Living Proof, Inc.: Postdoctoral Fellow, Hair Discovery

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Living Proof, Inc.: Postdoctoral Fellow, Hair Discovery
Company background
Living Proof is a technology driven consumer products company based in Cambridge, Massachusetts.  The company was founded by Polaris Venture Partners, professional stylists, and a team of scientists including Dr. Robert Langer, an institute professor at MIT and one of history’s most prolific inventors in medicine.  Created in Cambridge for the purpose of applying advanced technology to solve the toughest beauty challenges, its team of scientists and beauty authorities share a common aspiration: to challenge the status quo and end the common beauty frustrations of people everywhere.  By assembling world-class scientists from a range of disciplines and leading universities we are able to look at everyday concerns from a completely unique, fresh perspective.
The Living Proof culture is one of integrity and excellence where technology and product performance is the driving force.  It is further collaborative, curious, creative, passionate, risk-inclined and results-oriented.  Learn about our collection of award-winning hair care products at
Position Overview
Living Proof is seeking a Postdoctoral Fellow to support Discovery activities for our Hair Care Business.    This position will report to the Head of Discovery and will also network heavily with Dr. Daniel Anderson,  Associate Professor, Chemical Engineering and Institute for Medical Engineering and Science, M.I.T.  This is a paid position with full time hours  based in Cambridge, starting May, 2015.
The Postdoctoral position at Living Proof offers an excellent opportunity to gain hands on experience within a fast paced, entrepreneurial personal care R&D start-up.  The incumbent provide leadership for multiple projects and facilitate cross functional team interactions among a diverse group of scientists within Living Proof and our external entities.  Our  Fellow will also gain real time exposure to the Living Proof’s New Product Development Process.
Core Responsibilities 
Explore biochemical modifications of hair protein
Hands-on polymer synthesis and characterization.
Qualification and extensive use of hair performance test methods appropriate for program targets
Reporting of data at weekly team meetings.
Laboratory upkeep and maintenance.
Basic Qualifications: 
PhD or equivalent in Chemistry, Polymer Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Material Science, Biomedical Engineering, or a related discipline. 
Laboratory experience in small molecule and/or polymer synthesis, polymer and/or protein modification and the analytical characterization of said materials.
Strong knowledge and experience with  data analysis and interpretation using various computational and image analysis programs.
Preferred Qualifications: 
Knowledge of basic organic chemistry, polymer synthesis and biochemical modifications.
Significant laboratory experience in small molecule and/or polymer synthesis, purification and characterization
Knowledge of modern research methods, data collection and analysis including NMR, GPC, spectrophotometery, thermal analysis, rheometry, Intron and other chemical, physical and  mechanical testing of polymer materials . 
Responsible and extremely resourceful in finding answers and solutions when information and data is not readily available.
Experience in working on a research program together with diverse individuals and groups; sharing data and problem solving collaboratively on a team.
Ability to demonstrate leadership qualities in complicated situations.
Ability to work effectively and independently in a lab setting.
Ability to work under pressure and adhere to strict deadlines.
Excellent communication and interpersonal skills 
Eligibility to work in the U.S. is required. 
For immediate consideration please send a cover letter and resume to