Job Summary

We are seeking an R&D Chemist to develop techniques, methods and optimized processes for converting waste plastic to value-added chemicals. The ideal candidate will enjoy working in a dynamic, start-up environment and be able to prioritize tasks to meet company goals. They will also have interests and a willingness to take on relatively undefined challenges, excellent problem-solving abilities, creativity and the ability to work in cross-functional teams.

This is a full-time position in Menlo Park, CA, with a competitive salary and stock options.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Use knowledge of organic chemistry and engineering to develop solutions for process improvement and optimization

  • Develop and formulate new processes in the broad fields of organic oxidation chemistry, decomposition reactions or related chemical recycling methods

  • Participate in intellectual property creation

Requirements

  • Must be able to execute research projects independently

  • Must have experience with one or more of the following: organic synthesis, polymer chemistry, oxidation reactions, pyrolysis, catalysis.

  • PhD in organic chemistry or polymer science or similar; 3-5 years industrial experience in an R&D setting

  • Must have experience with distillation/evaporation/extraction and other chemical wet lab techniques

  • Must be able to follow detailed chemical processes to a high degree of quality and accuracy

  • Must have experience optimizing chemical reactions or processes

  • Must be willing to work with hazardous chemicals and show commitment to maintaining safe working laboratory practices

Assets

  • ‘Swiss army knife’ chemist (ability to engage with many different chemical processes and systems)

  • Proven problem-solving skills

  • Knowledge of, or experience using, GCMS/LCMS/FTIR/NMR

  • Knowledge of other chemical recycling methods