Analytical Chemist

Endless West

San Francisco, CA, CA

ID: 7080308
Posted: June 23, 2021
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

About Us
We’re Endless West, makers of molecular spirits. Our small, independent team of scientists, sommeliers, writers, chefs, and dropouts is creating the next generation of wine and spirits. Our work has already attracted significant interest from a range of people — whiskey enthusiasts, scientists, members of the culinary world, creatives in design, technology, and fashion — across the country. And we’re just getting going.

We’re relentlessly curious, optimistic enough to run after ambitious ideas, and skeptical enough to analyze every angle and consider every option. We support each other as colleagues and care about each other as people, believing that the health of our business can be measured by the health of our team. We are obsessed with leveraging scientific learning, creative storytelling and business expertise to explore the limits of what’s possible.

Everyone is welcome at Endless West. We know diverse teams build better products and we are committed to creating an inclusive culture built on a foundation of respect for all individuals. We strongly encourage candidates from non-traditional backgrounds, historically marginalized, or underrepresented groups to apply.

About the Role
We are seeking an Analytical Chemist with a strong background in gas chromatography - mass spectrometry. This role will analyze new products and collaborate with the Product Development team to create innovative beverages and foods.

About You
You’re highly-motivated and experienced enough to hit the ground running from day one. You're inquisitive. You understand which questions to ask, and how to apply sufficient scientific rigor to answer them. You aren’t afraid to articulate ideas and you aren’t afraid to be wrong. A startup work environment appeals to you. You’re able to laugh at yourself.

Job Responsibilities
- Operation of GCMS instrumentation, including GC-QQQ and GCxGC-TOF
- Study design and method development, including discovery and quantitative workflows
- Preparation of complex samples and matrices
- Routine analyses for product screening, discovery, and quantification
- Data analysis and preparation of reports for product developers
- Analysis of large data sets, including correlation of analytical data with sensory data
- Collaboration with product development team to optimize data collection and usage
- Participation in sensory panels
- Troubleshooting and maintenance of instrumentation
- Occasional operation of LC-Orbi instrumentation (as needed)
- Operation of flash chromatography system for isolation/purification of compounds

Desired Qualifications
- Expert in GC-MS instrumentation and data analysis (4+ years of experience preferred)
- Demonstrated ability to develop new methods for complex samples and compounds
- Background in food and flavor applications strongly preferred
- Experience quantifying trace-level analytes in complex matrices
- Strong statistical skills; some coding proficiency preferred
- Ability to problem solve and think creatively
- Advanced degrees preferred (M.S./ PhD)

Why Endless West?
We’ve got the standard benefits…

- Medical, dental, and vision
- Commuter benefits
- Ambassador’s Program ($250/quarter to purchase Endless West products)
- Competitive compensation, including equity

…but in a town full of companies that sell prospective hires on happy hours and ping pong tables, here’s what we are uniquely able to offer:

- A small, collaborative team. We don’t believe in hierarchy for hierarchy’s sake.
- Smart, friendly colleagues.
- Actual autonomy and agency. We choose empowerment over micromanagement.
- A team that values EQ as much as IQ.
- A team that values hard work but believes in the importance of self-care and taking meaningful breaks.
- An environment that encourages empathetic debate. We state cases, defend positions, argue productively, and make decisions together. We don’t have any issues with being wrong. People’s opinions are actively sought out and valued.
- An environment where we not only acknowledge the hard work and successes of our teammates, but also celebrate them.

Interested? We'd love to hear from you! Please apply!


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