responsibilities:

  • Work in an HPLC and HPLC-MS/MS laboratory
  • Coordinate the timely and compliant generation of data to support client projects
  • Work on impurity isolation, identification, structural characterization, genotoxic impurities, extractable & leachable, food migration studies
  • Perform routine HPLC and HPLC-MS/MS analysis
  • Participate in ongoing equipment maintenance and qualification
  • Review data for technical content & regulatory compliance
  • This is a client facing role, must be comfortable working with external contacts to design scientifically sound studies
  • Maintain current expertise with all appropriate ICH, GMP, and FDA guidelines

Specific Skills & Educational Qualifications:

B.S. to Ph.D. in chemistry or related field with 5+ years analytical laboratory experience or equivalent combination of education and experience is required. Relevant experience with good manufacturing practices (GMP) and quality assurance is required. Experience in HPLC, HPLC-MS/MS, semi-prep chromatography, lyophilization required. Experience with NMR, GC-MS, FTIR, desirable, but not required. Proficient in MS Office applications.


Preformulation Scientist
Essential Responsibilities:

  • Experience in the physicochemical characterization of small molecules
  • Powder X-ray diffraction analysis
  • Thermal analysis (DSC, TGA)
  • Raman and FTIR analysis
  • Particle size and polarized light microscopy
  • Moisture sorption analysis
  • Solubility
  • Hot-stage microscopy

Specific Skills & Educational Qualifications:

Required qualifications are a B.S., M.S., or Ph.D. in Chemistry or related science with two or more years of relevant experience in salt selection and polymorph screening, strong skills in physical chemical characterization/pre-formulation. Experience with formulation desirable but not required. Familiarity with regulatory guidelines (GLP, GMP). This role will provide solid-state guidance & mentoring to other scientists & cross-functional project teams (process chemistry, engineering, QC). Proficient in MS Office applications.


Stability Scientist
Essential Responsibilities:

  • Work in a GMP stability laboratory
  • Coordinate the timely and compliant generation of data to support client projects
  • Perform routine stability analysis using HPLC, KF and other testing; experience in standard lab instruments (HPLC, analytical balances, pH meter, etc.)
  • Perform environmental chamber mapping and requalification
  • Conduct OOT/OOS investigations, author CoAs, stability protocols and reports; review data for technical content &regulatory compliance
  • Interact with clients to design appropriate API and drug product batch release & stability studies
  • Maintain current expertise with all appropriate ICH, FDA and EMEA guidelines

Specific Skills & Educational Qualifications:

Minimum B.S. in chemistry or related field with 3+ years analytical laboratory experience or equivalent combination of education and experience is required. Relevant experience in good laboratory/manufacturing practices (cGLP/cGMP), laboratory quality control & quality assurance is required. Previous experience stability laboratory preferred. Proficient in LIMS, and MS Office applications.


Quality Control Technician
Essential Responsibilities:

  • Work in a QC pharmaceutical laboratory environment
  • Perform routine HPLC, TLC, and radiochemical analysis
  • Perform pharmacopeial testing
  • Develop material specification sheets
  • Perform raw material and API release testing against specifications
  • Develop and perform cleaning methods
  • Coordinate the timely and compliant generation of data
  • Review data for technical content and good record keeping practices
  • Perform out of specification (OOS) investigations
  • Author technical CoAs, reports, and release data
  • Experience in standard lab instruments (HPLC, analytical balances, pH meter, etc.)
  • Experience analyzing and handling radioactive materials
  • Experience with lab procedures (titration, extraction, dilution, etc.)

Specific Skills & Educational Qualifications:

B.S. to Ph.D. in chemistry with 2+ years related pharmaceutical analytical laboratory experience or equivalent combination of education and experience is required. Relevant experience in good laboratory/manufacturing practices (GLP/cGMP), laboratory quality control, and interaction with quality assurance is required. Proficient in MS Office applications.


In-Process Control (IPC) Technician
Essential Responsibilities:

  • Work in a GMP manufacturing facility to provide support to a process chemistry group & pilot plant
  • Development, validation, and in-process HPLC & GC methods
  • Perform routine HPLC, GC, and KF analysis in a fast paced environment
  • Analyze samples for to examine reaction endpointing and perform troubleshooting analyses
  • Coordinate the timely and compliant generation of data to support client projects
  • Review data for technical content and regulatory compliance
  • This is a client facing role, must be comfortable working with external contacts

Specific Skills & Educational Qualifications:

Minimum B.S. in chemistry or related field with 2+ years analytical laboratory experience or equivalent combination of education and experience is required. Must have basic knowledge chemicals their properties, structure, reactivity, and be able to handle safely with appropriate techniques. Relevant experience in good laboratory/manufacturing practices (cGLP/cGMP) is required. Experience in standard lab instruments (HPLC, GC, KF, etc.) Previous experience within a in-process analytical laboratory preferred. Proficient in MS Office applications.


 

Junior Salesforce Administrator:
The Junior Salesforce Administrator is part of our Business Development team that supports proposal generation, opportunity tracking and reporting. This position is a liaison between Management, Business Development and Operations, and the users of application. The position will work with Business Development to insure opportunities are processed efficiently and will work with Management to track the sales pipeline.

