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Lead Scientist - Hops

KalsecĀ®, a leading producer of advanced hop products for the brewing industry as well as natural extracts for the food, beverage, and pharmaceutical industries, is currently seeking a highly talented Lead Scientist to join the Hops Research and Development team. The successful candidate will serve as principle investigator by planning, designing, and independently conducting experiments and associated research activities directed toward identified, strategic business opportunities. Specific job functions could include: (1) Fundamental research that leads to new and improved processes (high yield, low cost, environmentally friendly, natural) for the separation and modification of hop ingredients on laboratory scale and scale-up to pilot and production scale, (2) Development of fundamentally new hop acid, hop oil, or related products through collaboration with other scientists, hop group members, or external collaborators, (3) Utilization of advanced relationship skills to establish positive interactions with diverse stakeholders such as customers, vendors, and toll manufacturers in order to advance specific projects in a collaborative fashion, and (4) Creation of new product offerings that compliment KalsecĀ® core competencies. The position will involve overseeing the successful transition of promising research into the application and/or process development groups and through to commercialization. Thus, qualified candidates will be knowledgeable and skilled scientists that are highly motivated and able to apply their talents to the development of new products and processes within diverse areas.

Ideal candidates will possess advanced problem solving skills including the ability to think critically about difficult research challenges, determine the root cause of problems hindering new product and process development, and apply sound scientific strategies to solve them. To be successful, the candidate must thoroughly understand scientific methods of investigation, experimental design, standard research protocols, and be able to analyze and interpret experimental data.

Excellent communication skills and the ability to work within a diverse research environment comprised of chemists, engineers, food scientists, and brewers are expected. A track record of developing intellectual property and publishing research contributions in scientific journals is highly desirable.


PhD in Chemistry, Biochemistry, or a related scientific discipline or an equivalent combination of experience and education. Expertise in extraction, synthesis, characterization, and process development for naturally-derived products.


Postdoctoral or related experience. Experience and proven ability to isolate compounds and use biochemistry or other natural means to selectively transform these materials into new products Experience in process development and scale-up Work experience in the brewing and/or hops industry

Fields of Specialization
Agrochemical, Biochemical, Catalysts, Food, Green Chemistry, Nanotechnology, Organic
Work Function
Development - Process
Development - Product
Pilot Plant
Research - Applied
Hops Research and Development
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Adjunct Faculty Position at Kalamazoo College

Kalamazoo College will have an opening for an adjunct chemist to teach two introductory chemistry laboratories in winter term (Jan to mid-March, 10 weeks, on Thursdays from 8-5 pm). There may also be an opening to teach these again in spring term (April-1st week of June, 10 weeks, one day a week again). For more information, please contact Laura Furge at laura.furge@kzoo.edu.

One of the K-College organic chemists has applied for a sabbatical to start Fall 2016. If his leave is approved, they we will be searching for a full-time one-year replacement for 2016-2017

Chem-Able Matching Grant Program

Are you…

  • an unemployed or underemployed chemical professional?
  • trying to enter the chemistry workforce?

The Chem-Able matching grant program sponsored by the Kalamazoo Section of the American Chemical Society might help. The purpose of a Chem-Able grant is to assist chemical professionals and students in obtaining training or experience to improve chances of employment or re-employment.

Get more program details or download an application form .

Donate to support the Chem-Able Matching Grant: KACSGrants@gmail.com