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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.

Lab Technician

JOB PURPOSE: The Lab Technician is an entry level position which provides support for the products group by preparing equipment and materials for use as well as preparing products for storage or shipment.


  • Transport, de-bulk, and stage raw materials and solvents for use.
  • Dry intermediate and finished chemicals.
  • Package finished products for shipping.
  • Clean, prepare, and maintain equipment.
  • Little latitude for independent judgment.
  • This position will be under direct supervision taking direction from a team leader or supervisor.


  • The lab tech is required to hold a minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent.
  • 0-2 years of relevant experience
  • 5S and proper housekeeping
  • Equipment maintenance
  • Strong teamwork skills
  • Strong time management skills
  • General laboratory glassware
  • Vacuum oven


  • Work will be conducted indoors and outdoors in mostly covered areas.
  • This position will require some lifting up to 50 lbs.
  • 85-90% of work will be standing with some reaching, stooping, pushing, and pulling.
  • A filtered air respirator is required for some situations.
  • This position requires flexible working hours. Some weekends, overtime, and shift work are required.

General Accountant

JOB PURPOSE: The position of General Accountant will play a key role with the finance group. The successful candidate will be effective and experienced in the general accounting function. This position will support various aspects of the financial cycle and assist with creating and analyzing various metrics to aide in operational decision making.


  • Support the Director of Finance with the finance and accounting functions of the Company
  • Assist in the month-end, quarter-end and year-end closing processes
  • Record journal entries and other postings to the general ledger
  • Maintain account accruals and reconcile GL accounts
  • Assist with cost accounting and cost information that management needs to interpret and control current operations and plans for the future
  • Create and maintain accounting schedules
  • Ensure all transactions are in accordance with GAAP
  • Assist with the preparation and completion of the annual audit and corporate tax returns
  • Produce ad hoc financial reports as requested
  • Analyze and interpret accounting information to evaluate operating results for profitability, trends and matters impacting the operations


  • Attention to detail and accuracy
  • Problem solving skills
  • Organizational skills
  • Ability to communicate with all levels of the company
  • Work in a team environment and can work well with others
  • Ability to meet deadlines


  • BS degree in accounting or finance
  • CPA required
  • 3-5 years of general accounting experience
  • Solid knowledge of general accounting procedures
  • Proficient in MS Office (Excel, Access, Word, Outlook)

Materials Analyst

JOB PURPOSE: The Materials Analyst supports the Platform Research group’s R&D efforts and assists more senior level employees through the analysis and characterization of polymers, composites, and base materials.


  • Responsible for analysis and characterization for Platform Research group, and assistance for other groups within the company.
  • Perform tasks such mechanical testing (UTM testing of polymers and composites), thermal characterization (TGA, DMA, DSC), sample preparation, other analytical data collection and interpretation.
  • Assist in carrying out R&D tasks approved by management in a safe and efficient manner.
  • Maintain careful records and produce reports and other documents to meet technology dissemination, patent protection, and/or quality control needs.
  • Maintain skills/knowledge by reading literature, taking courses, and/or attending technical meetings.
  • Summarize results, including data analysis and proposed next steps.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Requires good oral and written communication skills, good time management skills, attention to safety rules and excellent laboratory techniques.
  • Must exercise safe laboratory practices at all times, including safe handling of chemicals, materials and equipment.
  • Must have the ability to use scientific methodologies to analyze data, draw conclusions, and solve problems.
  • Maintains logs, computer data base and other lab documents to record and report test data.
  • Sets up equipment, prepares samples, and performs physical, mechanical, and thermal analyses.
  • Assists in maintaining lab instruments, as well as inventory of analytical lab supplies, and requisitions supply replacement.
  • Follows technical instructions and written lab procedures, complies with lab protocol to assure analytical integrity of the lab is maintained to established standards.

B.S. or B.A. degree in Materials Science/Engineering preferred. Related fields (Physics, Mechanical Engineering) accepted.

