Research Associate/Sr. Research Associate Chemistry/Biochemistry (193398W-01)

DuPont Industrial Biosciences
Wilmington, Delaware
May 24, 2018
Jun 23, 2018
Field of specialization
Biochemical, Biological
Job Type
Full time

Together, We Can Solve the World’s Greatest Challenges

The solution to many of the most fundamental challenges facing the world today can be found in science. But providing for the food, energy and safety needs of a growing population will require more than science alone. It will require many people working together to devise solutions that improve the lives of people everywhere. DuPont has a rich history of scientific discovery that has enabled countless innovations and today, we’re looking for more people, in more places, to collaborate with us to make life the best it can be.

About DuPont Industrial Biosciences

DuPont Industrial Biosciences comprises an unmatched portfolio of capabilities in industrial biotechnology and bio-based solutions. The unique combination of biotechnology, chemical and material science capabilities allows DuPont Industrial Biosciences to deliver cost-effective products with superior performance and sustainability aspects to a range of industries.  Bringing together the expertise from Danisco, Genencor, and DuPont has yielded a unique combination of strengths in enzyme technology, materials science, and bioprocessing. It’s what powers the innovations to help solve some of the world’s greatest challenges.

The successful candidate will be self-motivated, thriving in a research team environment, and committed to use biotechnology towards commercial and societal impact.  This position will be part of multidisciplinary teams within a large community of chemists, biochemists, molecular biologists, microbiologists, computational biologists, and biochemical engineers.  The individual will be responsible for:

  • Carrying out enzymatic synthesis reactions.
  • Derivatization of enzymatically produced compounds using organic synthesis for use in targeted end-use applications.
  • Characterization of polymers and derivatives by routine analytical methods including; IR, HPLC, GC, mass spec.
  • Characterization of macroscopic properties including; thermal, rheological, and mechanical.


  • B.S. or M.S. in organic chemistry, biochemistry, biology, chemistry, or related field.
  • 2+ Years of laboratory research experience.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of basic synthetic organic chemistry, and preferably also basic biochemistry.
  • Knowledge and skills to conduct organic chemistry and biochemical hands-on experimental work in laboratory, analyze, interpret the data, and suggest modifications.
  • Demonstrated ability to adhere to protocols and produce precise documentation of experimental work.
  • Demonstrated capability to execute computer related tasks using standard software such as MS Word, Excel, and equipment interfacing programs.
  • Thorough knowledge of general safety practices for operating potentially hazardous processes.
  • The successful candidate must be motivated, creative, have strong problem solving and critical thinking skills, and capable of working independently and in a collaborative setting to meet technical objectives and milestones. 
  • Strong record keeping and organizational skills with excellent attention to detail
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills and the desire to work as a bench-scientist within a multidisciplinary team are required.

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