Analytical Scientist - NIR

Goshen, CA

Posted: 02/07/2024 Industry: Laboratory - Industrial Chemicals Job Number: 41.24DH Pay Rate: 100,000 - 140,000 Experience:

Job Description

Analytical Scientist - NIR

Innovative chemical technology company is looking for an experienced PhD analytical chemist with expertise in Near-IR spectroscopy.  Company is growing and offers fantastic benefits!  If you have experience in method development and/or validation, statistical methods, and like being hands-on in a state-of-the-art analytical environment, this could be a great opportunity for you!

DUTIES:  The Research Scientist will typically report to the Technology Director but may report to another member of Technology Management, as required.  The Research Scientist is responsible for completing assigned research projects focused on the development of quantitative analytical chemistry techniques in support of the business objectives including experimental design and conduct, data analysis, generation of meaningful conclusions and recommendations, and timely report writing. Responsibilities will also include conception and design of research projects and objectives, as well as supporting Management in the development of technology strategy. Supervision of one or more Support Staff can be expected. Direct support of Company Intellectual Property development and Competitive Intelligence analysis can also be expected. The Research Scientist will have a strong personal commitment to safety and be able to succeed in a fast-paced collaborative environment.

  1. Conducts and completes assigned research projects:
    1. Defines research objectives, milestones, and timelines. Defines project resource requirements.
    2. Writes concise research project proposals for Technology Director review and approval.
    3. Ensures project research is conducted consistent with project objectives, milestones, and timelines. Effectively manages project resources.
    4. Effectively communicates progress toward project objectives, milestones, and timelines to Technology Director and Company Management, as required. Recommends, when appropriate, revisions in project objectives, milestones, and timelines.
    5. Analyzes experimental data and generates scientifically valid conclusions and recommendations, as needed, for future research.
    6. Provides timely written reports to Company Management describing progress toward project objectives, milestones, and timelines. Provides timely final project report upon project completion.
    7. Works with Technology and Company Management to identify and pursue Intellectual Property derived from research project results.
  2. Supervises one or more members of Support Staff including direction of daily project activities, data review, coaching and counseling, and performance feedback.
  3. Remains current on relevant scientific literature and intellectual property landscape. Develops and maintains competitive intelligence in relevant areas.
  4. Directly supports Technology and Company Management in defining new research projects and potential new areas for development.
  5. Maintains accurate lab and data records in accordance with Company policies.
  6. Ensures a hygienic work environment, participating in lab cleanliness, organization, and other tasks. Supports and adheres to all company policies on safety, chemical hygiene, and the environment.

**If you’d like to hear more about this opportunity and others we are currently working on, please contact Devin Heffernan at

JO:  41.24DH

Job Requirements

Technical Qualifications:

  • PhD in Chemistry or a closely related field
  • Minimum three (3) years’ experience in a post-graduate research environment
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and validate novel and robust quantitative analytical chemistry methods
  • Extensive knowledge of modern analytical techniques
    • Chromatography (including hyphenated techniques)
    • Spectroscopy
      • NIR (Near Infrared); IR (Infrared)
      • Raman
      • Ultraviolet and visible
      • Fluorescence
      • NMR
    • Quantitative data analysis and computer skills
      • Statistics, including working knowledge of software such as MatLab
      • Multivariate Data Analysis techniques such as Partial Least Squares (PLS) and Design of Experiment (DOE) experience
      • Data reduction techniques such as Principal Components Analysis (PCA)
      • Quantitative Structure Activity Relationship (QSAR would be an added recommendation)
    • Exposure to Machine Learning and Machine Visualization would serve as an added recommendation
    • Knowledge of sugar and carbohydrate analysis
    • Knowledge of modern agricultural techniques and best practices
    • Ability to connect knowledge of plant physiology, biochemistry, and analytical chemistry to track plant health and disease pressure for crops of commercial interest

**If you’d like to hear more about this opportunity and others we are currently working on, please contact Devin Heffernan at

JO:  41.24DH

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