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Synthetic/Polymer Chemist

Science and Technology
Honolulu, HI (Oahu)

PURPOSE/ROLE:  Oceanit is seeking a Synthetic/Polymer Chemist who will lead a broad range of scientific duties, including new materials development, chemical synthesis, test and evaluation, customer interface, project management, and proposal writing.  You must be an inquisitive, high-energy self-starter, a great communicator, and a superb collaborator.



  • Hands-on execution of chemical, process, and product application experiments relating to new process development, nanomaterial fabrication & testing, and electro-chemistry.
  • Use scientific and engineering principles to develop new materials, processes, technologies and new products in line with the growth strategy of the company.
  • Identify existing or develop new chemicals that best fit performance requirements for new products.
  • Interface with customers, research technical literature, plan and conduct experiments, and lead the activities of junior-level scientists/engineers.
  • Assist in managing various development/prototyping programs. This involves customer interface, planning and scheduling, identifying and purchasing of raw materials.
  • Respond to external opportunities that are in line with the company’s strategy.
  • Provide technical leadership in directing and coaching the technical activities and employees with less experience or as assigned.
  • Develop technical assumptions and costs for annual budget


  • PhD in Synthic or Polymer Chemistry or closely related field
  • Deep understanding of principles and techniques used in chemistry science.
  • At least 2 years experience in an industrial company and/or laboratory that conducts materials development and advanced materials manufacturing.
  • Proven experience in successfully obtaining and executing government research and development funding.
  • Team player, collaborative, self-motivated, results oriented, fast learner who can grasp the essence and can change course quickly where indicated. 
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate technical topics to a wide range of audiences.
  • Strong background in materials science and physical characterization is desired, including methods such as particle size analysis, densitometry, porosimetry, dynamic vapor sorption, and tensile testing.
  • Proven track record of invention, as evidenced by patents and successful new product commercialization preferred. 
  • 3 years industry supervisory experience in the materials science industry. 
  • Expert-level proficiency with laboratory equipment and procedures. 
  • Demonstrated leadership skills, including two years experience as a lead technical contributor.