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ZeroIN is growing! We have an immediate opening for two (2) Synthetic Organic Chemists.



The Synthetic Organic Chemist role focuses on carbohydrate synthesis and analysis. This exciting role also plays a part in supporting Research & Development on a diverse line of innovative food products that have a positive impact on health and wellbeing around the globe.


ZeroIN is growing! We have an immediate opening for two (2) Synthetic Organic Chemists to join our team.


Job Description

The Synthetic Organic Chemist role focuses on carbohydrate synthesis and analysis. This exciting role also plays a part in supporting Research & Development on a diverse line of innovative food products that have a positive impact on health and well being around the globe. Innovation starts with the focused intention. While we are seeking someone who is familiar with different carbohydrate synthesis methods and willing to experiment with new methods, we are also seeking someone who is growth minded, solution-oriented and passionate about using their skills to make a difference in the world. This might be the ideal opportunity if you are…adaptable, curious, and driven. You view working through intellectual and practical challenges, and making a mistake here and there, as an opportunity to learn and grow. You thrive with a balance of working independently and as part of a connected team. You value the importance of sharing ideas and perspectives without judgment as the key to true innovation. You lead with integrity, always. You enjoy a good laugh with your colleagues, and you seek to collaborate and communicate openly with others. Responsibilities and Duties

  • Design, plan and execute multi-step organic synthesis of new compounds that are suitable for industrial large-scale synthesis, with minimal direction.

  • Review peer-reviewed research literature, patent literature, and propose strategies for the synthesis of novel carbohydrates.

  • Develop practical and scalable methods for the isolation and purification of target compounds.

  • Perform characterization of novel compounds (including stereoisomers) using various chromatography methods including HPLC, GCMS and LCMS, NMR spectroscopy, optical rotation, CD, and physical properties such as DSC and TGA.

  • When applicable, oversee the research efforts of external collaborators; and provide coaching and guidance to junior scientists and interns by leading from the bench.

  • Carry out organic synthesis work for the majority of their time, to deliver project results regularly to achieve R&D program goals.

  • Maintain a complete and accessible laboratory notebook, participating in discussions relevant to the project.

  • Actively participate in the design and development of ZeroIN intellectual property.

  • Organize and present research results.

Required Qualifications

  • Minimum of a Masters in synthetic organic chemistry required; PhD in organic chemistry would be preferred.

  • At least 2 years of hands-on industrial experience in organic synthesis is required, with experience in the chemistry of carbohydrate compounds or oligo-/polysaccharide.

  • Self-motivated and self-directed with a practical, industry-oriented mindset.

  • Proven competency and technical laboratory skills in the synthesis of complex organic compounds and carbohydrates.

  • Thorough understanding and hands-on experience of modern analytical and purification techniques and instrumentation.

  • Inquisitive, creative, and able to problem-solve efficiently and independently.

  • Adaptable person who can thrive in a multi-disciplinary research environment, and understand the importance of delivering results within project deadlines.

  • Demonstrate significant skills in production while adhering to safe laboratory practices and environmental safeguards.

  • English proficiency required (written and spoken); demonstrated mastery at slide presentations and spreadsheets to organize and convey the results of your work. Proficiency in additional languages would be considered an asset.

  • Exemplifies a high degree of professionalism and respectful behaviour, is versatile and adaptable to changes in the startup work environment as the business is undergoing rapid growth.

  • Leads their area of responsibility with accountability to develop and execute their tasks productively and successfully.

Job Type One-year full-time contract with the possibility of extension; located at company lab located in Halifax, NS. ZeroIN Foods is pleased to provide a competitive wage, professional development opportunities and paid vacation days. How to Apply Please attach your resume with a simple note to introduce yourself. Include the heading “Synthetic Organic Chemist Job” in the subject line.

  • Expected Start Date: April 15, 2022

Diversity & Inclusivity ZeroIN Foods is truly committed to creating an inclusive environment and building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. We aim to grow by uplifting everyone who joins us on our journey. We value diversity and recognize that experience comes in many forms and skills are often transferable. If you feel passionate about the work we do and believe that you have the skills to contribute and thrive in this role, we encourage you to apply. While we appreciate expressions of interest in this job opportunity, only those applicants under consideration for the role will be contacted for an interview. About ZeroIN Foods ZeroIN is a food-tech company developing technology to solve one of the biggest problems of modern society: sugar overload. The company is developing a next-generation sugar substitute using an environmentally friendly process technology designed from circular economy principles. About Halifax, Nova Scotia Halifax is one of the most beautiful and historic Canadian cities. Located on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean, there are numerous parks, campsites, trails, and rivers around the city for outdoor activities. City life is also superb. With a population of more than 400,000, Halifax is home to many cultural attractions, museums, art galleries, pubs, and clubs. The city hosts three major universities and many community colleges. The beautiful Annapolis valley, which is home to the highest tides in the world, and mountainous Cape Breton, are within a few hours’ drive from Halifax. Halifax has one of the mildest winters in Canada as well as one of the most pleasant summers, which you can enjoy on the beautiful waterfront boardwalk. Job Type: Full-time Schedule:

  • Monday to Friday

COVID-19 considerations: In accordance with public health measures to control exposure to COVID-19, all personnel working indoors in our workplace must wear a mask within the common areas. Application question(s):

  • Do you have practical lab experience with synthesis and characterization of carbohydrate compounds?

Education: Master's Degree (required)

Experience: industrial chemistry: 1 year (preferred)


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