Formulation Chemist and Product Development Scientist 

  • Scientist
  • Looking for a Material and Chemical Engineer and Product Development Scientist
Lab Website: comotion-labs-life-sciences-incubator

Seattle, WA, USA


Description:

SunFly Brands, Inc. (SunFly) is an SBIR Phase I awardee from the National Science Foundation and has just been recommended for funding for Phase II funding to complete development of an SPF Indicator for sunscreens. The Sun Stamp contains a UV-sensitive ink that is stamped onto skin, sunscreen is applied over it, and it will indicate by changing color if a user has applied enough sunscreen and when to reapply. SunFly is currently in discussions with the top 3 leading U.S. sunscreen brands and 2 of the 3 leading global brands who see our technologies potential to better protect their customers while driving sunscreen consumption and sales up to 4x.
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This position will be primarily responsible for the research, formulation and validation of our cosmetic ink as well as matching the ink system to a suitable stamping/applicator system according to specific performance and shelf-life criteria. Ideal candidates will have a strong background in formulation chemistry and analytical spectroscopy with 4+ years of lab experience (including corporate and academic work) and exhibit a proactive, goal-oriented, and independent work ethic. The candidate will work closely with the CEO/PI of the company and a more junior chemist and attend weekly technical calls with the Technical Team (CEO/PI, COO, CSA, Chief Engineer and Chemist) to report out findings and collaboratively define the product roadmap and timelines. Startup experience is a big plus.


Responsibilities:

• Overall Project Management of all technical development activities at SunFly.

• Participate collaboratively with Technical Team in the design, creation and periodic updating of SunFly’s detailed R&D Roadmap and Timeline.

• Achieve agreed upon technical milestones or – where appropriate – adjust milestones and conduct research and development to advance SunFly’s technolofies per the R&D Roadmap.

• Anticipate technical roadblocks and surface plans to address them.

• Maintain a startup mentality, sense of urgency and exhibit proactive and creative problem-solving skills.

• Interface with SunFly staff, consultants and strategic partners on technical matters.

• Management of SunFly’s R&D budget to prevent cost overruns and anticipate changes in funding needs.

• Document and report out on NSF grant billables including materials, equipment, usage fees, etc.

• Participate in weekly SunFly Team update meetings and provide written progress reports as needed.

• Ordering supplies and recording usage of equipment as needed.

• Approval of timesheets for student and staff billable hours to SunFly.


Qualifications/Preferred Skillsets:

• Must have 4+ years wet lab experience

• Must live in, or be willing to relocate to, the Seattle area (relocation costs not provided)

• Must be authorized to work in the U.S.


Something about the PI: Michael Croix is a serial inventor and entrepreneur. He was PI and a Phase I SBIR grant from the National Science Foundation and is expecting a Phase II award from NSF which will fund this position.

Salary: $80K - $100K based upon on experience. Generous stock option package and 2-weeks paid vacation per year.
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