Chicago Scientific & Laboratory

Staffing | Recruiting

Serving Chicago companies for more than 25 years

Messina Group’s Lab Temps Staffing Divison has been placing candidate after candidate since 1985. Our speciality is providing direct hire, contract-to-hire and contract (temporary) Scientific and Laboratory professionals to companies in Chicago. Lab Temps specializes in recruiting for the Pharmaceutical, Consumer Care Products, Food & Beverage, Environmental, Chemicals and Biotechnology industries.

Chicago is ranked second in the nation for food manufacturing and remains a leader in the Biotechnology sector—with many companies choosing to locate their headquarters and research centers in the area. Advanced Biotechnology research and Advanced Medical Manufacturing are thriving in Chicago.

We boast placements in as little as 24-48 hours. These skilled professionals have gone on to contribute to a wide variety of projects ranging from drug development and the formulation of personal care products to new dental technology and food product sensory testing.

If you are looking to hire in the Chicagoland area, or are a professional considering a career in a Scientific field, Lab Temps has you covered. We bring a high-touch, quality recruiting service that has earned us a well-known reputation.

Our Scientific & Laboratory Specialities

Over the years, our dedicated team of scientific recruiters has developed a large portfolio of lab and scientific professionals from Chicago, allowing us to quickly tap this vetted network. We will collaborate with you and locate the ideal candidate for your talent acquisition initiatives. 

Food & Beverage

Chicago is one of the largest hubs for Food Processing companies. Specializing in a broad spectrum of scientific positions, we deliver fast results for these companies.


Biotech recruiting requires a nuanced approach -- each search based on its unique requirements.

Chemical & Energy

We source passive candidates in key disciplines within the energy and chemicals sector.

Personal Care

When our clients need professionals to design and manufacture new ingredients, we can have results in hours.


We have extensive contacts within the pharma space to identify passive candidates who may be looking.

Recent Placements in the Chicagoland Area

Featured Placement Spotlight:

Our Talent advisors were engaged to fill a Tactical Supply Planner role to occupy the very center of our client’s supply chain by coordinating all tactical planning with the execution of manufacturing/operations functions, as well as transitioning strategic plans into their tactical planning window. The individual will play a key role in the company’s Integrated Business Management process by working closely with manufacturing and operations to ensure the objectives of the Supply Review, Integrated Reconciliation Review, and Management Business Review are met.

Client Profile

Our client is a producer of silicate, zeolite, and other performance materials serving the detergent, pulp and paper, chemical, petroleum, catalyst, water treatment, construction, and beverage markets. It is a global enterprise operating in 19 countries on five continents.

Our Approach

Our Talent Advisor found a candidate who was a key MRP planning core team member of a SAP and JDA systems integration project and had experience forecasting over 7,000 SKUs across 10 product lines and three plants.

Client Impact

Our client had precise requirements for this role. Our Talent Advisor found a fantastic candidate with highly relevant experience in a directly related field. They were thrilled with their new Tactical Supply Planner and grateful for our team’s efficiency and dedication that went into filling this role.
PQ Corporation

Our Talent Advisors were engaged to fill a Human Resources Manager role to be responsible for improving the productivity of the organization’s employees. This position assesses company-wide developmental needs to drive training initiatives and identifies and arranges suitable training solutions for employees. This position actively searches, creatively designs, and implements effective methods to educate, enhance performance, and recognize performance.

Client Profile

Our client provides high-precision metal products to many companies in a variety of markets and industries. They use the latest state-of-the-art CNC equipment, combined with dedication to quality and efficiency at all stages of fabrication, making them the outstanding supplier of precision machined components. Their dock-to-stock reliability means that their parts can be incorporated into production without costly and time-consuming incoming inspections.

Our Approach

Our team found a Senior HR generalist with experience creating, transforming, and leading HR organizations for domestic and international, multi-site, multi-union, and non-union manufacturers and distributors. This professional led through ongoing changes in corporate structures, legal requirements, and industry trends. This expert partnered with operations and executive leadership to drive targeted performance and establish a positive culture. They had also identified/executed cost savings and implemented training to reduce turnover, absenteeism, and grievances while fostering teamwork. The HR Manager was skilled in Employee/Labor Relations, Organizational Development, Training and Development, Leadership Development, Compensation Management, Strategic Planning, Budget Management, Succession Planning, Performance Management, Change Management, Health & Safety, Legal/Regulatory Compliance, and Mergers & Acquisitions.

Client Impact

Our client had a vital need for a Human Resources Manager, as they had never had an HR team in place before partnering with our advisors. They sought our assistance in finding an expert with a strong Human Resources background to start a team from the ground up, get processes in place, and assist in all areas of HR for the whole company. They were thrilled with their new Human Resources Manager and have added additional team members since bringing this professional aboard, adding value in various manners to the company.

Our Talent Advisors were engaged to fill a Pharmaceutical Quality Control Chemist role to lead our client in the development of their API QC laboratory and play a significant role in support of our client’s strategy for pharmaceutical ingredients (Active and Excipients) and bring knowledge and expertise to running a new pharma QC lab and the standards that go with it.

Client Profile

Our client is North America’s most trusted supplier and world-class manufacturer of fatty acids and glycerin, proudly offering products derived from natural raw materials, fatty acids, and glycerin, all of which are used in everyday applications.

Our Approach

Our Talent Advisors found a Quality Control Professional with a background in pharmaceutical products and chemical entities. With core competencies in performing powder characterizations of raw materials, excipients, and APIs. The candidate also possessed extensive experience designing experiments to support the large-scale manufacturing process of pharmaceutical products alongside his excellent communication and adaptability skills.

