Senior Biologist - Synthetic / Natural products chemist - Scion
Science New Zealand
Rotorua, New Zealand
11h ago



  • Are you a leader? Do you spark initiatives, leading to innovative and sustainable concepts combining biology and chemistry?
  • Can you imagine new ways to create materials with exciting properties through biomimicry?

  • Do you like to invent new solutions and apply them where traditional approaches have failed?
  • Do you thrive on nurturing expertise and providing mentorship into research in biomimicry?
  • Do you effectively communicate and influence creating buy-in with stakeholders?
  • Do you believe in sharing your passion to realize a future for wood and other materials in new sustainable urban environments?
  • If so, then Scion's needs you!

    This position will support the achievement of Scion's impact areas of creating high value engineered timber and manufacturing of bioproducts to enable the development of sustainable new solutions for the wood and manufacturing industries.

    Key responsibilities include :

  • Lead scientific insight and research proposals into the new sustainable timber solutions and author contestable funding applications where necessary to enable this research.
  • Plan and undertake research with a specific focus on the application of functional organic chemicals from renewable biological resources.
  • Plan and carry out experimental investigations of bio-derived organic or synthetic chemicals including characterisation of the functional agents and property testing of the resulting materials.
  • Lead and contribute the writing of work plans and research proposals.
  • Collate, analyse and regularly report results of experimental investigations, including presentations to colleagues and externally.
  • Drive the generation of new IP including preparing reports for IP review and patent shaping.
  • Lead the writing of high impact journal articles, scientific reports, consultancy documents, and conference presentations.
  • What are we looking for? We want a person who is excited to lead, is results-driven and self-motivated; and keen to be hands-on in the lab. You will have :

  • Ph.D. in organic chemistry, biology, synthetic chemistry, biophysics, biochemistry or comparable field and experience in creating and / or applying biomimicry concepts and solutions, with 10 or more years of post-PhD work and / or postdoc experience.
  • Familiarity with the current literature, including strong working knowledge of chemistry / biochemistry of plant biomass and / or bioactives characterisation and biomimicry opportunities.
  • Experience in establishing complex natural product structure-activity relationships. Experience with the synthesis of novel biobased compounds would be an advantage but is not essential.
  • Proficient in the use of methods and interpretation of instrumental chemical analyses, including chromatographic and spectroscopic techniques, or biophysical analysis and biological characterisation of properties.
  • Established and demonstrated an international network of scientific and industrial collaborators including experience securing commercial revenue.
  • Good verbal and written communication skills including good command of the English language, grammar, and punctuation.
  • Ability to write technical reports and to lead journal publication writing.

    Who are we? Scion is home to creative science minds focussing on circular bioeconomy solutions with a vibrant culture. Our goal is to empower employees to pursue creativity, innovation, and excellence in their science delivery.

    With our head office based on the edge of Rotorua's world-famous Whakarewarewa Forest, Scion offers an enviable working environment with excellent work / life balance.

    Rotorua is one of New Zealand's leading tourist destinations owing to its outstanding natural environment and proximity to coastal beaches and inland lakes, native forests, geothermal areas, and volcanic ski-fields.

    To find out more, please view our full position description.

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