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Associate Chemist

Neuralink

Neuralink

Operations
Austin, TX, USA
Posted on Saturday, April 27, 2024

Company Description:

We are creating the future of brain-computer interfaces: building devices now that have the potential to help people with paralysis regain mobility and independence and invent new technologies that could expand our abilities, our community, and our world.

Team Description:

You will be part of the Quality Control team responsible for running multiple tests in-house, performing test method validations, finalizing reports, and supporting R&D activities. The QC Team is a dedicated group of highly skilled professionals responsible for ensuring the accuracy, reliability, and compliance of test methods used in the quality control process. With expertise in various analytical techniques, such as chemical characterization, microbiological testing, and biocompatibility evaluations, this team is crucial in maintaining product quality and safety.

Job Description and Responsibilities:

The Associate Analytical Chemist will work with teams across the Neuralink organization to analyze the chemical and biological characteristics of manufacturing processes and finished devices. This will include various levels of product testing during R&D and release to obtain data that may be required for product approvals. Additionally, this data may be used to confirm patient safety of our products by applicable global regulations, regulatory guidelines, or voluntary consensus standards. Daily responsibilities may involve drafting internal procedures and test protocols, sample preparation, laboratory testing, method development, inventory management, and other miscellaneous laboratory tasks. The Associate Analytical Chemist’s primary goal will be to assist in medical device chemical and biological characterization to support patient safety and regulatory approval.

  • Prepare test samples and controls for analysis.
  • Perform chromatographic and mass spectrographic analysis using a variety of instruments such as LC-MS, GC-MS, and ICP-MS.
  • Conduct routine and non-routine testing of materials and products to ensure compliance with the quality standards and regulatory requirements, including performing calibration checks and maintaining documentation.
  • Deliver test results related to device analytical characteristics to support manufacturing changes and risk assessments.
  • Deliver laboratory reports complying with applicable medical device evaluation standards and FDA/ISO guidance documents within a risk-based framework.
  • Collaborate with a cross-functional team to support multiple projects requiring laboratory evaluation, ensuring timely completion of required tasks to meet project schedules.
  • Analyze test results to determine the adequacy of data to meet internal and external requirements and utilize problem-solving skills and technical knowledge to troubleshoot unexpected results.
  • Participate in continuous improvement projects to increase lab efficiency, reduce turnaround times, and improve data quality.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry
  • 1-2 years of experience in an analytical laboratory
  • Possess experience and knowledge of basic laboratory operations such as weighing, sample handling, and preparing volumetric solutions.
  • Able to perform routine calculations about analytical chemistry (e.g., dilution, concentration, results calculation)
  • A basic understanding of laboratory safety and the use of engineering controls such as fume hoods and biological safety cabinets
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and optimize analytical processes for efficiency and compliance
  • Problem-solving mindset
  • Strong written and oral communication skills

Preferred Qualifications:

  • M.S. in Chemistry, Biochemistry, or a related field
  • Familiarity with Good Laboratory Practices and/or Good Manufacturing Practices
  • Experience with LC-MS, GC-MS, and ICP-MS
  • Familiarity with chromatography data systems
  • Experience with troubleshooting analytical instrumentation
  • Experience performing bioanalytical procedures and cell-based assays
  • Experience with method validation and transfer
Pay Transparency: The following details are for Texas individuals only:
Texas Pay Transparency
$70,000$107,300 USD
For Full-Time Employees, your compensation package will include two major components: salary and equity. Guidance on salary for this role will be determined according to the level at which you enter the organization, with the ability to gain more over time as you contribute. In addition, Full-Time Employees are eligible for the following benefits listed below.

What We Offer:

  • An opportunity to change the world and work with some of the smartest and most talented experts from different fields
  • Growth potential; we rapidly advance team members who have an outsized impact
  • Excellent medical, dental, and vision insurance through a PPO plan
  • Paid holidays
  • Commuter benefits
  • Meals provided
  • Equity + 401(k) plan *Temporary Employees & Interns excluded
  • Parental leave *Temporary Employees & Interns excluded
  • Flexible time off *Temporary Employees & Interns excluded

Multiple studies have found that a higher percentage of women and BIPOC candidates won't apply if they don't meet every listed qualification. Neuralink values candidates of all backgrounds. If you find yourself excited by our mission but you don't check every box in the description, we encourage you to apply anyway!

Neuralink provides equal opportunity in all of our employment practices to all qualified employees and applicants without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability, marital status, military status, genetic information or any other category protected by federal, state and local laws. This policy applies to all aspects of the employment relationship, including recruitment, hiring, compensation, promotion, transfer, disciplinary action, layoff, return from layoff, training and social, and recreational programs. All such employment decisions will be made without unlawfully discriminating on any prohibited basis.

If you need a reasonable accommodation at any point in the interview process, please let us know. Reasonable accommodations are modifications or adjustments to the application or hiring process that would enable you to fully participate in those processes. Examples of reasonable accommodations include but are not limited to:

  • Documents in alternate formats or read aloud to you
  • Having interviews in an accessible location
  • Being accompanied by a service dog
  • Having a sign language interpreter present for the interview