Who we are at Osmo:

Osmo is a digital olfaction company, on a mission to give computers a sense of smell to improve the health and wellbeing of human life. Why? Our sense of smell both enriches and saves lives, and has a deep and direct connection to our emotions and memory. Vision and hearing have been digitized, but not scent. It’s time we solve this. We’re bringing an unprecedented combination of software, data, hardware and capital to the historic challenge of giving computers a sense of smell.

We believe in the power of automation and carefully applied AI/ML to solve problems that are beyond what the unaided human mind can tackle on its own. In the first phase of our development, we are using our map of odor along with cutting-edge generative AI to create the next generation of aroma molecules (e.g., the ingredients in the fragrances we wear and the products we use). Beyond fragrance machine olfaction has application across many industries, including manufacturing, military, medicine, and more. Working for Osmo means solving problems using digital olfaction for these customers. We're a hybrid company with a laboratory and center-of-mass in New York, NY and offices in Somerville, MA.

Osmo is seeking a Scientist/Scientist II to join our expanding Analytical Chemistry team. You will play a crucial role in supporting all Osmo’s pipelines from AI and compound discovery to perfumery. You are a good communicator, detail oriented and hands-on expert on analytical chemistry techniques for volatile compounds. You will design and execute method development and validation for small molecules. You will contribute to cutting edge research for digital olfaction and work closely with AI, Data Operations, Perfumery and Synthetic Chemistry teams.

What you will be doing:

  • Be responsible for a well-maintained and highly functioning lab; troubleshoot and do simple repairs on instruments
  • Design and execute all types of analytical method development for both targeted and untargeted analysis (absolute quantitation, characterization of unknowns and structure elucidation, identification of odor-active compounds)
  • Develop Standard Operating Procedure for characterization of impurity profile of captives and establish criteria for quality control
  • Develop Standard Operating Procedure for shelf-life stability studies of compounds in diverse applications (body care, laundry, perfumery…)
  • Set up and sustain automated high throughput data collection for machine learning

What we need to see:

  • Graduate degree in analytical chemistry, flavor/fragrance chemistry, food science, environmental sciences (PhD preferred) with postdoc and/or industry experience in related fields
  • Hands-on expertise with isolation, separation and detection techniques of small molecules: DHS, Purge-and-Trap, SPME, SAFE, Liquid & Gas Chromatography (HPLC/UPLC, GC, GCxGC), Mass Spectrometry (Q, QqQ, Q-Tof, Orbitrap) & Olfactometry
  • Demonstrated ability to troubleshoot and repair GC/MS and robotics samplers
  • Experience in conducting omics studies, from sample selection to statistical data treatment
  • Ability to communicate with a variety of experts and translate their analytical needs into action plan for the team
  • Knowledge of flavor and fragrance chemistry of small molecules
  • Ability to work independently and manage multiple projects concurrently
  • Ability to work on-site 5 days a week in NYC

Ways to stand out from the crowd:

  • Demonstrated ability to take existing and well established analytical methods and adapt them to unconventional applications
  • Have fundamental understanding of both, analytical chemistry applied to the characterization of volatile compounds and, of psychophysics concepts of odor perception; and ability to correlate chemical and sensory data using multivariate statistical analysis
  • Hands-on experience on Gerstel robotics, injectors and Agilent capillary flow technology devices

Expected Salary: $130,000 - $154,000

If this role inspires you we’d encourage you to apply. We are committed to recruiting, developing, and retaining an incredible team optimized for a diversity of thought, background, and approaches. All employment decisions and responsibilities are determined based on current ability and your ability to grow, without regard to race, color, gender identity, sex, sexual orientation, religion, age, marital status, physical, mental, or sensory disability, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

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