Modern Meadow was founded to address the pressing global challenge: the materials that underpin the way we live, work, and play and that support our well-being are fundamentally unsustainable. We believe it’s possible to have it all: high quality, high performing, beautiful and affordable materials that substantially improve sustainability.

Inspired by Nature. Driven by Purpose. Partners for Action.

MM is seeking a Principal Scientist with over 12 years of experience in leading biomaterials-based innovation, projects, and scientific teams to successfully deliver products into commercial/industrial space.  

Reporting to the VP, of BioMaterials Science R&D, the Principal Scientist will perform the following functions: 

  • Leverage their expertise in the ability to characterize and understand the structure-material property relationships of aqueous formulation design, coatings, impregnation technology, and composite design to deliver new products and troubleshoot issues encountered in the various R&D and MM projects. 
  • Act as the resident expert in polymers science, to guide the various projects being worked on by the several technical teams comprising all the Project Leads (PLs), PIs and RAs, to deliver on the various projects in the Innovation to Market Portfolio for the BioMaterials Business Unit.  
  • Act as a Technical Mentor for Team Leaders, PIs, and RAs.
  • Facilitate ideation and technical excellence to solve commercial problems using existing technology toolkits and by expanding it.
  • Keep up-to-date with current academic and patent literature in the fields of biomaterials, textiles coating and chemistry and share learnings with relevant teams.  
  • Work with the Technical and Commercial Team(s) and Leadership to identify long-term opportunities critical for the success of the Technology Platform(s) in commercial space. 
  • Work with the Team Leaders, PIs, and RAs to identify the correct workstreams and milestones for achieving organization goals and objectives. Assist the RAs and PIs in planning and executing of the experimental plans to complete the workstreams in a timely manner. 


  • A PhD. In Chemistry, Materials Science with over 12+ years of industry experience 
  • Ability to work on site at our Nutley, NJ HQ  
  • Knowledge of proteins is a plus, but not required. 
  • Familiarity with leather tanning chemistry desired. 
  • Experience in Textile, Fashion, and Automotive industry preferred.
  • Previous experience leading technical work required with previous managerial experience preferred
  • Demonstrated agility to respond to changing priority of the business 
  • Demonstrated ability to think outside of the box and apply knowledge in an interdisciplinary manner
  • Demonstrated ability to work with commercial and business teams to deliver products into the commercial space
  • Demonstrated ability to deconstruct new problems by using first principles to develop research programs for new materials 

What We Offer 

We believe in investing in our employees’ wellbeing and professional growth a Modern Meadow and are pleased to offer comprehensive benefits for the total health of our organization including:  

  • Competitive compensation that includes equity 
  • Retirement planning (401k Matching) 
  • Flexible paid time off  
  • Winter Break (Company observed reset and recharge, final week of the year) 
  • Commuter Benefits  
  • Comprehensive benefit plans covering medical, dental, vision, life, and disability 
  • Bi-monthly learning blocks to reinvest in your development utilizing LinkedIn Learning or other job specific programs  
  • Identity Theft and Legal services (LifeLock and LegalShield)  
  • Family services that include fertility benefits and equal paid parental leave 
  • Collaborative, transparent, and inclusive culture with monthly engagement activities and programs  

Details of these benefit plans will be provided if a candidate receives an offer of employment. 

Modern Meadow is an equal opportunity employer. 
In accordance with anti-discrimination law, we prohibit discrimination and harassment of any type and afford equal employment opportunities to employees and applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, age, national origin, disability status, genetic information, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. 



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