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Analytical Chemist

Advertiser: Helius Therapeutics LimitedMore jobs from this company

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Job Listing Date
9 Sept 2019
Auckland, Manukau & East Auckland
Work Type
Full Time
Science & Technology, Laboratory & Technical Services

Helius exists to be the most innovative medicinal cannabis company: Creating the most efficacious and safe cannabis medicines in the world.

Helius is a biotechnology company focused on medicinal cannabis research and product development for chronic pain, sleep and neurological disorders. Helius is currently building a state-of-the-art, vertically integrated facility in Auckland which will comprise of GMP certified indoor hydroponic growing systems, an integrated oil extraction facility, advanced cannabinoid research laboratories and manufacturing operations.

Reporting to the Quality Manager, the Analytical Chemist will be responsible for timely testing of all materials (starting materials, intermediates and products) to ascertain quality and fit for use whilst meeting all the requirements of GMP.  This role covers all aspects of the analytical laboratory operations including but not limited to method development, validation, QC testing and R&D analytical support.  This team member will have shared responsibility of all laboratory operations including input into the development of laboratory related documentation and systems.  To be successful, you must actively identify, prevent and solve problems affecting the laboratory and drive continuous improvement of the department to maximise productivity and ensure compliance with all regulatory requirements (both Quality and Health and Safety).

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Perform analytical testing such as method development, validation, QC (sampling and testing) and R&D analytical support
  • Develop and maintain Laboratory Operations to suit business needs: ordering of supplies and chemicals, maintenance and calibration of equipment etc
  • Ensure compliance with all relevant and applicable Health & Safety procedures and standards.
  • Ensure operational compliance with GMP standards.
  • Assist in the implementation of policies, operating procedures, quality systems and programs which ensure proper testing, evaluation, inspection, and technical support in order to meet product quality standards.
  • Share knowledge, skills and information with other team members across the business.
  • Attend and participate in all appropriate team meetings. 
  • Assist government regulators and auditors with inspections and audits.
  • Stay up to date with industry analytical testing trends with the aim of becoming a Centre of Excellence for GMP Cannabis Analytics.
  • This is not an exhaustive list of responsibilities, flexibility is required and you will be required to undertake other tasks as required to meet the business needs.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Relevant Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent required;
  • At least 3 years of professional analytical chemistry experience;
  • Experienced in the operation and troubleshooting of HPLC and GC analysis;
  • Experience in method validation preferred;
  • Ability to work independently;
  • A thorough knowledge of current Good Manufacturing Practices;
  • Ability to work under pressure (in an extremely fast paced environment) and to adapt to changing organisational and operational needs;
  • High emotional intelligence, attention to detail, honest, integrity;
  • A strong communicator, both written and verbal;
  • High energy, solution focus, demonstrated follow through and drive toward learning and continuous improvement


  • Must not have any criminal convictions or arrests involving drug-related offences.
  • Can pass an extensive background security check.

Applicants should submit cover letter and CV (applications will be managed with strictest confidentiality).

The application form will include these questions:
  • Which of the following statements best describes your right to work in New Zealand?
  • Have you worked in a role which requires a sound understanding of Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP)?
  • How many years' experience do you have as a laboratory technician?

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