Process Development Chemist

JOB PURPOSE: We seek a creative, enthusiastic, and highly motivated process chemist to join our Process Technology Group in Pasadena, CA. The successful candidate will perform various development and scaling tasks related to the company’s olefin metathesis technologies under minimal supervision and with significant independent judgment. Assignments and responsibilities are assigned by a supervisor based on the incumbent’s knowledge, techniques, and abilities.


  • Execute standard laboratory techniques in synthetic organic and organometallic chemistries form bench to pilot plant scale in appropriately designed equipment;
  • Utilize, organize, and interpret data from analytical methods; such as GC, GC-MS, NMR, IR, UV, DSC and/or TGA;
  • Employ screening methods such as kinetics, high throughput, and experimental design to gather data for process design, operating window, and related purposes;
  • Influence and contribute to targeted, prioritized work plans for Process Development approved by management in a safe and efficient manner;
  • Reduce to practice the strategy of Process Development Projects through the enablement of innovative methods and technologies;
  • Liaise with stakeholders to facilitate safe and efficient scaled process transfer;
  • Record, organize, and interpret obtained data correctly and succinctly;
  • Prepare periodic presentations to communicate obtained results to the group and management as appropriate;
  • Maintain detailed records, reports, and other documents to meet technology dissemination, patent protection, and/or quality control needs;
  • Maintain a clean and safe work area at all times;
  • Demonstrate commitment and responsibility to quality, integrity, and ethics;
  • Develop skills/knowledge by working in teams with experienced coworkers, reading literature, and attending relevant conferences for networking.
  • Conduct other assigned duties as necessary.


  • Be highly skilled in Organic and Organometallic chemistry,
  • Possess strong knowledge of chemical purification techniques and methods.
  • Conduct assigned tasks in a guided, yet independent manner, and
  • May manage certain activities of project resources, i.e. reports, consultants, etc. from time to time.


  • B.A., B.S. and/or M.S. degree in Chemistry (or a related field), with 3 to 5 years of relevant development experience, and
  • Have excellent communication skills and good time management skills.

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.

Production Chemist I

JOB PURPOSE: The Chemist supports production by preparing starting materials, intermediates and finished products through the proper use and maintenance of chemical processing reactors, isolation and finishing equipment. The Chemist will lead manufacturing efforts while taking charge of all in-process samples and analyses.


  • Strictly adhere to all company guidelines and safety policies
  • Transport, de-bulk and charge raw materials and solvents for use
  • Dry and package manufactured chemicals for inventory storage and shipping
  • Clean, prepare and maintain equipment
  • Produce accurate and detailed production batch records. Maintain logs, computer data base and other lab documents
  • Synthesize catalysts, ligands, and other chemical products by strictly following written procedures.
  • Set up, monitor and sample reactions. Prepare samples for testing and perform analytical analyses (including NMR & GC)
  • Troubleshoot and maintain lab equipment
  • Maintain an organized and tidy lab based on the tenets of 5S
  • Some latitude for independent judgment
  • Report directly to a Team Leader, Supervisor, Research Chemist, Manager or Director as assigned


  • Requires good oral and written communication skills, good time management skills, and excellent laboratory techniques
  • Must exercise safe laboratory practices at all times including safe handling of chemicals and equipment.
  • A filtered air respirator is required for some situations
  • Operate a forklift
  • Knowledge of TLC, GC, GC-MS, and NMR analysis and data interpretation is preferred but not required
  • Should have experience with detailed recordkeeping in a laboratory notebook
  • This position requires flexible working hours. Some weekends, overtime and shift work are required
  • Follows technical instructions and written lab procedures, complies with lab protocol to assure analytical integrity of the lab is maintained to established standards
  • Work with glass-lined reactors, basket centrifuge, and tumble dryer
  • Assists in maintaining an inventory of lab supplies and requisitions supply replacement


  • B.S. or B.A. degree in Chemistry or a related field
  • 0-5 years of related research experience, including practical knowledge of common techniques and processes used in synthetic chemistry


  • Most of work will be standing with some reaching, lifting, stooping, pushing, pulling, sitting, standing, and additional activities may be assigned to meet the business needs.
  • This position requires lifting up to 50lbs.
  • Work will be conducted indoors and outdoors in mostly covered areas