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We are searching for a Materials Scientist for a San Diego area biotech start-up. The Materials Scientist will lead a cross functional team of engineers and scientists developing gas sensor products. This team will deliver innovative sensor solutions for commercial clients. Candidates should offer a depth of experience across a wide range of scientific subjects, with the ability to think “outside the box” on the materials and system challenges –and drive the innovations into practical systems. This position is in Carlsbad, CA

The successful candidate will develop and execute research and development plans to model sensor-environment interactions, validate models in real-world conditions, and develop sensor algorithms leading to accurate measurement of gas concentrations. They will work collaboratively with experts in chemistry and engineering to gain deeper insights into challenging problems and drive innovative solutions.

Requirements for the Materials Scientist:

  • PhD in Materials Science, Physical Chemistry, or Physics
  • 4+ years experience, preferably some Industry experience but post-docs with strong scientific project management experience will be considered
  • Experience with multi-gas adsorption theory as well as fundamental knowledge of structure-function relationships across a range of materials and mechanisms
  • Experience with both hands-on laboratory operations and computational modeling
  • Able to drive the reduction of mathematical descriptions of system function into practical device algorithms
  • The ability to manage multiple competing priorities, to multi-task and quickly assimilate and pivot when faced with new information
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
Preferred qualifications:
  • Broad experience with a variety of material classes (i.e. ceramics, oxidation-resistant coatings, soft materials like polymers, and bio-based materials)
Responsibilities of the Materials Scientist:
  • Develop and execute research and development plans
  • Generate innovative technical approaches, perform proof of concept calculations, and develop tests or experiments to investigate scientific realism
  • Reduce validated models to practical sensor calibration, compensation, and measurement algorithms
  • Work independently with guidance in only the most complex tasks
  • Lead small teams of multidisciplinary scientists, engineers, and technical support staff to execute tasks/projects within time and budget constraints
  • Document and communicate findings and results, including progress reports, final reports, presentations, and intellectual property disclosures and patent applications
  • Support business development efforts, including cost estimation and preparation of white papers and proposals
  • Work effectively and collaboratively with researchers and support staff at all levels within the organization
  • Manage, mentor, and train lower-level staff.
  • Be technical point of contact on sensor system function and operation, presenting results and recommending future work
Occupational Category: 19-2032 Materials Scientists
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Application Instructions: Please apply using the form or send your resume to Debbie Winkelbauer.
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