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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 hr@materia-inc.com or fax to +1.626.584.4271.

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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.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

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.

POSITION REQUIREMENTS:

  • 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.

EDUCATION AND WORK EXPERIENCE:

  • 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.