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Green Chemist

TURI is hiring an innovative green chemist to help advance its groundbreaking work to protect human health and the environment. The person holding this position will have the opportunity to think creatively, helping advance innovation into safer alternatives to toxic chemicals and materials. This position will work with key TURI staff, researchers, businesses and public interest organizations to identify, develop and implement solutions to protect workers and communities. These solutions include opportunities to reduce the use of toxic chemicals as well as finding safer alternatives to incumbent technologies with intrinsic hazards. The successful candidate will play an important role as TURI develops and implements a new strategic plan. 

The Green Chemist works to reduce the use of toxic chemicals in products and manufacturing processes by identifying, developing, and analyzing safer alternatives to those chemicals, and working with key partners and stakeholders to advance the adoption of safer alternatives.

Job Description

To learn more and to apply, visit the UMass Lowell Human Resources website.

Essential Job Duties:

  • Research and develop safer alternatives to toxic chemicals by applying green chemistry principles.
  • Design, conduct, and perform laboratory experiments to evaluate performance of safer alternatives; oversee any students assisting with testing.
  • Analyze lab data and document results. Maintain written and electronic records about progress of research performed. Summarize work for case studies and other publications. Assist with alternatives assessment reports.
  • Work with businesses to propose, test, and implement green chemistry and toxics use reduction solutions.
  • Ensure compliance with laboratory health and safety guidelines, including materials ordering, storage, and use; equipment function and sterilization; and proper waste disposal.

Minimum Qualifications (Required):

  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field, including chemistry, engineering or environmental science
  • Strong interest, education and/or work experience in green chemistry
  • Strong written and oral communication skills, including the ability to communicate to both technical and lay audiences
  • Proficient at researching new topic areas via internet searches, literature searches, and outreach to experts via phone/in person/virtual meetings
  • Ability to analyze, categorize, and summarize data from multiple sources
  • Experience in designing and conducting laboratory experiments

Preferred skills and qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in chemistry, chemical engineering or other related field
  • Significant experience in green chemistry, research and development
  • Familiarity with alternatives assessment methodologies including assessing for performance, cost and hazard
  • Demonstrable innovativeness
  • Familiarity with chemical laws and policies
  • Experience working with industry

To learn more and to apply, visit the UMass Lowell Human Resources website.