Research Assistant

Overview of Role

ZwitterCo is announcing an immediate opening for a Research Assistant seeking a high-impact, collaborative role in a rapidly expanding business. The candidate will play a key role in the development and characterization of ZwitterCo’s breakthrough membranes. Candidates with experience in organic and/or polymer chemistry, membrane science, and/or materials characterization are particularly encouraged to apply.


 The Research Assistant will be responsible for conducting research, designing experiments for synthesis and membrane development, and a variety of other functions in ZwitterCo’s R&D lab. 

Responsibilities may include:

  • Conducting research into new and improved chemistry platforms for achieving membrane product performance goals
  • Hand coating membranes from R&D polymer batches and characterizing material properties
  • Developing new methods to characterize membranes depending on function and type
  • Performance testing for new membranes
  • Operating laboratory equipment such as UV/Vis, FTIR, contact angle measurements, etc.
  • Analyzing data and making recommendations for next steps based on results from experiments
  • Establishing SOPs for routine R&D procedures

Critical Success Factors

Successful candidates will:

  • Be methodical with excellent attention to detail
  • Readily approach test results through a critical lens
  • Be well-versed in laboratory practices
  • Have a keen interest in environmental and water technologies


    Candidates should hold a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Materials Science, or a similar field with at least 1 year of hands-on laboratory experience. 

    Additional qualifications:

    • Theoretical and practical knowledge of organic/polymer synthesis and characterization
    • Experience with several analytical chemistry techniques
    • Detailed knowledge of operation of industrial roll-to-roll coating equipment
    • Basic statistical analysis (mean, standard deviations, confidence intervals)
    • Proficient in tools relevant to these fields, such as MS Excel and laboratory notebook maintenance
    • Flexibility to adapt to changes in lab operations, priorities, or schedules
      Schedule, Travel, Compensation, and Location

      This is a full-time position on-site in Woburn, MA, and reports directly to the Senior Manager of Technology Development.

      Travel for this role is expected to be between 0% – 5%. 

      Compensation will be commensurate with experience and include equity and benefits.