Danaher Corporation Chemist II, R & D - Hach - Elkhart, IN or Ames, IA in Elkhart, Indiana

Danaher Company Description

Hach is a world leader in the manufacture and distribution of analytical instruments, test kits and reagents for testing the quality of water, aqueous solutions and air. Our products are designed specifically for quality, accuracy, and simplicity. Strengthened by our sister companies in the environmental industry worldwide, our goal for the future is to continue to provide customers with reliable instrumentation, accurately prepared reagents, proven methods, simplified procedures and outstanding technical support. We offer an environment that is team-centered, customer-driven, quality-focused, and growth-oriented. Working at Hach will provide you the opportunity for robust career development.

OUR MISSION: Ensure water quality for people around the world.

OUR VISION: We make water analysis better – faster, simpler, greener and more informative – via unsurpassed customer partnerships, the most knowledgeable experts, and reliable, easy-to-use products.


Purpose of Position:

The Chemist II, R & D develops chemical products and product applications with some supervision and guidance in the design and test of various analytical equipment, subassemblies, and chemical formulations for use with Hach's systems for analysis. This position also provides technical support to Production, Compliance, and external customers.

Essential Functions:

  • A Chemist II, R & D uses deep discipline knowledge to develop new chemical methods of analysis. Actively demonstrates deep knowledge of a wide range of analytical techniques, methods, chemical principles and laboratory practices during the development of new analysis products.
  • Uses solid, practical technical knowledge to develop new applications for existing products to expand market and product base. Works closely with marketing in commercialization of new product or application launches to gain practical experience. Shows solid skill in applying chemistry knowledge to project assignments in the experimental design and planning stage. The employee generally seeks assistance with unusual situations where they do not have clear previous experience.
  • Validats new products and confirms manufacturability.
  • Generates formularies and quality control procedures for new test reagents
  • Shows solid practical experience with methods for gathering and interpreting customer VOC.
  • Participates on product development teams to represent chemical development. Supports and travels to key account and selected field sites to determine market applications and needs.
  • Assists other chemists on chemical methods development projects to run experiments, interference studies and stability studies.
  • Prepares calibrations of analytical methods and calibration reports.
  • Writes summary reports of development work completed and project status.
  • May supervise efforts of interns or chemistry technicians on specific project activities
  • Maintains an accurate and up-to-date laboratory notebook to record laboratory work performed.
  • Provides assistance to customers and Customer Service Department to resolve analysis questions.
  • Interacts with other departments to supply product and analysis information.
  • Shows solid practical experience in assisting manufacturing associates with chemistry- related items to facilitate production efficiency.
  • Assists with general laboratory and stockroom maintenance to help maintain department efficiency.
  • Adheres to company Quality System, through proper use of departmental procedures. Has a beginning understanding of the application of model markets including market size, potential, and share. Has the ability to translate market understanding into a new product development or applications projects. Understands the need for and use of return on investment calculations, overhead calculations, and general accounting.

    Non-Essential Functions:

  • Demonstrates practical knowledge of a wide range of technical methods, principles, and practices similar to a narrow area of a professional field, and skill in applying this knowledge to such assignments as the design and planning of difficult, but well- precedented projects. The employee generally seeks assistance with unusual situations that do not have clear precedents.

