Sr Scientist II - Analytical Chemistry

Altria Client Services

Richmond, Virginia

6/4/2019 5:00:08 AM


Research Development Sciences



Altria Group is a FORTUNE 200 company that holds diversified positions across tobacco, alcohol, and cannabis; including Philip Morris USA, U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company, John Middleton and Nat Sherman. Altria’s mission is to own and develop financially disciplined businesses that are leaders in responsibly providing adult tobacco and wine consumers with superior branded products.

Altria Client Services’ role is to provide high-quality services to the Altria family of companies. The Regulatory Science department’s role is to lead the development and execution of regulatory science strategies to advance Altria’s business goals. We are currently seeking a highly qualified Senior Scientist II to join our Analytical Sciences department located in our Center for Research and Technology in Richmond, VA.

In your role as Senior Scientist II, you will provide technical leadership for non-targeted analytical methods for the identification and confirmation of compounds found in aerosol and tobacco samples. We will utilize your specialized scientific knowledge including organic chemistry, analytical chemistry, mass spectral interpretation, and NMR to elucidate compound structures. Part of your responsibilities will be conducting investigational experiments such as forced degradation studies using Rapid Oxy or Microwave reactions to isolate compounds and ascertain their mechanism of formation.

How you will make an impact:

* You will be primarily responsible for identification and quantification of compounds in complex matrices using multiple techniques, including high-resolution mass spectrometry
* Responsible for mass spectral and NMR interpretation for characterization of small molecules
* Serve as a scientific and technical leader in his/her area of expertise, leading multiple tasks with no or minimal supervision
* Collaborate with scientists in other disciplines and external organizations by applying his/her Chemistry knowledge to bring new technical insights
* Use your experience working in regulated environments such as GLP or ISO 17025 quality system to develop and validate analytical methods
* Provide technical guidance and instructions to junior lab personnel to conduct problem-solving investigations and instrument troubleshooting

Specific Skills

What you will need to be successful:

* Advanced Degree (Ph.D. preferred) in Analytical Chemistry, Organic Chemistry or related discipline with a focus in Liquid Chromatography, Gas Chromatography, and Tandem Mass Spectrometry
* Demonstrated experience in compound identification using high-resolution mass spectrometry (Experience with Thermo Fisher Orbitrap preferred)
* Experience in method development and validation to implement new methods that will be used for quantitative analysis to support regulatory compliance and/or product development.
* Proven track record of external engagement with relevant scientific organizations such as the FDA, and ISO
* Five or more years of experience (preferred) with chromatography-mass spectrometry-based techniques for the quantitation of trace levels of compounds in complex matrices such as natural products.
* Experience working in a regulated environment under a quality system such as ISO or GLP.
* Experience with sample preparation and extraction techniques (LL, SPE, etc.) for the isolation and quantitation of target compounds in complex matrices
* Working knowledge of identification techniques (MS, IR, UV, IR, UV, NMR, etc.)
* Proficiency with chromatography and mass spectrometry data analysis software’s such as Agilent MassHunter, ProGenesis, Xcalibur, Compound Discoverer
* Excellent technical writing and communications skills as demonstrated by presentations and publications in the areas of expertise
* Ability to actively engage and travel to industry meetings and conferences.
Altria is a Fortune 200 company, proud to call Richmond, Virginia our home.

Altria Group holds diversified positions across tobacco, alcohol, and cannabis. Our tobacco companies include some of the most enduring names in American business: Philip Morris USA, U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company, John Middleton and Nat Sherman. We complement our total tobacco business with our ownership of Ste. Michelle Wine Estates, our significant equity investment in Anheuser-Busch InBev, the world's largest brewer; Juul, a leading e-vapor company; and Cronos Group, a leading Canadian cannabis company.

Altria Client Services’ role is to help Altria Group and its operating companies responsibly meet their business goals by providing the high-quality services they require in a financially disciplined way. We believe in developing the leadership potential of our employees by providing opportunities for training, development, and advancement.

In addition to the opportunity to apply and develop your skills toward key business objectives, we offer an excellent compensation package including a competitive base salary, comprehensive health/vision/dental insurance, participation in our deferred profit sharing and incentive compensation programs as well as a relocation assistance package.


Each Altria company is an equal opportunity employer. We consider qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, gender identity, protected veteran status, or other protected class.

Richmond, VA - Virginia


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