Scientist 1 - Process Chemistry/Organic Chemist (3710)

US-Emeryville, CA /
Manufacturing and Operations – Downstream Technology /
Regular: Full-Time
/ On-site
At Amyris, we value that everyone’s career journey is unique and authentic to who they are. If this role excites you, we encourage you to apply and grow alongside us! You may be just the right candidate for this or other open roles.

The Process Chemistry team is seeking a Chemist with experience in the scale up and scale down of chemical synthesis and purification processes. This position requires experience in synthetic organic chemistry, solvent extraction, ion exchange, adsorption/desorption, filtration and crystallization. A successful candidate will be able to utilize various analytical techniques such as NMR, GCMS, GC-FID,
LCMS, and GPC generating data to characterize impurity profiles as well as identify molecular and surface interactions for the synthesis and purification of target bio-derived products. It will be necessary to interpret data through risk assessment for scale up of processes and ensure they can meet projected volume requirements, product specifications and customer expectations. Strong communication skills are necessary to provide recommendations along with supporting data to cross-functional teams.

Collaboration is key to successfully moving projects forward with safety as a priority for all Purification and Chemical Process Development activities.


    • Personally responsibility for individual as well as co-worker safety and maintaining safety as the highest priority by supporting and reinforcing procedures and policies as part of a safety first culture.
    • Application of chemistry concepts to chemical synthesis, purification process design, problem solving, and development based on best practices.
    • Characterization of bio-derived process streams, determine fate of impurities including mass balances for unit operations.
    • Design experimental plans to generate meaningful data for process solutions and predictive models.
    • Hands on performance of laboratory and piloting equipment.
    • Develop scale up and scale down processes for evaluation and process optimization.
    • Generate SOPs, Reports and Technology Transfers.
    • Meet target deliverables within specifications and timelines.
    • Provide process strategies and communicate success probabilities to stakeholders.

Basic Qualifications:

    • Ph.D. in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, or related discipline.
    • 1+ years of relevant industry experience.
    • Proven experience with chemical synthesis purification techniques including column chromatography, ion-exchange, filtration and crystallization.
    • Experience developing scalable processes, including tech transfers to pilot scale and manufacturing.
    • Experience with predictive modeling of scale down processes.

Preferred Qualifications:

    • Team oriented, self-motivated, able to communicate effectively with excellent documentation skills.
    • Embrace Amyris Core Values.
Amyris is committed to fair and equitable compensation practices.   

The annual pay range for this role is $121500 to $150500. Salary offers are made based on internal equity and market analysis, and will vary based on the candidate’s skills, depth of experience and specific work location.  

Amyris is committed to providing a diverse array of inclusive benefits and perks to support employees and their families’ wellbeing including access to robust healthcare, mental wellness benefits, family leave, discounted fitness memberships, education reimbursement, generous product discounts, flexible paid time off, 17 paid holidays, 10 paid sick days, and additional paid time off including 3 volunteer days, and bereavement. Sabbaticals are available after 5 years of continuous employment with Amyris. 


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At Amyris, we believe that diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEIB) is essential to our core values. We embrace and encourage an equity-minded work culture, knowing that it is the driving force of innovation that positively impacts our employees, consumers, and communities. And for Amyris, a sense of belonging is what drives our mission forward and is the foundation of everything we do, ensuring a healthier, more sustainable future for us all. Make Good, No Compromise.
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