Analytical Chemistry Group Leader

Biobot Analytics
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Competitive market rate, 100% employer paid health insurance, unlimited PTO...
Closing date
Dec 24, 2021

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Job Type
Full time
Salary Band
$125,000 - $149,999
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The Analytical Chemistry Group Leader will be responsible for leading our Analytical Chemistry R&D team and its projects - developing methods for the trace analysis of organic small molecules in wastewater for public health. You will directly manage a team of scientists who will be exploring new research directions, testing and optimizing methodologies, and running pilots with our customers. We need you to develop our team, to put processes in place to ensure success, and to coordinate with the rest of the company, giving the analytical chemistry team’s perspective on products and priorities.

What you will be doing

  • Lead the development of new LC-MS assays in wastewater, guiding a team through all steps of the process including initial exploration, validation, optimization, piloting and technology transfer
  • Manage a small team of scientists at a variety of levels, developing the team through growth opportunities, career mentoring and recruiting.
  • Put in place project management best practices for an agile research and development team, including scoping, timeline development and tracking
  • Work with senior scientists to ensure the technical quality of the group’s work, and identify and lead improvements in group practices and protocols
  • Be the voice of the team, providing technical input and advocating for team needs with company leadership

What you need to succeed

  • PhD in analytical chemistry or adjacent field with at least 5 years industry experience in developing LC-MS assays for trace level detection of organic compounds OR MS with at least 10 years of such industry experience
  • 2+ years people management experience, including with recruiting and professional development
  • 2+ years experience in research project management
  • Strong organizational and communication skills, including with non-technical colleagues
  • Ability to identify trade-offs and, when necessary, say no

What will help you succeed

  • Experience working with commercial teams, product managers and software engineers
  • Familiarity with software tools such as JIRA, Slack, Google Docs suite

At Biobot, we strive to build a workplace in which everyone can thrive. Our goal is to be a diverse team that is representative, at all job levels, of the society we live in. We encourage applications from women; non-binary, trans, and gender-non conforming individuals; Black and indigenous individuals, and people from other minoritized racial and ethnic groups; and other groups traditionally underrepresented in technology startups.

Please note that at this time Biobot is unable to sponsor work visas.

Biobot’s mission is to build resilient and inclusive public health infrastructure by turning our sewers into early warning health observatories. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Biobot pioneered wastewater analysis (based on what is excreted in urine and stool) as a tool for tracking the progression of the virus through communities. We are now the leader in pathogen detection for community-level and building wastewater, as evidenced by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ recent award to sponsor COVID-19 monitoring by Biobot of over 300 hundred wastewater treatment plants representing over 100M people. Since the Company’s  founding in 2017 from a Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) laboratory, we have been building capabilities to combat public health crises like the opioid epidemic, and plan to expand our early warning platform to serve as a resource management hub for disease, nutrition disparities, and more. 

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