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Synthetic Organic Chemist

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Job Summary
We are seeking a Synthetic Organic Chemist to join our team. Candidates must have experience in multi-step synthesis of small molecules and be able to design and develop practical synthetic routes to target compounds. A strong organic chemistry background with the ability to plan and execute complex synthesis is required. 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
  • Plan and execute synthetic projects
  • Work closely with engineering and materials team to execute cross-functional projects
  • Use knowledge of organic chemistry to develop solutions for process improvement and optimization
  • Develop and formulate new products and processes
  • Participate in intellectual property creation

  • Must be able to execute research projects independently
  • PhD in organic chemistry or similar; minimum 3-5 years industrial experience in an R&D setting
  • Must be an expert in at least two of: carbonyl chemistry, alkane oxidation, pyrolysis, esterification, step-reaction polymerization, amine chemistry
  • Must be willing to work with hazardous chemicals and show commitment to maintaining safe working laboratory practices
  • Must be enthusiastic and self-motivated, with the leadership and communication skills necessary to operate effectively in a fast-paced multidisciplinary environment

  • ‘Swiss army knife’ chemist (ability to engage with many different chemical processes and systems)
  • Experience scaling chemical processes
  • Proven problem-solving skills
  • Knowledge of, or experience using, GCMS/LCMS/FTIR/NMR
  • Knowledge of chemical recycling methods