Title: Chemist

Location: Chicago, IL 

Compensation: Competitive salary and equity package

Benefits include: Health, Dental and Vision Insurance; Flexible PTO, FSA Benefits, 401K Savings Plan, Paid Parental Leave, and Long-term Disability Insurance

Reports to: Product Development Manager

The Company 

Numat is a global leader in the field of precision chemistries. Numat’s solutions are changing the way industries around the world capture and separate hazardous chemicals that negatively impact human health and the environment. 

Numat has been at the forefront of Metal-Organic Framework (MOF) research and production for over a decade, and is the first company to successfully commercialize MOFs. The company’s world-class platform integrates MOFs into existing products and processes, merging chemistry innovation with manufacturing at industrial scale. 

Through bold and transformative chemistry, Numat helps its global customers and partners make meaningful progress toward their net zero and innovation objectives. Be a part of something bigger, join our team.

Position Overview

The Chemist role will contribute to the applied research and development group at Numat. This individual will focus on material formations, scaling and optimization to support early-stage material discovery for adsorbent manufacturing processes in Numat’s development pipeline. In applied R&D, this individual will shepherd new technology through stages 1 and 2 (out of 5) of Numat’s stage-gate process. This role will require interfacing with the Director of R&D and the Product Development Manager to identify and fully characterize materials for new products. Once materials are identified, this individual will seamlessly transition efforts to the engineering team for manufacturing. Expect significant ownership of projects with freedom to explore, design, and evaluate adsorbent materials. This role reports directly to the Product Development Manager.


  • Contribute to the formulation and formation of new materials, developing methods for formation in scale up of new materials
  • Assist R&D projects to synthesize, form, and perform post synthetic modifications to evaluate and characterize high-performing adsorbent materials at the proof-of-concept level for gas storage, filtration, or purification
  • Assist in designing and executing experiments to predict full-scale system level performance, identify key process variables, validate stability and lifetime, and define operating windows
  • Assist in the development of technology transfer packages for pilot-scale evaluation (operation procedures, quality gates, etc.)
  • Employ appropriate techniques/methods to successfully and independently execute routine assignments within negotiated deadlines
  • Maintain knowledge of relevant QSR and safety requirements while building knowledge of other regulatory requirements related to R&D (product development, design, and safety) to ensure compliance in all research, data collection and reporting activities
  • Assist in the development of data packages to support business and commercial teams in product commercialization


  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment where everyone must play multiple roles
  • Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry or related science field required 
  • Minimum of two years R&D industry experience 
  • Preferred experience in material formation and post synthetic modification
  • Familiarity with kinetic studies, coordination chemistry and/or metal mediated coupling reactions
  • Standard chemical synthesis and characterization techniques, such as PXRD, sorption, recrystallization, NMR Spectroscopy, ICP-MS, and/or UV-Vis Spectroscopy
  • Excellent problem-solving skills required; involving critical thinking, decision-making, creativity, and information processing. To be successful in the role, candidates must be able to effectively identify issues along with solutions, implement those solutions and evaluate their effectiveness
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment where everyone must play multiple roles
  • Utilizes strong interpersonal and communications skills to liaise at all levels of an organization, as well as guide and collaborate with associates 
  • Excellent written, verbal, interpersonal, and cross functional  communication skills; able to distill complex information and present clearly
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite



At NuMat Technologies, we believe that a diverse workforce contributes different perspectives and creative ideas that enable us to continue to innovate and improve every day. We promote equality of opportunity for all applicants and employees. All qualified applicants will be considered without regard to an individual’s sex, race, ethnicity, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, religion, age, national origin or ancestry, dis/ability status, medical condition, pregnancy, marital status, domestic partner status, military or veteran status, or any other basis protected by federal, state, or local laws.

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