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Senior Chemist | Envirotech

Samsara Recycling

Samsara Recycling

Australian Capital Territory, Australia · Australia
Posted on Saturday, June 22, 2024
Want to help us in our mission to end the plastic pollution crisis?

Then come join Samsara in tackling one of the planet's biggest problems with big impact!

Samsara represents the coming together of co-founders, the Australian National University (ANU), one of Australia's largest retailers and Main Sequence Ventures, to address a big planetary problem and build the kind of solution the world has been waiting for. Not only will Samsara’s technology play a key role in solving the world's plastic recycling problems and eliminating the production of plastics from fossil fuels, our commercial potential is compelling.

We are a jaw droppingly unique company! Whilst we are an envirotech start-up creating infinite recycling to end plastic pollution, we are also building an incredible place to work. We know that to make the magic happen our day to day working lives and rewards for our efforts need to be unique and exciting for the extra effort put in.

Due to rapid growth and expansion we are looking for a Senior Industry Lead Chemist.

Purpose of the role

As one of our Senior Chemists, you will be responsible for leading R&D projects in the Science team that will deliver R&D projects for our industry partners This will include but not be limited to operating lab scale and pilot scale reactors, conducting routine laboratory tasks and fostering a collaborative and productive work environment. This role requires a PhD in chemistry, with industry experience, strong attention to detail, excellent communication and team management skills, and the ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment.

Key Responsibilities

Leading R&D projects

  • Lead and manage R&D projects to develop new processes and improve existing ones with a focus on analysis of textiles and materials for recycling processing.
  • Independently design and conduct experiments, analyse results, and deliver reports for external industry partners
  • Perform trials of new feedstocks, ensuring systematic evaluation and successful integration into the chemical recycling processes.
  • Conduct thorough analysis of trial data and preparing comprehensive reports on findings to inform decision-making.
  • Supervise junior chemists and laboratory technicians, providing guidance, training, and support.
  • Analyse and refine processes based on trial outcomes to enhance efficiency, yield, and quality of recycled products.

Operating Lab Scale And Pilot Scale Chemical Reactors

  • Prepare reaction mixtures and set-ups.
  • Perform routine operation of chemical reactors, including 2L and 10L pressure reactors.
  • Develop and follow standard operating procedures (SOPs) to ensure proper setup, operation, and maintenance of the reactors.
  • Monitor reactions and adjust parameters as needed to optimize results.

Routine Operation Of Analytic Instruments

  • Perform routine operation, calibration, and maintenance of analytic instruments including HPLC and UV-Vis spectrophotometer.
  • Troubleshoot instrument issues and perform minor repairs as needed.
  • Collect and analyse data generated from instrument runs.

People, Project And Data Management

  • Utilise MS Office Word, Excel, and PowerPoint to organize and manage data.
  • Prepare detailed technical reports, research papers, and presentations for internal and external stakeholders.
  • Communicate results to team members and stakeholders in a clear and concise manner.
  • Foster a collaborative and productive work environment, encouraging professional growth.

The Following Attributes Are Required

  • PhD in chemistry with 4+ years experience in industry.
  • Proficiency in analytical techniques (e.g., GC-MS, HPLC, NMR, UVVis) and laboratory equipment
  • Strong attention to detail and accuracy in data collection and analysis.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills to troubleshoot and optimize complex chemical processes.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively in a fast-paced environment.
  • Proven leadership abilities to manage and mentor a team of chemists and technicians.
  • Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines and prioritize tasks effectively.

We're open to the background and experience of the successful candidate, however the following attributes are preferred:

  • Dye Analysis Expertise: Proven experience in developing methods for the analysis of dyes, covering identification, quantification, and characterization of various dye compounds using colorimetric analysis and spectrophotometry (UV-Visible and infrared spectroscopy), with the ability to interpret complex spectra.

The successful candidate will be a purpose-driven team player who is inspired by an opportunity to have impact in the world. They must deeply believe in Samsara’s purpose and the important role we will play in creating the most impactful recycling company.

What You Might Like About Us...

Remuneration - we offer competitive salaries in addition to the option of owning company shares.

Flexibility - at Samsara, flexible work means that our people are able to achieve work-life harmony. This includes support for how our people maintain health and wellbeing, parent or care for others, study, transition to retirement or pursue personal interests.

Autonomy - you are trusted to work independently, make sensible decisions, ask better questions, adopt techniques to work smarter and do what you say you will do.

Flat structure - we don’t entertain bureaucracy at Samsara! Our people are empowered to use their own initiative to solve problems collaboratively. Communication is fast which means quicker decisions and the flexibility to adapt quickly to changes.

Samsara is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We value diversity and anyone seeking employment at Samsara is considered based on merit, qualifications, competence and talent. We don’t regard colour, religion, race, national origin, sexual orientation, ancestry, citizenship, sex, marital or family status, disability, gender, or any other legally protected status. If you have a disability or special need that requires accommodation, please let us know.

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