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Method Development Chemist

Redwood Materials

Redwood Materials

McCarran, NV, USA
Posted on Thursday, March 21, 2024

About Redwood Materials

Redwood Materials was founded in 2017 to create a circular supply chain for electric vehicles and clean energy products, making them more sustainable and driving down the cost for batteries. We’re doing this by developing and deploying new technologies to increase the scope and scale of recycled and sustainable materials in the global battery supply chain.

Role Overview

Redwood Materials is looking for an experienced Method Development Chemist to drive the development and implementation of industry standard and novel test methods for the Redwood Materials Analytical Laboratory. The Redwood Materials Analytical Laboratory supports routine and non-routine analytical testing for quality, R&D, and other business units within Redwood Materials.


  • Provide critical technical support to a team managing the day-to-day operations of a high-through put analytical laboratory
  • Develop and validate test methods to meet accuracy, precision, robustness, specificity, linearity, detection limit, and any other requirements
  • Ability to troubleshoot instruments and methods in an organized and well documented manner including assisting with developing preventative maintenance practices
  • Serve as a leader in maintaining and improving safety in the lab and in the work process
  • Lead cross-functional discussions to define test method performance criteria and business requirements
  • Ensure developed methods meet all required customer, safety, and industry standards
  • Author test methods documents and associated lab standard operating procedures to be consistently performed by lab technicians of various technical backgrounds and capabilities
  • Train and certify lab staff to perform to associated testing practices to method requirements
  • Establish method and equipment quality controls based on potential failure points determined during method development
  • Implement method improvements over time based on learnings from routine analysis, best practices, test failures, and customer requests
  • Support the selection, purchasing, installation of analytical instrumentation and other sample preparation associated equipment
  • Support lab management in the implementation of best laboratory practices for incoming, process, and final product testing to provide timely and consistent testing services for internal and external customers

Knowledge and Skills

  • Previous hands-on experience with ICP-OES, ICP-MS, IC, LCMS, PSA, KF Titration, Tap Density, XRF, SEM, XRD, tensile testing, mechanical property testing, and/or other analytical/metrological and battery material testing instrumentation
  • Knowledge of ISO 17025, ISO 9001, and IATF 16949 standard requirements
  • Knowledge of standard industry practices for method development, transfer, and validation
  • Knowledge of Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) principles
  • Previous technical writing experience, including authoring test method documentation
  • Ability to remain positive and professional in a high-pressure environment
  • Strong analytical problem solving, organizational, and documentation skills

Education and Experience

  • Bachelors of Science (BS) in Chemistry or related scientific field with 2+ years of analytical or metrological method development experience.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop test methods utilizing multiple pieces of instrumentation listed in the Knowledge and Skills section
  • Demonstrated ability to work under pressure while pushing projects to completion with strict time lines
  • Demonstrated ability to independently manage multiple projects of various priorities
  • Experience with method development, validation, and transfer in a quality environment
  • Experience with a wide range of instrumentation software, Microsoft Office Suite, Minitab, and other statistical software
  • Experience with Laboratory Information Management software systems (LIMS)

The position is full-time. Compensation will be commensurate with experience.

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