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Industrial Postdoc - Lignin Chemistry



Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
Posted on Tuesday, June 25, 2024

As an Industrial Postdoc at altM, the candidate will be responsible for synthesizing new molecules from lignin. Primary functions will include conducting laboratory experiments, analyzing data, and interpreting results to drive innovation and advance research goals. Additional functions include collaboration with interdisciplinary teams to develop novel methodologies and improve existing processes.

The ideal candidate will have a strong background in organic chemistry, proficiency in modern laboratory techniques, and excellent problem-solving skills. Attention to detail, effective communication, and the ability to work independently and as part of a team are essential for success in this role.


  • Design routes for lignin separation and purification.
  • Design and execute organic synthesis reactions to target compounds.
  • Perform purification and characterization of organic molecules using analytical techniques such as NMR, HPLC, GC-MS, and IR spectroscopy.
  • Analyze and interpret experimental data to troubleshoot reactions and optimize synthetic routes.
  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams to develop innovative solutions and address project challenges.
  • Maintain accurate records of experimental procedures, results, and observations.
  • Stay current with literature and technological advancements in organic chemistry to contribute to the development of novel methodologies and technologies.
  • Adhere to safety protocols and best practices in the laboratory environment.


  • PhD in Organic Chemistry in a research area directly related to lignin, or PhD in Organic Chemistry in a different area but with an additional 1-2 years of postdoctoral experience in lignin chemistry.
  • Strong theoretical and practical knowledge of organic chemistry principles and synthesis.
  • Hands-on experience with organic synthesis, purification, and characterization methods.
  • Proficiency in using laboratory equipment and analytical instruments.
  • Ability to work effectively in a fast-paced research environment and manage multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Excellent problem-solving skills and attention to detail.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to collaborate effectively in a team setting.
  • Commitment to safety, compliance, and ethical conduct in scientific research.
  • This is an onsite role and requires physical presence.
  • Ability to travel locally, domestically in India, and overseas.

Compensation and Benefits

  • Competitive cash component and potential early-stage company ESOPs. Both negotiable for the right talent

altM is an equal opportunity employer, committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, colour, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, national origin, disability, gender identity or any other protected characteristic outlined in any central, state, or local laws.