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Materia is always interested in meeting outstanding individuals who share our entrepreneurial spirit, our passion for innovation and our commitment to real-world change.

Please check the following job listing of our current needs. To apply for one of the open positions, please email your resume and salary history to or fax to +1.626.584.4271.

No phone calls, please.

Process Research Chemist

JOB PURPOSE: The Process Research Chemist is responsible for the design, scale-up, and optimization of the company’s chemical manufacturing processes. The role focuses on identifying and scaling new and existing processes; establishing in-process controls to ensure derived products are of high quality and manufactured in a reproducible manner; identifying efficiency, profitability, and safety improvements related to the processing plants that produce the company’s products.


The Process Research Chemist works independently yet draws from Production, R&D, and Engineering resources to devise scaled chemical processes and associated equipment configurations to provide consistent and efficient output levels:

Devise new and refine existing chemical manufacturing processes:

  • Identify, prioritize, and evaluate key scaling parameters;
  • Define process mode, i.e. batch vs. continuous, and operating windows;
  • Plan, conduct, and supervise focused scale-up trials in laboratories, pilot plants, or factories as appropriate;
  • Champion process transfer to scaled commercial operations;
  • Implement process controls and develop “in-process” test methods with the Quality Group to ensure compliance with finished product specifications;
  • Ensure potential and relevant safety issues and activities related to the project operator, the environment, the process, and the product are considered:
    • Process Hazard Analyses;
    • Acute thermodynamic data;
  • Monitor scaled chemical processes and reduce process costs:
    • Compile and analyze relevant historical batch data and outcomes;
    • Debottleneck to improve quality, efficiency, throughput, and/or capacity;
    • Investigate, deconvolute, and resolve commercial scale process issues;
  • Evaluate alternative materials, methods, process parameters, or equipment;
  • Validate improved processes and quantify magnitude of improvement;
  • Develop mass balances, paper processes, and mass flow diagrams to support process transfers, regulatory compliance, and costing activities;
  • Skilled at analytical methods such as GC, GC/MS, NMR, IR, UV, DSC, and TGA;
  • Read and write technical reports, literature, and presentations and maintain records;
  • Initiate and document ideas based on reading, work activities, and networking;
  • Conduct other assigned duties as necessary.


  • Independent chemical process scale-up experience.
  • Experimental design, statistical analysis, or simulation software skills a plus.
  • Continuous and/or heterogeneous process experience desirable.
  • Demonstrated ability to successfully:
    • Balance multiple projects both independently and in cross-disciplinary teams;
    • Manage reports on assigned projects.


  • Ph.D. in Synthetic Organic, Physical Organic, or a related field.
  • 3-5 years of independent project scaling and implementation management experience.
  • Excellent oral and good written communication and time management skills.
  • Develop skills/knowledge through reading, courses, or technical meeting attendance.
  • Must exercise safe and good laboratory practices at all times.