Associate Scientist 2, Process Chemistry (3546)

US-Emeryville, CA /
Manufacturing and Operations – Downstream Technology /
Regular: Full-Time
/ On-site
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The Process Chemistry team is seeking an Associate Scientist 2 to be a be part of an innovative Chemistry group with responsibilities including (but not limited to) the design, synthesis, and purification of novel compounds for use in clean beauty, health, specialty and performance chemicals, applications.  The Associate Scientist 2 will work in teams to develop, implement, and perform organic reactions, including troubleshooting of synthetic routes and reactions, scouting of new synthetic routes, performing high difficulty synthetic chemistry. This individual will help with structural determinations using NMR and other analytical methods and purify synthetic and microbially-derived compounds using a variety of techniques.

A successful candidate will be responsible for performing chemical syntheses, purification processes and rigorous documentation under the supervision of scientists, and engineers.  Experience scaling synthetic and purification processes to pilot or demo scale is a plus. Strong communication skills are necessary for a team environment and working closely with cross functional teams.  Collaboration is key to successfully moving projects forward with safety as a priority for all Process Development activities.


    • Personally responsible for individual as well as co-worker safety and maintaining safety as the highest priority by supporting and reinforcing procedures and policies.
    • Synthesize target molecules using fermentation-derived starting materials.
    • Purify target molecules and impurities using chromatography and other purification methods.
    • Help with the characterization of compounds using modern analytical methods.
    • Follow SOPs and document observable data as well as analytical data.
    • Hands-on performance of laboratory experiments, sample preparation and sample submission.  
    • Training on laboratory equipment and perform equipment modifications when necessary.
    • Generate predictive, actionable data to develop processes and prepare reports.
    • Meet deliverables within specifications and timelines.

Basic Qualifications:

    • Degree in Chemistry or related discipline.

Preferred Qualifications:

    • 2+ years of relevant industry experience is a plus.
    • Experience in laboratory setting, conducting chemical synthesis and purification of natural products and other molecules is a plus.
    • Derivatization of compound using simple chemistry.
    • Perform structural characterization of isolated molecules.
    • Experience with hazardous chemicals and safety assessment using MSDS’s.
    • Team-oriented.
    • Energetic and self-motivated, able to communicate effectively.
    • Embrace Amyris’ Core Values.
Amyris is committed to fair and equitable compensation practices.   

 The annual pay range for this role is $72000 to $98500. 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.
Amyris (Nasdaq: AMRS) is a leading synthetic biotechnology company, transitioning the Clean Health & Beauty and Flavors & Fragrances markets to sustainable ingredients through fermentation and the company's proprietary Lab-to-Market™ technology platform. This Amyris platform leverages state-of-the-art machine learning, robotics and artificial intelligence, enabling the company to rapidly bring new innovation to market at commercial scale. Amyris ingredients are included in over 20,000 products from the world's top brands, reaching more than 300 million consumers. Amyris also owns and operates a family of consumer brands that is constantly evolving to meet the growing demand for sustainable, effective and accessible products. For more information, please visit
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