Scientist III - Process Chemistry
Boulder Scientific

Mead, Colorado

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Boulder Scientific Company (BSC) is headquartered in Mead, CO, and is a premier provider of organometallic compounds and other specialty chemicals used in a wide range of applications. BSC is a pioneer and leading manufacturer of metallocene catalysts and co-catalysts that are primarily used to produce metallocene polyethylene, polypropylene and elastomers, but also supplies products into Electronics, Pharmaceutical and Defense applications. BSC operates two sites in Northern Colorado, which include: a main production facility in Mead and a second facility in Longmont. BSC has continuously grown the sales of its products to existing and new customers and expects to continue on a high growth trajectory.

Pay for this role is $108,000-125,000 annually depending on experience. BSC offers medical, dental, vision, flexible spending, and 401(k) with matching. See more about our offerings on our Opportunities page.

Boulder Scientific Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Veterans/Disabled.

Colorado is consistently ranked in the top in the country by national media outlets for its strong quality of life and Boulder Scientific Company is lucky to call the state home. We operate two locations, in Mead and Longmont, in the state's Northern corridor. With the Rocky Mountains as a backdrop, our operations are based in areas that serve as gateways to an abundance of recreational opportunities, from hiking and biking to fishing and skiing. Our close proximity to Denver and Boulder also provides employees with the chance to engage in an array of cultural activities.

The Research and Development department at Boulder Scientific Company has an opening for a Scientist III - Process Chemistry; based in our laboratories in Mead, CO. Salary will be commensurate with experience.

The Research and Development team at Boulder Scientific Company is responsible for developing creative chemical processes to manufacture advanced organometallic and unique specialty molecules. Our team specializes in multi-step complex synthetic chemistry of organic and organometallic compounds using state-of-the-art techniques to produce air-sensitive chemical products. We invent safe, innovative, efficient, and environmentally sustainable methods that enable the scale-up from the laboratory (gram scale) to Pilot Plant (kilogram scale) in our in-house facilities or via third party tolling facilities. All of this work is done on behalf of BSC's customers.

In this position, the Scientist III will be responsible for developing plans and executing activities to identify and optimize synthetic schemes to realize target compounds. The Scientist is the technical lead and is responsible for successfully completing projects by working collaboratively with fellow R&D colleagues, analytical chemists, engineers, and project managers. This is a hands-on position in the laboratory with a high level of independence, autonomy, and intellectual ownership.

Job Responsibilities

  • Leverage a combination of external literature, internal technical know-how, and laboratory experimentation to identify viable synthetic routes to target molecules
  • Plan experiments and coordinate tasks required to fulfill project objectives. Perform multi-step syntheses of organic and organometallic compounds. Acquire and interpret analytical data
  • Drive innovation - identify and employ the latest techniques to achieve project goals (analytical and screening techniques, DOE, and flow chemistry)
  • Lead the technical aspects of development for new products from lab to commercial scale
  • Optimize chemical processes for yield, throughput and cost
  • Champion safe work practices and positively contribute to BSC's safety culture
  • Proactively mentors and helps to develop other R&D employees
  • Demonstrate BSC's leadership qualities, work with a sense of purpose, and is recognized as a driver of ongoing projects
  • Communicate scientific results, write technical reports and present information to stakeholders
  • Work collaboratively in a multidisciplinary team environment
  • Support and troubleshoot processes in BSC's Pilot Plant and Production Facility as part of a cross-functional team
  • Receive initial and annual training in Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA); handle and dispose of hazardous wastes in accordance with RCRA, state and local regulations
  • Ph.D. in Chemistry, with a particular focus on organometallics and/or synthetic organic chemistry
  • Must have at least 5 years of relevant industry experience
  • Solid understanding of organic and organometallic synthesis, including ligand synthesis
  • At least five years of working in a collaborative academic or industrial environment to reach organizational goals
  • Demonstrated experience leading the development and implementation of safe and efficient chemical processes
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Prefer experience working on technical transfer from lab to production
  • Relevant industrial experience is preferred; experience working in a manufacturing environment is a plus
  • Expert knowledge of scientific principles and concepts in at least one the following disciplines: batch manufacturing, process safety, continuous manufacture of pharmaceuticals or specialty chemicals
  • Experience working with sales, business development, marketing, and/or third parties a plus
  • Understanding of intellectual property as demonstrated via published patent applications and/or granted patens
  • Must pass a job-related physical
Work Environment

While performing the duties of this job, the employee will be required to work for long periods at a laboratory hood/bench and will also have extended keyboarding time. The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Proper PPE will be required at all times.

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