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Staff Research Scientist, Organic Synthesis, TERM 2 Years

  • Job
    Junior, Mid & Senior Level
  • Research & Development
  • Toronto
  • 19d left


  • Education – Ph.D. engineering, chemistry, physics, computer science, or related discipline
  • Experience:
  • 1 to 5 years of experience (inclusive of PhD and/or post-graduate work) in accelerated research and development with demonstrated academic and research excellence
  • Experience working with industry partners and on industry lead research and development projects.
  • Expert knowledge of AI and automation and experience with the development of self-driving laboratories
  • Experience presenting research at academic conferences.
  • Skills:
  • Strong and effective communicator in oral and written English
  • Collegial in working with team members and collaborators.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Other:
  • Must have a strong publication record.
  • Demonstrated success in the writing and preparation of manuscripts, presentations, reports, briefs, and scientific abstracts and manuscripts for peer-reviewed journals.


  • SDL and Automation Development:
  • Working with the AC community, including faculty and partners, to determine the required capabilities of the SDLs to be built. Developing the plans for SDLs that will meet user requirements and designing novel instruments for automated material synthesis and characterization. Developing customized hardware and Python software packages to build SDLs. Selecting, procurement, and installation of the equipment required for SDLs.
  • Research Direction:
  • Develop research programs that leverage the AC’s SDLs and support the research objectives of C faculty and industry partners. Using SDLs to synthesize and characterize large quantities of candidate molecules, calibrating theoretical models with experimental data, predicting promising candidates with computational tools and machine learning algorithms, and elucidating structure-property relationships of emerging molecules, polymers, solid-state materials, formulations, etc.
  • Tasks include:
  • Implementing research and development projects of AC’s industry partners when implemented in AC labs.
  • Developing plans that support research collaborations and planning and estimating financial resources required for programs and/or projects.
  • Working with Product Managers to ensure research outcomes meet partner requirements.
  • Promoting AC’s research capacity, including delivering presentations at conferences.
  • Collaboration in the preparation and submission of research proposals to granting agencies and progress reporting.
  • Preparing manuscripts for submission to peer-reviewed publications/journals and stewarding them through the process.
  • Other:
  • Supporting consulting services related to the application of SDLs for materials discovery for the AC’s partners.
  • Support research-focused events such as the Annual Symposium

Mission & Purpose

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