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Senior Chemist

Naturbeads is a young startup scaling up a new technology to reduce plastic waste in our environment (

It is estimated that by 2050 there will be more plastics in the ocean than fish. If you, like us, believe that the time to act on this is now, join our company to contribute to reducing plastic pollution and work on a project that will put you in the spotlight thanks to our collaboration with Sky Ocean Rescue.

You will be working closely with the CEO and CTOs of the company to optimize production of cellulose beads and synthesize customized cellulose beads based on our customers’ demand. Due to us being a small startup, the role suits someone who wants to be involved in all aspects of the R&D process, from testing raw materials, to synthesis of beads and test in end-users formulations, to understanding IP, dealing with suppliers, analyse the market, monitor competitors, all the way towards commercialization of our technology. This job represents a great development opportunity for an early career as well as for an experienced Chemist looking for a change from stuffy corporate culture and the ambition to grow into a leading role in a company that has the potential to impact different industries as well as to contribute to saving our oceans.

The ideal candidate will be highly creative in tackling all the problems that a young start up in deep tech faces when translating a technology from R&D to commercialization, and enjoy working in an unstructured environment where every day is different from the precedent. You prefer a flat organization where everyone from the junior technician to the CEO contributes with the best of their knowledge and expertise to the success of the company.

Essential skills

Degree in Chemistry or Material Science

Experience with biopolymers

5+ Experience in inks, paints and coatings, cosmetics, or specialty chemicals industry

Confident in writing proposals, presenting technical and commercial presentations

Great interpersonal skills to deal with colleagues and project partners

Experience in drafting patents a plus

Experience in scale up from R&D to manufacturing a plus

Naturbeads is not and will probably never be a unicorn, but we aim to be part of new, promising breed of startups: The Zebra companies! Zebras unlike unicorns are real. Zebras are companies that want to be profitable and improve society. If you share our interest and goals, we would be happy to hear from you.

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