Responsibilities:

  • Daily administration of Salesforce including but not limited to managing User setup, Accounts, Contacts, Opportunities and Reports
  • Develop and create customized reports and dashboards
  • Keeping abreast of new Salesforce features and functionality and providing recommendations for process improvements
  • Train new and existing users on how to use Salesforce within our configuration
  • Keep users informed about system functionality and enhancements
  • Provide technical support
  • May involve some proposal writing

Qualifications:

  • College degree or equivalent work/technical experience
  • 2 + Years Salesforce experience, Salesforce certification preferred
  • Understanding of relational databases and data integration tools
  • Experience with programming languages such as SQL, JavaScript, HTML helpful
  • Excellent communication and analytical skills
  • Ability to work independently, as well as part of a team, on multiple projects
  • Good writing skills

Laboratory Instrument Repair Technician/Metrologist
Ricerca Biosciences is currently seeking a qualified Laboratory Instrument Repair Technician/Metrologist to be responsible for maintenance and repair of analytical instrumentation including HPLC, GC, Mass Spec and laboratory equipment (e.g., balances and repipetters). The position will involve instrument qualifications in a pharmaceutical laboratory environment, and completing and reviewing qualification documents. Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Perform instrument qualifications (IQ, OQ, MQ) per written protocols
  • Establish maintenance and requalification schedules
  • Maintain qualification documentation in a regulatory compliant manner
  • Maintain instrument log books
  • Perform and document routine and preventative maintenance on chromatography equipment and mass spectrometers
  • Troubleshoot and repair laboratory instruments
  • Keep inventory of common repair parts
  • Aid in the determination of laboratory specifications for the installation of laboratory equipment

An AAS or BS in chemistry or other Life Science is desirable. The position requires excellent organizational and communication skills, strong math skills, and proficiency with Microsoft Office. Experience in laboratory instrumentation; or experience related to instrumentation equipment installation, calibration, maintenance and repair is essential. Familiarity with GLP and cGMP guidelines is also a plus. Familiarity TotalChrom software (operational and data analysis) would be a plus.


DEVELOPMENT ENGINEER/SENIOR DEVELOPMENT ENGINEER
The qualified individual will be responsible for the lab-scale development and pilot-scale demonstration of process technology for the manufacture of new chemical-based products, with emphasis on Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients. The individual will work with chemists, engineers and technicians in a highly interactive team environment to analyze, plan and implement challenging and complex projects. The ideal candidate will be a motivated team player with excellent written and oral communication skills; have strong presentation and problem solving capabilities; have experience in project management; and have demonstrated success in prior positions.

Required qualification is a B.S. or M.S. in Chemical Engineering with 2 or more years of relevant chemical development experience. Experience in a cGMP and commercial environment is a plus.


SYNTHETIC CHEMIST
Job functions and competencies include:

  • Demonstrated skills in custom synthesis of radiolabeled compounds, stable labeled compounds and mg to gm quantities of unlabeled compounds
  • Able to function as the key contact with clients including preparation of written updates and leading discussion in conference calls
  • The ideal candidate will be a motivated team player with excellent written and oral communications skills
  • Able to work independently on projects assigned by the project leader
  • Applies technical knowledge gained through education and experience to optimize synthetic processes and solve problems

Required qualifications include:

  • Ph.D. degree in organic chemistry with a minimum 2 years of experience in small molecule organic synthesis
  • BS or MS degree in organic chemistry with 5+ Years small molecule organic synthesis experience
  • Good working knowledge of analytical techniques including NMR, MS and HPLC instrumentation
  • Familiarity with GLP and cGMP regulatory environment or willingness to learn
  • Experience with radiolabeled materials (14C, 3H) and custom synthesis required; support of kilo lab and scale-up operations is considered a plus

PILOT PLANT OPERATORS
The position will involve the operation of chemical process equipment in support of first time scale-ups, process optimization and small lot production of chemical based materials in compliance with FDA’s current Good Manufacturing Practice guidelines. The successful candidate will execute processing activities according to specific procedures, make observations, record data and maintain accurate documentation. The position is a salaried position eligible for overtime.

Qualifications include a high school diploma, basic knowledge of chemistry and math, mechanical aptitude, communication skills and teamwork skills. The position requires shift-work along with the ability to work with and move drum quantities of chemicals. Previous experience, as a chemical plant/pilot plant operator is desirable. Knowledge of chemical hazards, forklift operation and college courses in chemistry considered a plus.


Study Director AgChem
Ricerca Biosciences is currently seeking a qualified chemist with experience in the elucidation and identification of compounds and their degradation products. Duties include method development and analytical support for studies used to assess the degradation of chemicals (pesticides, industrial chemicals and pharmaceutical products) in a variety of matrices. Experience in the application of LC-MS/MS for structure elucidation, familiarity with handling radiolabeled compounds, understanding principles of GLP, and design and conduct of environmental fate and metabolism studies is required.

The position may involve supervision of technicians and client interaction.Experienced e-Fate director with 3 or 4 yrs. of history conducting studies in support of OECD and EPA study guidelines.


Associate Scientist II to work in Concord, Ohio
Develop and validate HPLC test methods. Compliance of Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) and Good Laboratory Practices (GLP) regulations. Perform application programming interface and commercial drug product GMP release testing. Perform quality control and stability testing for GMP production. Provide analytical support for API releasing development and GMP production. Provide analytical support for Dose Formulation Analysis (DFA). Operate HPLC instruments on a routine basis utilizing TotalChrom chromatography software. Requires a Bachelor’s Degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences/Chemistry (or equivalent based on evaluation of academic credentials, training and/or experience) as well as twenty-four months in job or job related experience to include develop and validate HPLC test methods; compliance of Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) and Good Laboratory Practices (GLP) regulations; perform quality control and stability testing for GMP production; provide analytical support for API releasing; operate HPLC instruments on a routine basis and utilize TotalChrom chromatography software. Suitable combination of education, training and experience is acceptable. Full-time position. Send resume to Human Resources, Ricerca Biosciences LLC, 7528 Auburn Rd., Concord, OH 44077. Must ref job code BB2015.


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