top of page

Synthetic Organic Chemist

Production and R&D         Location: Seattle, United States

Posting Reference: P20241271


Full-Time Position at GelbChem

GelbChem is a growing biotech company specializing in reagents for screening and diagnosis of genetic disorders. As the innovators of predominant technologies in the field, we are passionate about providing the most scientifically sound, up-to-date, and cost-effective methodologies for Newborn Screening research and diagnostics. We back our products with comprehensive, personalized customer service from our team of experts in the fields of enzymology, mass spectrometry, analytical biochemistry, and synthetic chemistry. We believe each employee is essential to reaching the full potential of our mission. Join our team as we collaborate in supporting the field of Newborn Screening and make a difference in the lives of children and their families across the globe.


GelbChem is seeking a motivated Synthetic Organic Chemist to support production and R&D activities within the Company's Department of Enzyme Assay and Biomarker Reagents. In this role, you will be responsible for completing small molecule synthesis of enzyme assay reagents in gram scale and collaborating with our production and R&D team in both the product design and production stages of product development. You will conduct independent literature reviews using relevant platforms (i.e., SciFinder, etc.) and present regular updates with the production team and top management.

In addition to expertise in synthetic organic chemistry, the individual must be able to work independently, be able to follow good record keeping practices, and have strong presentation skills.

Principal Responsibilities

  • Synthesize enzyme activity assay and biomarker reagents (small organic molecules) in gram scale, purify and characterize products by NMR, mass spectrometry, etc.

  • Conduct literature research independently using relevant platforms (i.e., SciFinder, etc).

  • Participate creatively in discussions regarding product design and planning of synthetic routes.

  • Discuss results with team members and top management in regular meetings.

  • Work within the Company’s quality management system and collaborate with team members in an engaging environment.

  • Stay up to date on the most current synthetic methods and synthetic chemistry concepts.

Required Qualifications

  • PhD in Chemistry with a focus in Synthetic Organic Chemistry

  • Excellent organizational and project management skills

  • Demonstrated effective verbal and written communication skills 

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience working in a regulatory setting (GLP/GMP/GCP)

Benefits for this position include monthly health insurance stipend.

The hiring pay range for this position is $70,000 to $80,000 per year based on skills, education and experience relevant to the role.

GelbChem is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applications will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, age, gender identity, sexual orientation, color, religion, sex, marital status, national origin, protected veteran status, disability status, or any other status protected by federal, state, or local law.

To apply, please send your resume and cover letter to

bottom of page