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Lab Scientist (364239)

Located in a city known for its rich technology and innovative leadership, our Boston Research Center sits adjacent to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). The center conducts research in computational reservoir modeling and nanotechnology and develops advanced materials science and separation technology systems.

Basic Function

Conduct laboratory research towards the development of advanced materials for the oil and gas (O&G) industry. Work with senior scientists to make significant contributions to the synthesis/analysis of new materials and technologies (e.g. nanomaterials, polymers, catalysts, etc.) that are applicable to downstream O&G applications. 

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Operate and manage analytical instruments and laboratory equipment
  • Synthesize and characterize materials using a variety of techniques
  • Collect, screen, and analyze laboratory data
  • Apply safety policies in the workplace (with an active role in regular laboratory safety inspections) and upkeep of accurate safety records
  • Keep accurate records of experimental work; provide well-written reports on experimental progress
  • Take responsibility for tracking and stocking laboratory consumables (e.g. chemicals, solvents, and gas cylinders); assist with the specification and installation of new laboratory equipment
  • Perform other miscellaneous related duties as requested

Education and Experience

  • B.S. Degree in Science/Engineering/Physics/Mathematics/Computer Science discipline as appropriate for the area of expertise for the assigned jobs
  • Three (3) year’s work experience in a substantive industrial, technological or laboratory area relevant to the jobs assignment required; One (1) year laboratory research experience preferred
  • Candidates with experience in nanotechnology, analytical instrumentation (e.g. DSC, NMR, SEM, GC/MS), and/or wet lab chemistry experience will be given special consideration
  • Candidate should be comfortable working independently or as part of a project team
  • Experience working in an analytical, polymer, organic and/or inorganic chemistry laboratory environment; air- and moisture-free synthesis and catalytic/membrane testing experience is a plus
  • Working knowledge of analytical instrumentation -especially microscopy/spectroscopy techniques preferred
  • Candidate should be creative and enjoy problem-solving tasks; be self-motivated and have a strong attention to detail; be able to prioritize responsibilities across multiple projects 
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to follow detailed instructions outlined in experimental test plans
  • Excellent steward of experimental records and scientific data 
  • Familiar with laboratory documentation procedures (quality assurance experience is a plus)
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to effectively communicate with colleagues and project leads; be able to contribute to a multi-disciplinary team 
  • Proficient in MS Excel, PowerPoint and Word and have the ability to prepare data and summarize results; experience in statistical analysis and  supporting software (e.g. LabVIEW) is a plus
  • Aptitude for mechanical tasks that require the use of standard shop tools, tube fittings, and other mechanical devices
  • Must be able to communicate and comprehend accurately, clearly and concisely in English at a level required to perform the job as outlined
  • Must possess good work habits, a strong work ethic, and be able to adhere to company work hours, policies, and standard business etiquette


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