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Senior Scientist, Analytical Chemistry

Company: VitaKey Inc.
Location: Cambridge
Posted on: January 16, 2022

Job Description:

Senior Scientist, Analytical ChemistryVitaKey is an exciting start-up using a proprietary technology for encapsulating micronutrients and probiotics to improve the nutritional value of foods and beverages to better human health. We are seeking innovative and motivated scientists and engineers to be part of the initial growth of the company. Learn more about our company on our website at
Role SummaryResponsibilities will involve establishing analytical approaches for nutraceuticals, vitamins, probiotic metabolites, polymers, food additives, and formulations for both raw materials and final formulation products. Responsibilities will also include the establishment of an analytical laboratory that provides characterization to guide formulations development and customization expertise utilizing a validated platform technology for encapsulating nutrients and/or probiotics. You will serve as a team member and/or team leader on project teams. Projects will be highly interdisciplinary, at the intersection of engineering, biochemistry, materials science, food science and nutrition.
Duties and Responsibilities

  • Conduct analytical method development and method validations on active ingredients, excipients and final product
  • Design product stability analysis protocols and execute the stability study
  • Perform physicochemical characterization utilizing HPLC/UPLC, GC, UV-VIS, FTIR, Particle Size Analyzer and other analytical equipment
  • Conduct analytical instrument calibration, maintenance, trouble shooting, and laboratory facility upkeep
  • Work with external partners for raw materials selection and characterization
  • Develop purification approaches to isolate compounds of interest from raw materials
  • Conduct analytical related technology transfer to CROs and CMOs
  • Work with fellow scientists within the group and with external laboratories, and present ideas and results. May mentor and direct other scientists
    • MS or Ph.D. with a minimum of 2-5 years of experience in academia or industry in analytical chemistry
    • Experience working with professionals from formulation science, chemical engineering, bioengineering, pharmaceutical sciences, polymer chemistry, food science or allied disciplines
    • Experienced professional with 2-5 years of relevant hands-on technical domain expertise and record of industry achievement is a plus
    • Experience generating and interpreting experimental data
    • Demonstrated record of successfully executing complex projects in a related field
    • Entrepreneurial and self-motivated work style
    • Excellent cross-disciplinary skills in communicating scientific ideas to non-scientist stakeholders to foster collaboration and deliverable-based teamwork
    • Startup experience is highly valued. Ability to adjust rapidly to changing scientific priorities and technologies

Keywords: VitaKey Inc., Cambridge , Senior Scientist, Analytical Chemistry, Other , Cambridge, Massachusetts

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