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Advanced Display Materials Synthetic Chemist

We are looking for a synthetic chemist who is a whiz at synthesis but also wants to get a wide range of experience, and loves learning about physics, chemistry and electronics through a hands-on approach. This individual should:

  • Thrive working in a small, fast-paced team making substantial contributions to the success of their projects.
  • Be experienced with a wide range of synthetic and analytical techniques common in organic chemistry.
  • Be able to work with dangerous chemicals in a safe and responsible way as required.
  • Be able to take a step back and manage a wide variety of tasks across different disciplines.
  • Have strong experience with synthetic organic chemistry, and a familiarity with polymer chemistry. Experience with quantum chemistry calculations is a plus.
  • Be comfortable working through problems and figuring things out with minimal supervision.

At Halion you will play an integral role in R&D and product development, primarily involving development of key specialty materials, and working with other members of the team to help integrate your projects with each of the others.

We're a startup, so we're pretty relaxed about working hours, dress code, etc. We have heard that some candidates think "this sounds great but there's no way I'm qualified..." - we are looking for good people not just good experience! If your skills roughly align with what we've listed below, and you like the cut of our jib, give it a shot.

  • Employee benefits program (dental, vision, etc.).
  • Free 24 hr access to a gym.
  • Free coffee.
  • Flexible work hours.
  • Control over your own project with large impact on final product.
  • Be part of an amazing tech community that has the second highest density of startups in the world.
  • Responsible for managing development of product, including core R&D projects.
  • R&D of core aspects of display material development, from initial design concepts to final products.
  • Design and carry out experiments; collect, analyze and interpret data; drive technical problem solving.
  • Perform bench level laboratory work including synthesis of various display materials, and aiding in the integration of materials into other aspects of the technology.
  • Provide complex design reviews and feedback for improvement in scale-up, helping transfer the technology from lab-scale development to commercial-scale production.
  • Prepare reagents, operate analytical instruments and maintain lab book.
  • Assisting with ongoing experiments and integration of results from collaborations.
  • Write research papers, abstracts, technical reports and SOPs.
  • Train co-op students, contractors or other laboratory personnel; may supervise interns.
Minimum Qualifications
  • PhD in Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Medicinal Chemistry, related field, or equivalent practical experience.
  • Able to legally work in Canada.
  • Excellent written and verbal English communication skills are required.
  • Ability to manage multiple, complex projects and changing priorities, make sound decisions under pressure, and work effectively in a team environment.
  • Ability to rapidly learn new systems and procedures.
  • Deep knowledge of synthetic organic chemistry, and a familiarity with polymer chemistry
  • Experience with Density Functional Theory calculations.
  • Comfortable setting up a new wet lab.
  • Knowledge and experience with Python and MATLAB.
  • 2+ years of relevant industry experience in the display technology industry.
  • Experience with electronics projects.
  • Ability to travel internationally up to 6 weeks/yr.
Instructions to Apply

Do you want to be the very best [candidate], like no-one ever was? If so, please demonstrate the following in your cover letter and resume:

  • You have a bias for action (but you think before you act).
  • You enjoy working on personal projects not related to work (but you know how to manage your priorities).
  • You like technology - past, present and future.
  • You love learning new things, do so quickly, and can easily connect concepts from different fields.
  • You will use the word snazzy as naturally as possible in your application, so we know you read this.
  • You like to solve problems, especially using your creativity and imagination.
  • You are constantly working to experiment and improve yourself, because nobody is perfect.
  • An enjoyment of Star Wars is an asset. Bonus points if you can make a good Wookiee sound.

Our interview process will include up to 3 interviews and reference checks where applicable.

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Starting July-Aug 2019 in Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario