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Senior Research Scientist, Discovery

Research & Development – Boston , Massachusetts
Department Research & Development
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Experienced

Position Overview

Living Proof is seeking a Senior Research Scientist to support Discovery activities for new product development in hair care.  This position will report to the Principal Scientist.  This is a paid, full time, position based in Boston, MA.  Immediate start date ideal.


  • Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry, Polymer Chemistry, Materials Science, Chemical Engineering or a related discipline.
  • 3+ years industry or equivalent experience in the synthesis of novel small molecules or polymers, surface functionalization strategies, the development of emulsion-based delivery systems, and related materials development.

 Relevant Skills and Experience

  • This position requires the successful candidate to be an adept, hands-on chemist with extensive experience with small molecules and polymers, protein biochemistry, materials modification and characterization, and formulation development.
  • Fundamental understanding of reaction mechanisms, kinetics, and catalysis
  • Experience with protein synthesis, purification, and functionalization is preferred
  • Understanding of materials synthesis and characterization, including TGA, DSC, FTIR, Raman spectroscopy, AFM, SEM, and mechanical testing.
  • Understanding of structure-property relationships and utilization towards application development
  • Experience in reaction separations and purification
  • The ability to work in a team-oriented environment that embraces change, risk, and flexibility is needed. 
  • This individual must be capable of handling multiple projects/tasks at the same time. 
  • A demonstrated ability to work independently and within a team with sense of urgency against timelines is needed.
  • This individual will have the potential to lead technical aspects within project teams. 
  • The successful candidate must have excellent verbal and written communication skills.  
  • A passion and enthusiasm for innovation will be an asset. 
  • Proven problem solving skills and good interpersonal relationship and people skills will be needed.
  • Track record of successfully translating end user needs to technology development endpoints.


The Senior Research Scientist will contribute to the innovation pipeline and be responsible for designing and developing new materials for hair care applications from concept through product launch. The Senior Research Scientist will play a key role in a multidisciplinary team of scientists, and identify materials performance design targets through collaborations with Discovery team scientists and industry experts to address unmet consumer needs. 

  • Key responsibilities will include: Materials design based on target in vivo performance criteria.
  • Hands-on chemical synthesis, modification and scale-up.
  • Development and validation of materials synthesis, characterization, and performance evaluation protocols.
  • Design of experiments.
  • Critical review of literature to identify state of the art technology applications.
  • Collaborate with Discovery members and cross-functional teams
  • Presentation of technology to the team.
  • Strong organization skills, attention to detail and analytical skills.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
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