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


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.
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.


• 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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