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Research Associate, R&D, Sustainable Chemicals

Evolved By Nature

Evolved By Nature

Other Engineering
Needham, MA, USA
Posted on Friday, September 8, 2023

 Research Associate, R&D --- Sustainable Chemicals


The Evolved By Nature Sustainable Chemical team is looking for a Research Associate to work with the R&D Sustainable Chemicals team to develop green products for the leather and textile industries. This position will aid in the hands-on work toward development of sustainable coatings and materials that can displace harmful chemicals in commercial products and build change toward a healthier and safer world. This candidate will work alongside scientists on EBN’s proprietary chemistry to conduct research, develop formulations, test EBN materials performance, characterize proprietary novel materials, and analyze performance testing data. Work will include formulation development, methods development, data analysis, leading products through a design control process, with the majority of efforts toward hands-on lab work for the development of new chemical entities and products. The candidate should be passionate about sustainable materials development and broadly interested green chemistry.


·      Execute experimental plans for raw materials and final products

·      Prepare novel formulations and materials for screening as product ingredient candidates

·      Run in-house performance testing methods

·      Characterize materials using analytical and spectroscopic methods

·      Aid in the development of new testing methodology and criteria

·      Manage and analyze data sets and build team understanding around property-performance relationships

·      Prepare technical reports for project team deliverables

·      Ensure accurate record keeping of all research work, generate progress reports and presentations in a timely manner

·      Participate in routine maintenance of lab equipment and other lab responsibilities, such as ordering of materials and supplies as needed

·      Execute known procedures and report out on data



·      Bachelor’s in Chemistry or Material Sciences

·      Proficient with Microsoft office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.)


Skills & Abilities:

·      Strong understanding of experimental design and ability to plan experimental studies to answer research questions.

·      Basic understanding of organic chemistry and interest in engaging problems related to structure-property relationships.

·      Strong organizational skills and ability to manage experimental data sets.

·      Basic understanding of laboratory terminology, equipment, procedures and

·      commitment to safety practices.

  • Basic knowledge of math and statistics.
  • Basic analytical and problem-solving skills. Ability to identify out-of-range results and note unusual patterns.
  • Ability to classify and organize data in a logical and orderly way as well as plan work to ensure timely completion of assignments.
  • Initiates communication to ask questions and share important information and updates.
  • Written and verbal communications skills to discuss test results and observations, keep legible notes.

·      Research experience in polymer chemistry, synthesis, or materials chemistry is a plus

·      Interpersonal Skills: Team player. Able to communicate effectively with other team members across the organization

·      Able to focus on details and trouble shoot issues and problems

·      Strong aptitude for working with scientific instrumentation and mechanics

·      Able to quickly learn new concepts, techniques and practices

·      Experience with protein purification systems is a plus

·      Knowledge of textile chemistry, coatings, and finishes is a plus


Other Requirements:

  •  Able to obtain up to date Covid-19 vaccination status per the current CDC guidelines (full vaccination dose and booster) prior to employment start day.



Evolved By Nature is a green chemistry company out to advance the health of people and the planet. Using its Activated Silk™ technology (natural silk in liquid form), the company is replacing petrochemicals in consumer goods across multiple industries, including apparel, personal care and medical. The company is based in Needham, MA.