Scientist II (CLS)

Central Garden & Pet
March 31, 2021
Dallas, TX
Job Type


Our Central Life Sciences Research & Development team is searching for a Scientist II for our Dallas, TX laboratory.  This important position is part of a multi-disciplined team responsible for product development of EPA registered products for the professional, consumer animal health, and equine business units. Our Scientist II provides support of existing products and new registrations by obtaining results through analytical testing.  He/she maintains and operates laboratory instruments and equipment and assists senior chemists in performing analyses and routine tasks.  He/she also maintains laboratory facilities in an orderly and functional condition.

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Essential and other important responsibilities and duties will include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Performs analyses that are specified by supervisor or as outlined in established instructions or procedures.  Work is subject to regular guidance and review by supervisor. 
  • Maintains, calibrates, and operates complex laboratory instrumentation such as High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC) and Gas Chromatography (GC). 
  • Assists in Mass Spectral analysis.  Operate GC-MSD and HPLC-MSD instrumentation.
  • Assists in developing and validating new test procedures for chemical analysis in order to meet requirements by regulatory agencies.  
  • Assists in preparing appropriate standard operating procedures (SOPs) protocols and regulatory requirements.  Assure that all work done is in compliance with Good Laboratory Practices (GLP) and Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) set by all appropriate government agencies and is properly documented.  Maintains proficiency in US EPA and FDA guidelines.
  • Serve as an Analytical Chemistry representative on assigned Project Teams and follow the Commercialization Process for development of new products.  Prepare written reports and presentations on the planning, progress and status of activities in analytical chemistry to the Project Teams. 


  • BS in Chemistry or equivalent and >6 years analytical laboratory experience; OR MS in Chemistry or equivalent and >4 years analytical laboratory experience; OR PhD in Chemistry or equivalent and >2 years analytical laboratory experience;
  • The highest degree of confidentiality and discretion required.  Integrity must be beyond reproach;
  • Must possess good written and verbal skills; able to interact well with other departments and co-workers;
  • Must have an understanding of analytical chemistry laboratory work; skills in analytical chemistry are paramount;
  • Search the scientific literature to keep abreast of new developments in chemical analysis;
  • Ability to work in a team environment with a spirit of cooperation and sharing of information;
  • Working knowledge of mass spectral equipment preferred;
  • Working knowledge of EPA registration process;
  • Must possess a good working knowledge of word processing, spreadsheet, and other computer software skills;
  • Must able to accept guidance from senior members of the Analytical staff;
  • Familiarity with the use of laboratory instruments used for physical and chemical testing.  The complexities of instrumental analysis require special insight gained from years of training and experience; 
  • Ability to work in a constant state of alertness and safe manner


Work hours are divided between the office and the analytical laboratories.  Much time is spent with computer and deskwork.  Safety apparel is required in the lab or production areas, i.e. safety glasses (always), lab coat, gloves, and dust masks (as appropriate).  Standard procedures must be carefully followed in working with potentially hazardous equipment and materials.  There is exposure to equipment and materials at extremely high temperatures (ovens and GCs), and cryogenic temperatures (liquid nitrogen).  Appreciation for the safe handling of flammable liquids, compressed gases, acids, bases, and toxic chemicals is required.  The use of a hard hat, respirator mask, and other safety equipment is necessary at times.  The position involves the occasional handling of large equipment and supplies necessary for the everyday operation of the analytical laboratory (for example: chemical waste containers and large compress gas cylinders).  Also, very large sample sizes are sometimes encountered.  Physical exertion commensurate to the handling of such materials and the ability to move as much as 50 pounds is required.

At Central Garden & Pet (NASDAQ: CENT and CENTA), we believe home is at the center of our lives, and our employees are driven by our purpose to nurture happy and healthy homes. Our company is made up of thousands of people across North America, with an emerging footprint across the U.K., Mexico, China and Canada - all dedicated to helping gardens bloom bigger, pets live healthier and communities grow stronger. We are united by our mission to lead the future of the garden and pet industries…one blade of grass and one wagging tail at a time. Visit our website at to learn more.

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other characteristic protected by law.


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