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Staff Scientist, Organic Synthesis

  • Job
    Senior & Expert Level
  • Research & Development
  • $60.3K - $150K
  • Toronto
  • 18d left


  • Five (5) to 10 years of experience (inclusive of PhD and/or post-graduate work) in accelerated research and development in the area of organic synthesis, organometallic catalysis, and computational
  • Experience working closely with a Principal Investigator or as a Principal Investigator or as Project Director with responsibilities of managing, developing and executing a major research project in the area of AI and automation, including hardware integration for automation, high throughput experimentation for dataset generation, AI utilization in experimental planning, and workflow establishment for seamless integration of experiments and simulations.
  • Strong experience and expert knowledge of AI and automation
  • Experience with overseeing the activities of a lab.
  • Experience working with industry partners and on industry led research and development projects.
  • Strong experience presenting research at academic conferences.
  • Demonstrated record of academic and/or research excellence
  • Must have a strong scholarly publication record.
  • Skills:
  • Proficient in general organic synthesis skills, air and/or moisture sensitive techniques, and common analytical instrumentation.
  • Skills in electronic/hardware-oriented programming and machine learning
  • 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 writing and preparing manuscripts, presentations, reports, briefs, and scientific abstracts and manuscripts for peer-reviewed journals.


  • Organic small molecules expertise
  • Multi-step synthesis and purification of complex small molecules
  • High-throughput organic synthesis, purification, and processing
  • Characterization of small molecules using a variety of techniques
  • Enabling synthetic technologies (e.g., flow chemistry, photochemistry, electrochemistry, etc)
  • Additional expertise that is desired (but not required):
  • Artificial intelligence / automation expertise
  • Machine learning to accelerate the discovery of molecules and materials
  • Robotics and automation
  • Experimental planning and design/optimization
  • Programming and high-performance computing.
  • components and duties of the work can include:
  • 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 SDL plans to 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:
  • Working independently to develop research programs that leverage the AC’s SDLs and supports the research objectives of AC 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:
  • Managing the research and development projects of AC’s industry partners when implemented in AC labs.
  • Developing plans supporting research collaborations 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 preparing and submitting research proposals to granting agencies and progress reporting.
  • Preparing manuscripts for submission to peer review 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 Annual Symposium

Mission & Purpose

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