Want to disrupt one of the largest industries in the world? Fortera is a Renewable Materials Technology Company headquartered in Silicon Valley that has created a new low-cost, low CO2 cement that can reduce cement emissions by 60% and global CO2 emissions by 5%. The technology is inspired by nature and directly converts CO2 into a replacement for ordinary cement, turning a problem into a product. With over ten years of testing and 100,000 hours of R&D backing the technology, Fortera is ready to grow the team and begin commercial production of this exciting new product. Be on the ground floor of a carbon-to-value movement that will impact millions for generations to come. We are looking for passionate thinkers, doers, and problem-solvers who share our vision that big challenges are big opportunities for change. Visit www.forteraglobal.com for more information.


We are seeking a dynamic and experienced Manager to lead our Analytical Laboratory team. As the Manager of the Analytical team, you will play a crucial role in overseeing the department's operations, leading a team of skilled analysts, and driving data-driven decision-making across the organization. The ideal candidate will have a strong background in powder characterization analysis, leadership skills, and a proven track record of delivering actionable insights that contribute to business success.


  • Lead and inspire a team of analytical professionals, providing mentorship, guidance, and professional development opportunities.
  • Set clear goals and performance expectations for team members, fostering a collaborative and high-performing work environment.
  • Manage resource allocation, workload distribution, and project prioritization.
  • Needs expertise in comprehensive characterization of powder materials in cement production using a variety of analytical techniques, including but not limited to:
    • Particle Size Analyzer (PSA)
    • Chemical composition analysis (X-ray diffraction, X-ray fluorescence, spectroscopy, etc.)
    • Surface area measurements (BET)
    • Bulk density determination
    • Thermal analysis (differential scanning calorimetry, thermogravimetric analysis, etc.)
    • Microscopic analysis (scanning electron microscopy, optical microscopy, etc.)
  • Set clear goals and performance expectations for team members, fostering a collaborative and high-performing work environment.
  • Manage resource allocation, workload distribution, and project prioritization within the department.
  • Stay up to date with the latest advancements in powder characterization techniques and technologies and implement improvements to enhance analytical capabilities.
  • Contribute to the development and validation of new analytical methods and protocols specific to powder characterization.
  • Research and sourcing new laboratory equipment.


  • Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry, Materials Science, or a related field. Master's degree with substantial experience may be considered.
  • 5+ years of proven experience in material characterization, with a focus on powder characterization techniques and methods.
  • Proven track record of leading and managing analytical teams in a research or industrial setting.
  • In-depth knowledge operating a Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM), X-ray Diffraction (XRD), X-ray Fluorescence, and Differential Scanning Calorimeter.
  • Experience dealing with Thermogravimetric Analyzer (TGA), Particle Size Analyzer (PSA) and Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET).
  • Strong problem-solving and analytical skills, with the ability to interpret complex data sets and draw meaningful conclusions.
  • Excellent communication skills and eagerness to work with colleagues.


The compensation package for this role includes a competitive base salary commensurate with experience with a range of $135,000 - $150,000 as well as an annual bonus and pre-IPO incentive stock options.


We know that happy employees are productive employees, which is why we offer a comprehensive benefits package that includes:

  • 100% company-funded Medical, Dental, Vision, Life & Disability coverages for employees
  • Health Savings Account and Flexible Spending Account options
  • Tax deferred & Roth 401k
  • Paid vacation days (increased with tenure), 12 paid holidays, and unlimited PTO for exempt employees.






Fortera is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, disability status or any other status protected by applicable law.  Diverse candidates are encouraged to apply.

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