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 production (10KTA - Bioforge) and 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:

  • Assist with running samples from the various R&D groups on the HPLC, ICP, GCMS, etc. with fast turn-around times
  • Troubleshoot equipment when necessary
  • Perform a wide variety of technical procedures with minimal direction and supervision
  • Assist with data analysis and deliver results to the appropriate team on a timely fashion
  • Manage inventory of chemicals and consumables
  • Support daily lab operations and ensure that the laboratory is well-stocked and resourced, proactively ordering supplies before inventories run low.
  • Ensure proper disposal of laboratory waste
  • Maintain electronic & paper records and follow protocol for storage

Competencies

  • Master’s degree in chemistry +2 years of relevant industry experience in analytical chemistry or Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry with 3+ years experience as analytical chemist in a QA/QC or R&D environment
  • Good knowledge of laboratory analytical testing procedures and specific lab equipment required to perform quality testing
  • 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:

  • Master’s or Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry
  • Required experience with instruments such as:
    • o ICP, HPLC, GCMS, FTIR

  • Good knowledge of analytical chemistry software e.g. Empower and ChemStation
  • High level of position ownership and engagement
  • Experience in the fields of Fermentation Technology and Catalysis is a plus

  • Solugen is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other legally protected status.