Senior Analytical Chemist (PhD)

Skokie, Illinois
Commensurate on experience. Excellent benefit package includes health insurance.
Jul 18, 2018
Sep 16, 2018
Field of specialization
Analytical, Materials, Organic, Polymers
Job Type
Full time

CycloPure, Inc., ( is an advanced materials science and technology company that develops proprietary technology that converts renewable cyclodextrins into porous, highly-adsorbent polymer adsorbents that safely and rapidly remove harmful contaminants from water.

We are looking for an experienced, highly-motivated Senior Analytical Chemist to work at our Research & Technology Center in Skokie, IL. This position requires extensive knowledge and experience in mass spectrometry (MS/MS systems) and experience in analytical chemistry, fluid handling, and high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC). Candidates must have a PhD in analytical chemistry, environmental science/engineering or a related field.

This position will involve: 1) developing and running adsorption assays using HPLC and MS detection methods; (2) providing feedback to synthesis team through testing adsorption properties of new polymers; (3) analysis of water samples received from potential customers, and; (4) testing the performance of company’s polymers using actual contaminated water samples.

Responsibilities and Duties

  • Operate and maintain the LC-MS/MS system (ThermoFisher Q Exactive Hybrid Quadrupole-Orbitrap Mass Spectrometer).
  • Collaborate closely with a multi-disciplinary team of organic and polymer chemists and environmental engineers to demonstrate adsorption performance of high-affinity cyclodextrin polymer sorption filtration media.
  • Perform adsorption experiments at trace concentrations and analyze solutions to assess the performance of company’s polymers.
  • Analyze water samples received from partners and customers.
  • Establish and adopt standard analytical protocols for a variety of analytes, especially including organic contaminants and perfluorinated chemicals.
  • Establish non-target screening methodologies for water test applications.
  • Organize and manage large data files and database.
  • Properly document experimental design and procedures, results, and present experimental outcomes at meetings.

Qualifications and Skills

  • PhD in analytical chemistry, environmental science/engineering or a related field.
  • Expert in understanding and experience in the operation of triple quadrupole mass spectrometers.
  • Experience with ThermoFisher Q Exactive Orbitrap system is preferred.
  • Excellent verbal communication and technical writing skills.
  • Ability to work in a dynamic, fast-paced, start-up environment.
  • Ability to work independently as a member of senior scientific team and contribute to collaborative team projects.

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