Thermo Fisher Scientific Lab Assistant in Bend, Oregon

Job Description


Provides laboratory support for Chemists, Scientists and Engineers in the Research and Development and Quality Control laboratory areas of the company.

Essential Functions:

Assists in routine preparation and running of lab samples (PXRD, DSC, GC) to support Scientists as appropriate according to proficiency and training levels; may perform more advanced testing with management approval and appropriate training on proficiency.

Performs preventative maintenance, monitor instrument performance/usage, and performance verification on assigned laboratory instruments (balances, pipettes, pH meter, DSC, PXRD) and may communicate with vendors to schedule instrument service visits and update service contracts.

Maintains lab inventory by utilizing inventory systems for lab supplies to avoid out-of-stock situations and create purchase requests, place orders, follow up with vendors, and track process in Purchasing Order Log, helps with stability pulls and control of samples and standards in and out of the lab.

Prepares dissolution media, high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) mobile phases, and other routine laboratory tasks under the direction of laboratory personnel.

Supports Lab efficiencies as appropriate for type of work i.e. by preparing solutions or kits as needed.

Issues, reviews and maintains laboratory notebooks, log books, and other documentation in accordance with good laboratory practices (GLP).

Cleans laboratory glassware and generally maintain a clean and orderly laboratory consistent with SOPs and management expectations.

Utilizes proper personnel protective equipment (PPE) and follows requirements for safe handling and use of laboratory chemicals, solvents and active pharmaceutical ingredients (API). Supports the timely and appropriate disposal of all laboratory hazardous waste streams.

Performs other duties as assigned by management.


Associates Degree in chemistry, biology or related science or engineering field required. Bachelor’s degree preferred.


Two years of laboratory experience required.


Equivalent combinations of education, training, and relevant work experience may be considered.


Knowledge of the principles of operation and demonstrated experience with routine use of a variety of laboratory instruments (HPLC, GC, DSC, PXRD etc.) and general analytical chemistry laboratory tasks (accurate weighing, sample/solution preparation, notebook documentation etc.). Understanding of lab supply needs and purchasing systems. Some knowledge of lab organization including Lean (OE and 5S). Experience in preparing solutions, taking inventory, performing verifications and calibrations on instruments. Knowledge of current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP) and general, organic and/or analytical chemistry preferred. Strong proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint). Effective written and interpersonal skills. Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously.

Physical Requirements:

Work performed in a laboratory setting. Position requires ordinary ambulatory skills and physical coordination sufficient to move about office and laboratory locations; ability to stand, walk, stoop, kneel, crouch periodically for prolonged periods of time; manipulation (lift, carry, move) of light to medium weights of 10-35 pound pounds; arm, hand and finger dexterity, including ability to grasp laboratory instruments and equipment for prolonged periods of time; visual acuity to use a keyboard, computer monitor, operate equipment, and read materials for prolonged periods of time; ability to sit, reach with hands and arms, talk, and hear for prolonged periods of time.


This job description is intended to present the general content and requirements for the performance of this job. The description is not to be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities, or requirements. Managers and supervisors may assign other duties as needed.

Nothing contained herein should be construed to create an employment contract. Occasionally, required skills/experiences for jobs are expressed in brief terms. Any language contained herein is intended to fully comply with all obligations imposed by the legislation of each country in which it operates, including the implementation of the EU Equality Directive, in relation to the recruitment and employment of its employees.

Please take note that we require a negative drug screen, administered by our third-party vendor, as a condition of employment.

Thermo Fisher Scientific is an EEO/Affirmative Action Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability or any other legally protected status.