Lead Scientist I - Hops Analytical

Kalsec Inc.
Kalamazoo, Michigan
Commensurate with experience
Closing date
Jun 4, 2022

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Job Details

Essential Job Functions:

  1. Serves as a principal investigator: planning, designing and independently conducting experiments and associated research, development, and applications activities directed toward identified, strategic business opportunities. 
  2. Leads/directs interdepartmental projects.  Schedules and chairs technical planning and review meetings.  Proactively organizes team results.
  3. Routinely serves as a technical resource to the Hops Business Unit Director, enhancing Kalsec®'s technical reputation, while providing customers with advanced technical presentations supportive of Kalsec® business aims.
  • Records experimental observations in a laboratory notebook kept in a sufficient manner to protect Kalsec®’s intellectual property rights.
  • Prepares detailed reports, invention disclosure documents, patent applications, etc., that augment Kalsec®’s technical knowledge base.
  • Serves as a mentor by guiding and training staff, student employees, interns, and/or others performing related work.  Reviews results and the reports of others for distribution or supervisor review.
  • Is aware of the company’s Q.A. policy and objectives, strictly observing these policy provisions in the fulfillment of this job.
  • Keeps abreast of the literature pertinent to current project as well as to scout new technologies.
  • Develops contacts with outside researchers that furthers Kalsec®’s business objectives and multiplies research efforts.
  • Maintains a safe and clean work area, complying with corporate safety and environmental policies.
  • Participates in training programs deemed necessary to either develop job skills and laboratory capabilities or meet company policies and directives.
  • Participates in sensory programs and projects

Specific Job Functions:

  1. Provide expert service in specialized analytical methods.  Maintain working familiarity with a broad array of molecular separation and detection tools (including GC, LC, MS and spectrophotometry).
  2. Independently researches and develops new analytical methodology to innovate both within Kalsec®’s core competencies and beyond.  Lead or assist on transfer of methods, as needed.
  3. Utilize project management and relationship skills to establish positive interactions with diverse stakeholders such as internal/external customers, vendors, and collaborations to advance specific projects.
  4. Identifies new technologies and areas of research to advance capabilities within R&D
  5. Report results of studies and experiments in the form of technical reports and/or memos
  6. Participate in development, validation, implementation, and maintenance activities of R&D and QC analytical methods.
  7. Maintain and service designated analytical equipment.  Obtain assistance from instrument service representatives, as necessary.



  • Ph.D. or equivalent experience in a scientific discipline Experience with a wide range of mass spectrometry techniques Experience with liquid and gas chromatography Experience with analyzing complex biological matrices


  • Experience with multivariate analysis Experience with statistical treatment of data (R, MATLAB, Python, Minitab, Unscrambler) Experience with a broad range of instrument software (Chromeleon, MassHunter, MassLynx, etc) Experience with sample prep techniques
  • Experience with GC-O


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