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Director of Material Development

Company: ZymoChem
Location: San Leandro
Posted on: September 20, 2022

Job Description:

About ZymoChem ZymoChem is re-imagining how to make some of our favorite everyday products without polluting the planet. Motivated by the enormous carbon footprint and vast amount of trash from the fossil-based materials produced by century-old technologies of the 'traditional' chemicals industry, ZymoChem's mission is to create plant-based, hero materials that enable a sustainable future. We are realizing this vision by pioneering low-cost fermentation-based production of chemicals coupled with advanced materials development technologies.ZymoChem has raised > $20 million to-date that includes funding from premier domestic & international venture capital firms, multiple government awards - most recently two ARPA-E awards - and partnerships with world-leading chemicals companies. Tripling in team size since mid-2021, we are still growing and filling multiple roles (). We seek candidates who are motivated by science & innovation and have a passion to push the boundaries of materials performance. We are collaborative, multidisciplinary, and relentlessly committed to creating a chemicals & materials industry in tune with the 21st century. If this sounds exciting, we want to hear from you. The Opportunity ZymoChem is seeking an Associate Director / Director of Material Development to immediately join and contribute to the company's R&D for the manufacturing of high-performance products. This position will lead the team focused on bench-scale development, characterization and scale-up for production of initially our polymeric materials, expanding into other biomaterials in the near future. The role will coordinate with CMOs and other organizations to oversee pilot-level scale-up endeavors as well as all outsourced efforts. Responsibilities Manage, mentor, and train employees to drive success for polymeric material research and engineering team Provide technical guidance for development of chemistries and processing methods for the production of polymeric materials at bench-level and for scale-up efforts Lead development of other biomaterials as the material portfolio of the company grows Routinely partner with the company's other R&D groups, bioprocess development, product development and analytical teams, company management, and external collaborators Work with project management partners to manage functionally integrated project timelines, work plans, interdependencies, and budgets Work to establish integrated workflows and solutions, build out the company's core competencies by introducing new technologies, identify technology bottlenecks plus drive for their resolution, and expand the company's IP strategy by adding to its IP portfolio Summarize complex technical information from different technical groups into more simplified communications Manage project milestones, KPIs, and align status of upcoming deadlines with company management & external parties needs and expectations Coordinate with external vendors, CMOs and collaborating organizations to oversee the execution of process scale-up campaigns and manufacturing efforts Qualifications PhD in polymer science, chemistry, chemical engineering, materials science, or a related discipline A minimum of 10 years industry research experience, including at least 5 years managing scientists and research associates Experience in independently managing teams and projects, with a comprehensive understanding of the various stages of R&D and scale-up, and their unique needs is preferred Expertise in polymer chemistry as well as in the production & processing of polymeric materials is essential, experience leading scale-up of polymer processing is highly desirable Previous experiences with surface functionalization and/or modification of polymeric materials is highly desirable Direct work with and exposure to bio-based polymers and/or water-soluble polymers; experience with microbial production of polymers is a plus Broad knowledge base of the state of the art and relevant IP landscape Adaptable, self-motivated and curious, excited to build teams and infrastructure in a fast-growing company Benefits Full-time opportunities at ZymoChem come with: Competitive salary Benefits package that includes company stock options, 401(k) option, and employee medical, dental, and vision healthcare coverage Additional benefits including dependent healthcare coverage, FSA, commuter, and supplemental life insurance Flexible time off policy with 15 days paid vacation days per year and 10 paid company holidays per yearZymoChem offers full-time employees a competitive base salary, a comprehensive benefits package, and a company culture that's collaborative, multidisciplinary, and committed to a big vision for positively impacting the world. We seek candidates who are motivated by our mission and are equally passionate toward pushing the boundaries to build a sustainable future. This position will be based in the Gate 510 technology hub in San Leandro, CA, and ZymoChem may agree to offer relocation assistance for this role. Located in the vibrant East Bay area of San Francisco, Gate 510 is a state-of-the-facility with many in-house and nearby amenities.If this opportunity sounds exciting and aligns with your career aspirations, we want to hear from you!_Legal authorization to work in the United States is required. ZymoChem may agree to sponsor an individual for an employment visa immediately or in the future if there is a shortage of individuals with particular skills for this job. In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States, and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire._Job Type: Full-time

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