  • The employee plans and carries out the successive steps and handles problems and deviations in the work assignment in accordance with instructions, policies, previous training, or accepted practices in the occupation. Completed work is usually evaluated for technical soundness, appropriateness, and conformity to policy and requirements. The methods used in arriving at the end results are not usually reviewed in detail.
  • Guidelines are available, but are not completely applicable to the work or have gaps in specificity. The employee uses judgment in interpreting and adapting guidelines such as policies, regulations, precedents, and work directions for application to specific cases or problems. The employee analyzes results and recommends changes.
  • The work includes duties involving different and unrelated processes and methods. The work involves treating a variety of conventional problems, questions, or situations in conformance with established criteria. The work product or service affects the design or operation of systems, programs, or equipment; the adequacy of such activities as field investigations, testing operations, or research conclusions.
  • Personal contacts are with individuals or groups from inside and outside the employing establishment in a moderately unstructured setting. The purpose is to obtain, clarify, or give facts or information regardless of the nature of those facts, i.e., the facts or information may range from easily understood to highly technical.
  • The employee plans and carries out the successive steps and handles problems and deviations in the work assignment in accordance with instructions from senior technical team members, department policies, previous training, or accepted practices in the occupation.
  • Provides chemistry knowledge to the project or business area of focus. The position includes demonstrating academic level knowledge for adjacent scientific fields and methods.
  • Shows solid practical experience and use of DBS tools.
  • The Chemist II will follow guidelines such as department policies, hazardous materials regulations and procedures, experimental precedents, and work directions for application to specific cases or problems. A Chemist II will recommend changes, exceptions or adaptations to these things as suitable to improve the safety, effectiveness and performance of the department or company.
  • Assists in developing new production processes and equipment.

Education, Background and Skill Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in chemistry or degree in related field with minimum of 3 years of directly relevant experience or a MS with 0 years of experience.
  • Strong knowledge of ISO quality systems (specifically Design Controls/Product Realization) and related requirements.
  • Demonstrated skill in the areas required to perform this job for a technologist:

    • At minimum a teaching level ability for chemistry skills, analytical laboratory techniques, practices, and procedures. Strong understanding of chemical principles. Strong analytical skills.
    • At minimum solid practical Technical Applications Knowledge
    • At minimum a beginning Cross-Technical Knowledge (Adjacent Discipline)
    • At minimum solid practical Chemical and/or Electromechanical Manufacturing understanding


    Physical Demands

    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.

    While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to reach with hands and arms. The employee is constantly required to stand/or sit, squat, turn/twist, reach, use hands to: finger, handle, feel or operate objects, tools or controls, and computer keyboards. The employee is occasionally required to walk, climb, balance, stoop, bend, kneel, crouch or crawl, and talk, hear, and smell.

    The employee must occasionally lift, carry, push or pull up to 20 pounds.

    Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

    Work Environment

    The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

    While performing the duties of this job, the employee may be subjected to moving mechanical parts, electrical currents, vibrations, fumes, odors, dusts, gases, chemicals, oils, extreme temperatures and work space restrictions.

    The noise level in the work environment is occasionally loud.

    Employees will be required to wear the proper Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) which may include: eye, hearing and respiratory protection, protective smock, steel toe shoes, gloves, hard hats, or face shields. Contact lenses may not be allowed in some areas.

    /The duties listed in job descriptions are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position. The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change./


    External hiring into this position is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment drug screen and background check and possible credit history review.

    Hach is an equal opportunity employer. We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, gender, age, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other characteristic protected by law,

    The purpose of this description is to assist in ADA compliance and is not intended for other purposes such as collective bargaining, or compensation.

Danaher Corporation Overview
Danaher is a global science & technology innovator committed to helping our customers solve complex challenges and improve quality of life worldwide. Our world class brands are leaders in some of the most demanding and attractive industries, including life sciences, medical diagnostics, dental, environmental and industrial solutions. Our globally diverse team of 59,000 associates is united by a common culture and operating system, the Danaher Business System, which serves as our competitive advantage. We generated $16.5B in revenue last year. We are ranked #133 on the Fortune 500 and our stock has outperformed the S&P 500 by more than 2,000% over 20 years.

At Danaher, you can build a career in a way no other company can duplicate. Our brands allow us to offer dynamic careers across multiple industries. We’re innovative, fast-paced, results-oriented, and we win. We need talented people to keep winning. Here you’ll learn how DBS is used to shape strategy, focus execution, align our people, and create value for customers and shareholders. Come join our winning team.

For additional company details, see www.danaher.com

Organization: Hach
Job Function: Research and Development / Scientific
Primary Location: North America-United States-IN-Elkhart
Schedule: Full-time
Req ID: HAC003775