Research Associate (Analytical Chemistry)

  • C16 Biosciences
  • New York, NY
  • Sep 10, 2020

Job Description

At C16 Biosciences, we believe that palm oil doesn’t have to be a problem. Our team is building a sustainable and environmentally-friendly alternative to “conflict palm oil,” which relies on tropical rainforest deforestation and emits over 1 billion tons of CO2 into the atmosphere every year. C16 Bio’s technology platform harnesses naturally-occurring biological processes, improved by the latest innovations in strain engineering, fermentation, and low-cost lipid extraction to produce a better kind of palm oil.
C16 Biosciences is looking for a Research Associate who is excited to be part of the development, scaling, and commercialization of sustainable palm oil alternatives. In this role, you will be supporting the development and execution of C16's critical analytical methods to support our R&D program. You will be a critical member of a growing team, with responsibilities ranging from quality testing of lab-generated samples to development and implementation of new methods. Your work will touch all aspects of C16's R&D organization, and your work will provide plenty of opportunities for growth, exposure, and visibility across C16's entire R&D pipeline.
Candidates for this position should possess a BS degree and excellent communication, documentation, and time management skills.

Major Responsibilities

  • Characterization of products and feedstocks using methods such as FAME and TMS derivatization, titration, ion chromatography, etc.
  • Operation and maintenance of the HPLC and GC-MS, including the coordination of samples from different teams and the communication of results to these teams
  • The analysis of oil products for quality and identity, including Oil Stability Index, slip melting point, peroxide value, iodine value, fatty acid and triglyceride profiling, etc.
  • The large scale extraction (20+L) and purification of oil and products
  • The development and implementation of new analytical methods to support C16's R&D work

Minimum Requirements

  • BS in Chemistry or related field
  • Basic knowledge of chemistry and analytical chemistry
  • Experience with HPLC and GC-MS operations
  • Experience with development and implementation of analytical methods
  • Excellent verbal, written, and scientific documentation skills
  • Strong organizational and time-management skills
  • True, proactive team player: As a member of a small team, you will sometimes need to volunteer and contribute to activities outside your responsibilities
  • Independent, inquisitive thinker: You will be asked to present your findings on executed experiments and draw conclusions and recommendations for the broader R&D team
  • US Work Eligibility: While we are interested in every qualified candidate who is eligible to work in the United States. However, C16 Biosciences is regrettably unable to sponsor visas.

Additional Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with programming languages such as Python or Matlab
  • Experience with electronics and hardware platforms such as Arduino
  • Experience and familiarity with microbiology concepts and techniques

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