Senior Synthetic Catalyst Research Chemist


Job Purpose:

The Metathesis Catalyst Applications Technology (MCAT) Sr. Research Chemist works on olefin metathesis projects related to the company's core competencies.


Key Responsibilities:

  • Devise and carry out independent or team-oriented work plans in a safe manner, approved by management
  • Ability to perform lab work for the majority of the day
  • Be proficient at wet chemistry (synthetic chemistry), interpreting analytical data, able to rationalize results and develop future work plans based on results
  • Maintain careful research records, reports, and other documents to meet technology dissemination and patent protection
  • Maintain skills/knowledge by reading literature, taking courses, and/or attending technical meetings
  • Assist with customer visits and attend technical meetings
  • Maintain a clean and safe work area at all times

Qualifications + Experience:


Ph.D. degree in Organic, Inorganic, or Organometallic Chemistry with 3+ years of relevant experience preferred


  • Experienced in the preparation, purification, and characterization of homogenous air-sensitive catalysts (early/late transition metal)
  • Skilled in the art of standard inert chemistry techniques utilizing a glove box and/or Schlenk line
  • Skilled in design and execution of reaction/catalyst screening
  • Conduct and quantitatively evaluate (GC, HPLC, NMR) small/intermediate scale catalytic transformations (ex: olefin metathesis, cross-coupling, hydrogenation)
  • Routine NMR acquisition and interpretation (1H/13C/31P/19F)
  • High-throughput reaction evaluation/robotics


We spend a great deal of time to ensure Materia is one of the best places to work. We offer very competitive benefits packages, including a collaborative and entrepreneurial environment.

  • Health Care: Comprehensive Medical, Dental, Vision, and Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
  • Insurance: Life and Disability (short-term and long-term)
  • Investments: 401(k)
  • Time Off: Competitive Vacation, Sick Day Allowance, Personal Day Allowance, & Company Holidays