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Research Technician 22 views

Chicago, IL

Nature’s Fynd is a groundbreaking food tech company born out of NASA-supported research on extremophiles in the geothermal pools of Yellowstone National Park. Our novel fermentation technology produces a sustainable source of complete protein using only a fraction of the resources required by traditional agriculture. As the challenge to feed the world’s expanding population grows, our mission is to create amazing foods and materials that provide sustainable choices and nurture the planet.
We’re looking for passionate, driven, and ambitious people to join our fast-growing team.
Our investors include premier venture capital firms (Softbank’s Vision Fund, Blackstone Strategic Partners, 1955 Capital, Generation Investment Management led by Al Gore, and Breakthrough Energy Ventures led by Bill Gates) as well as two of the world’s largest Food & Ag companies (Danone and ADM). With our latest $350M in Series C financing, we are continuing in our ambitious growth trajectory to revolutionize the field of sustainability and have global impact.
We are looking for an Research Technician with experience in materials / textiles who will play a critical role in bringing world-changing technologies from the lab to commercialization and scale. This role is based in Chicago with near-term travel to Bozeman, Montana, and a target start date in Sept/Oct 2021. There will be competitive compensation commensurate with experience.

Position Responsibilities:

  • Ability to run wet chemistry formulation work and run basic stoichiometry calculations
  • Execute a variety of experiments using lab fermenters and shake flasks, under the supervision of the principal scientists, with detailed written instructions
  • Monitor the details of experiments and notify scientists if the process deviates from normal or expected values
  • Conduct routine biological measurements using specific equipment
  • Record results using a laboratory notebook
  • Input data as determined and export data from dataloggers per SOPs using standard computer applications
  • Prepare media for experiments
  • Plan/organize daily tasks based on provided experimental schedule
  • Maintain work area and equipment to be clean, safe, and functional
  • Keep up to date with the textile and leather chemistry literature, work with in-house experts around cutting-edge research, and apply knowledge to new iterations of the material
  • Work closely with cross-functional talent from the Research and Development, Business, and Manufacturing teams
  • Apply basic principles of (Bio)chemistry to develop new innovative materials
  • Provide support to analytical and research and development teams
  • Establish quality, performance, and sustainability standards in the laboratory
  • Experience with spray systems is a plus
  • Experience:

  • Bachelors degree in Chemistry / Biochemistry, Materials Science, or related field of study
  • Experience working on applied chemistry within the textile or other biomaterial industry; experience in textile processing (preparation, dyeing, finishing), manufacturing, supply chain, or product management a plus
  • Demonstrated success working cross-functionally across engineering, marketing, business development
  • Hands-on experience with analytical techniques and methodologies, e.g., FT-IR, UV/Vis Spectrophotometer, optical microscopes and various wet chemical methods
  • Computer skills in data spreadsheet, work processing, and PowerPoint presentation programs
  • Knowledge and hands-on experience in fabric testing and standard methods (ISO, ASTM) preferred
  • Personal Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated ability to work in a team focused environment
  • Ability to quickly ramp up on technical and industry knowledge
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Strong project planning, organization, and time management skills
  • Emphasis on personal transparency and accountability
  • Comfortable working in an action-oriented, start-up environment
  • Sound judgement when faced with uncertainty and ambiguity
  • Self-motivated by problem solving and inherent curiosity to understand how things work
  • Benefits:

  • Comprehensive health care benefits and 401K 
  • Competitive compensation commensurate with experience
  • Opportunity to join a company with an aggressive growth trajectory that will revolutionize multiple industries
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