Surface Chemist

San Carlos, CA

We need an outstanding scientist to join the team with a focus on surface chemistry and functionalization. The successful candidate will work within a cross-functional research team, with the goal of developing novel surface properties to improve our analytical measurements. Our team currently includes biochemists, bioengineers, bioinformaticians, and materials scientists with deep analytical and excellent communication skills. If you are looking for interesting problems to solve in novel and creative ways this may be the opportunity for you!

Job Description

Role and Responsibilities:
  • Be our in-house expert in chemical vapor deposition techniques to characterize, maintain and improve our existing processes as well as explore new areas of chemical space.
  • Maintain and upgrade existing equipment to ensure consistent and reliable CVD performance.
  • Determine what instrumentation should be purchased to improve the consistency of our current chip production methods.
  • Work with other scientists and engineers to ensure that our surface chemistry meets the requirements of upstream and downstream processes.
  • Work with our external partners to produce chips suitable for exploring various chemical functionalization to improve our analytical detection methods.
Qualifications and Education Requirements:
  • PhD in chemistry, engineering, chemical engineering, or a similar discipline. A BS or MS degree with 5 years of more of surface functionalize experience will be considered.
  • Significant experience functionalizing glass surfaces using silane chemistry techniques.
  • Significant experience working with advanced CVD equipment.
  • Proven track record of developing QC methods to monitor and characterize the surface properties.

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Organizational Values

At Nautilus, our core values are pretty simple...

  • Be kind. No a**holes!
  • Tackle the big, hard thing
  • Invest in exceptional people
  • Assume and radiate good intent
  • EVERY voice matters
  • Take care of yourself
  • Have fun, make a difference, be happy!


  • 401(k)
  • New Parent Leave
  • Commuter Benefits
  • 100% premiums covered for medical, dental and vision
  • Responsible PTO
  • 10 paid holidays per year
  • Team Events

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