Solugen

14549 Minetta St., Houston TX 77035

Position

Analytical Chemist

About Solugen

Solugen, Inc. is a revolutionary product and technology company seeking to use biology to transform the chemicals industry. Solugen was founded in 2016 and is a post-Series C venture-backed biotechnology company supported by renowned venture capital firms including Founders Fund, FiftyYears, Refactor, Y Combinator, Temasek, GIC, and Bailie-Gifford. Located in Houston, Texas, Solugen is currently scaling up its manufacturing facility to use its chemienzymatic process to manufacture bio-based chemistries for water treatment, agriculture, personal care, and other applications. Solugen currently has 100+ full time employees.

Mission

This individual will report to the Analytical Senior Scientist and assist the Analytical team with experiments and analysis to support the organization’s future R&D, production, and revenue goals. This role will be involved with testing samples from the various R&D teams (enzymology, heterogeneous catalysis, strain development, formulations, process development) on various analytical equipment (HPLC, ICP, GCMS, etc.). He/she will ensure that all sample analyses adhere to strict standard operating and calibration procedures used in the laboratory. This is a hands-on role where the individual’s initiative, laboratory prowess, and energy will make a substantial impact on the company.

Outcomes

Analytical Support:

  • Support daily lab operations such as standard/sample preparation, mobile phase preparation, etc.
  • Assist with running samples from the various R&D groups on the HPLC, ICP, GCMS, etc. with fast turn-around times
  • Manage or assist with inventory of chemicals and consumables
  • Ensure the laboratory is well-stocked and resourced, proactively ordering supplies before inventories run low.
  • Perform a wide variety of technical procedures with minimal direction and supervision
  • Ensure proper disposal of laboratory waste
  • Maintain electronic & paper records and follow protocol for storage

Competencies

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry with 0+ years experience as analytical chemist in a QA/QC or R&D environment
  • Basic knowledge of laboratory analytical laboratory techniques
  • Must be able to prioritize and multitask
  • Ability to communicate well individually and in team atmosphere
  • Computer skills (Word, Excel, and Outlook)
  • Good analytical and troubleshooting skills
  • Good verbal and writing skills

Desired Characteristics:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry
  • Experience with instruments such as:
    • o ICP, HPLC, GCMS, FTIR
  • Basic knowledge of analytical chemistry software e.g. Empower and OpenLab
  • High level of position ownership and engagement