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Synthetic Organic Chemist Level 2

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Employer: Toronto Research Chemicals
Position: Synthetic Organic Chemist Level 2
Terms of Employment: Full-time / Permanent
Location: North York, Ontario and Richmond Hill, Ontario
Employment Address:
2 Brisbane Rd., North York, ON M3J 2J8
24 Brisbane Rd, North York, ON M3J 2J8
120 Newkirk Rd – Unit 19, Richmond Hill, ON L4C 9S7

Hours of Work: 40 hours/week
Language: English
Benefits: Eligible for discretionary bonuses and/or salary increases in accordance with company policy. Medical insurance, dental insurance, disability insurance, Toronto Research Chemicals has established a group registered retirement savings plan (RRSP) and deferred profit-sharing plan (DPSP). Also, a Maternity Supplementary Benefit where the organization supplements the difference between EI/QPIP benefit (55%-70%) providing with up to 80% of weekly earnings for the first 15 weeks of maternity leave.
Salary: $70,000 – 85,000 CAD / year
Contact: [email protected]


Complete and be responsible for carrying out synthesis of small molecule targets in the lab with limited guidance and contribute to a safe working environment. Keep an accurate record of all work with an eye to reproducibility and recording of costs.


Work Safely
• Setting up and organizing equipment and reactions so that they are run in a safe manner
• Abiding by health and safety guidelines prescribed by governing bodies and the TRC Environmental Health and Safety Committee
• May need help in recognizing potential safety issues
• Keeping an organized bench
• Keeping up with company SOP and safety training

Technical Projects
• Be able to do process development with little supervision
• Contribute to the choice of the correct reaction and/or reagents to improve a reaction outcome
• Understanding and choosing the correct reaction and/or reagents to improve a reaction outcome
• Carrying out: dry reactions, separations by chromatography, straightforward distillation and crystallizations
• Interpreting routine analytical data and spectra independently

Maintaining a Good Level of Productivity
• Organizing time and daily activities
• Making good reaction scale choices, with occasional input from the supervisor
• Completing reactions on a weekly basis at the company average, including work-up and purification
• Advancing 2-3 projects on a weekly basis at the company average

Keeping Good Records
• Keeping a notebook that can be read, understood and reproduced
• Completing paperwork for completed projects is turned in in a timely manner

Act as a Resource
• May be called upon to mentor new hires during their probationary period
• May be called upon to act in the supervisor’s stead when he or she is off work for an extended period

Working Relationships
• Working closely with Lab Supervisor and other members of the chemistry production team to resolve technical with Projects
• Working with Finished Goods & Logistics team and Receiving team regarding materials
• Working with Analytical team regarding product testing
• Working with Maintenance & Facilities Department regarding equipment issues
• Working with Human Resources Department regarding personnel issues and HR policies
• Working with Environmental Health & Safety Department regarding environmental, health and safety issues and policies

Perform other duties
• Performing other duties and complete additional projects as assigned
• Working on several different projects of varying lengths and complexity

• PhD in organic chemistry or a related field
• High-level knowledge of organic reactions and their mechanisms
• Strong ability to search the chemical literature with SciFinder and other tools
• Ability to plan, develop and trouble shoot complex multi-step syntheses
• Expert knowledge in carrying out a wide variety of organic laboratory techniques including, but not limited to, water and oxygen sensitive chemistry, microscale manipulations, modern organometallic synthetic methods
• Experience performing process development and research
• Experience in the extraction of natural products and/or photochemistry is an asset
• The ability to characterize products of complex structure by independent interpretation of spectral data
• Expertise in developing methods for separating complex mixtures and using fundamental techniques and advanced purification techniques such as ion-exchange chromatography, reverse-phase chromatography, and automated purification methods is preferred

Please note all applications must be eligible to work within Canada.

TRC is an Equal Opportunity Employer; promoting accessibility and inclusivity at work and offering accommodation for applicants as required and requested.

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those selected to proceed in the interview process will be contacted. Recruitment is managed internally by the HR department. Candidates and recruitment agencies, please note your inquiries should be directed to the HR department only.

How to Apply

Application Deadline: 18/01/2022

Contact: [email protected]

If you are interested in the Synthetic Organic Chemist position, the following documents are required for application review:

Current reference list
Summary of schemes (general synthetic schemes/structures summarizing work you have done)
Current Canadian residency status