Client Impact

our client had a specific need and partnered with Messina to successfully fill their opening in a timely manner. They sought out our Talent Advisors expertise in Lab and Scientific staffing to find a candidate with API expertise and a strong Quality Control background. Our Talent Advisors were able to find a fantastic candidate obtaining all the required skills coupled with advanced instrumentation techniques and leadership abilities.
Vantage Oleo Chemicals

Our Talent Advisors were engaged to fill an Associate Test Project Manager role to perform data review of product testing results to determine product performance and develop conclusions of product performance to required test specifications and customer requirements.

Client Profile

Our client is a leading manufacturer of electronic, electrical, and fiber optic connectivity systems. They offer products across various industries, including data communications, medical, industrial, automotive, and consumer electronics.

Our Approach

Our Talent Advisors found an ideal candidate who had the experience to interface with various business units and successfully schedule stages of new product development. Her vast knowledge of safety compliance and her ability to work closely with engineering to estimate costs and lead time was instrumental.

Client Impact

Our client had a niche requirement that their internal recruiting team was not successful in sourcing. After their recruiters exhausted their resources, they partnered with our Talent team. They requested our assistance in recruiting a project manager to function as their primary customer technical interface to their business units. Our Talent Advisors found an ideal candidate with over a decade of parallel experience. They are thankful for the efficiency and effectiveness of their Associate Test Project Manager and have requested a second employee from our advisors.

Our talent advisors were engaged to fill a Plant Manager role to lead our client’s plant by directing and managing plant activities to ensure a safe and efficient operation that meets the company’s goals for safety, compliance, quality, and profitability. This person would lead the effort to promote a strong EH&S culture that enables an accident-free workplace and ensures compliance with all OSHA’s environmental regulatory requirements. They were also planning to implement a continuous improvement process that utilizes Lean tools such as OEE and 5S and engages employees at all levels in the organization in driving improvements in safety, quality, cost, and delivery.

This client needed a person who would embed a Quality Management System. Someone to ensure products are manufactured within specifications and raw material losses are minimized. They would also build a high-performing team through effective coaching, training, and the establishment of clearly communicated goals and objectives as well as collaborate with the Engineering department to develop and implement projects that improve productivity and safety. They would create and manage annual budgets for capital expenditure, fixed, and variable costs.

Client Profile

Our client is a leading global silicates, silicas, and derivative products provider. With a strong emphasis on safety and sustainability, this company’s products are being used across various industrial processes and customer products. Their offerings have found utility in various fields, from decorative paints to cement, clean drinking water to green tires, and toothpaste to biofuels and beer.

Our Approach

Our talent advisors found a stellar, hands-on Plant/Operations Manager with over 25 years of experience in manufacturing and 20 years of experience in operations. They found this candidate within seven days of starting the recruiting process. The client’s role had been open for quite a while, and it was an urgent need due to retirement.

Client Impact

Our client had a specific need for a leader that would “roll up their sleeves.” They needed someone with experience managing diverse teams, lean manufacturing knowledge, union experience, and an engineering background.
PQ Corporation

Our Talent Advisors were engaged to fill a Senior Chemist, R&D role to assist our client in the architectural and industrial markets while also developing new products, modifying existing products to meet the needs of our customers, and providing technical support to our customers as well as manufacturing support.

Client Profile

Our client is a global polymer manufacturing company focusing on supplying high-quality polymer resins.

Our Approach

Our Talent Advisors found an entrepreneur who was seeking to get back into the polymer industry. He strived for a hands-on role that would, in turn, help provide growth to the client.

Client Impact

Our client had put this role on hold for years as they had no luck with alternative recruiting firms. When they saw what our advisors delivered, they jumped on the opportunity, and less than 3 months later, we had filled this role.
Polynt Composites

Our Talent Advisors were engaged to fill a Field Application Scientist role to provide our client with pre-sales and post-sales technical support and expertise to customers around the United States, aiding in the development of the next generation of products and providing expert customer support through troubleshooting and customer interactions.

Client Profile

Our client empowers patients with healthcare data and facilitates participation in biomedical research through the distribution and development of direct-to-patient engagement technology and in-home collections of fully annotated biospecimens, apheresis product offerings, and a suite of biorepository services.

Our Approach

Our recruiters quickly found a customer-facing expert in biotechnology who immediately entered the field to improve customer-business relationships and product retention.

Client Impact

Our client immediately placed our swiftly sourced and excellent candidate in the field to improve customer satisfaction and loyalty. Technical feedback improved over time, and we continue to help our client in placing highly specialized medical technologists and professionals.
Sanguine Biosciences

Available Jobs in the Chicagoland Area

Seeking a Manufacturing Process Engineer for a direct hire opportunity in Lynchburg, OH. Our client provides world-class electronics manufacturing and development services. They specialize in the design, fabrication, and assembly…
Seeking to hire a Process Engineer for a direct hire opportunity in Carpentersville, IL. Our client is a global polymer and resin manufacturer and world leader in the production…
Seeking to hire an Engineering Supervisor for a direct hire opportunity in Lisle, IL . Will help develop and extend the next generation of High-Power connectors and solutions. The role…
We are seeking to hire a Marketing Coordinator for a Contract to Hire role in Chicago, IL (60646). Position Summary:   Coordinates and implements marketing projects with responsibilities that include product…
Seeking to hire a Director of Engineering & Operations in Chicago, IL (60646). Position Summary:   Manages and directs the company’s operational policies, objectives, and initiatives; responsible for improving the performance…
Seeking to hire a Quality Inspector for a contract-to-hire opportunity in Chicago with a metal finishing and plating company that has been in business for over a hundred years. Essential Duties…

Our Chicago Locations

Corporate Office
8755 W. Higgins, Suite 250
Chicago, IL 60631
(847) 825-8000

Sales Office
325 W. Huron, Suite 512
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 951-7300