Employment Opportunities


Materials and Surface Characterization Research Associate

Immediate Full-Time Position

Nano Hydrophobics, Inc. - Berkeley, CA

The Role


The Research Associate will work as a member of Nano Hydrophobics’ research team to support the development, characterization and application of new coatings. The primary objectives of this role are to:

  1. support chemists and engineers in characterization of coatings, to quantify materials’ useful lives, and test their resilience under varying operational conditions;
  2. participate in the installation, development, testing and optimization of a spray coating system.

The successful candidate will be an essential and integral member of Nano’s product development program.  Nano will provide some on-the-job training.




Operate surface characterization equipment:

Research Associate should have the knowledge or desire to learn characterization techniques and computerized measurement tools. Previous experience with advanced microscopy, imaging, and surface characterization techniques is a significant advantage.


Operate Coating Application Equipment: 

Research Associate should be willing to learn how to operate an advanced ultrasonic spray application coating system and perform optimization tests under the direction of a senior researcher.


Manage laboratory assets:  The Research Associate will be expected to track inventory levels of chemicals and materials required to prevent disruption of planned research activities.


Operate and train new technicians and engineers on all apparatus.


Manage risk and comply with EH & S requirements:

Develop, review and ensure conformance to all laboratory risk assessments and best practices.


Perform a wide variety of tests of materials:

Competence or desire to learn should include the following aspects:

  • Mechanical - adhesion, peel, shear stress aging of materials.
  • Environmental - corrosion, thermal, and chemical aging of materials.
  • Characterization - contact angle measurements, ellipsometry, DSC, TGA, FTIR

Support engineering staff in the root cause analysis of test failures.


Exhibit competence in the preparation of test samples.


Support the CTO in the identification and planning of future resources and laboratory facility requirements.




Have a high intellect and unbridled curiosity to investigate and contribute to Nano’s research activities, and have a strong desire to learn new things, develop new skills, and take on increasing responsibilities.  A get-things-done attitude and a strong work ethic are essential.  Being a ‘quick study’ and the ability to be flexible are important personal traits.


A Degree in Materials Engineering, Materials Science, Polymer Technology, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry or an appropriate equivalent.

Highly experienced candidates without a degree may also be considered.


Basic chemical laboratory skills working with chemicals, understanding and following work instructions, and making formulations.


Have complete verbal and written fluency with the English language and highly developed English writing skills.  Have excellent organization skills with an eye for detail, and the ability to maintain precise laboratory records.


A comprehensive understanding of EH&S practices, and ability to complete all EH&S training requirements of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.  Further, to maintain a conscientious focus on conducting all work in a safe manner.


Experience with MS office tools (Outlook/Excel/Word/PowerPoint).


Ability to follow oral, written, email, and text message instructions.


Effectively handle multiple priorities, organize workload, and meet deadlines.


Work in a team-based environment to achieve common goals.


Self-reliance, and the ability to work independently.


You will be sharing space and tools at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s nano-science User Facility, the Molecular Foundry.  This requires that you be cognizant of your lab neighbors and always demonstrate a positive attitude and an enthusiastic collaborative personality.   You most be sufficiently outgoing to have the ability and desire to build relationships with scientists and personnel who do not report to or depend on our company.


Maintain a professional appearance and conduct yourself as an experienced professional.


A minimum of one (1) years of academic or industrial laboratory experience after completion of your education.


Eligible candidates must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents, with an established right to work in the U.S.


Eligible candidates must be physically capable of lifting boxes up to 30 pounds and standing at lab benches for extended periods of time.


Eligible candidates will need to have access to personal transportation that will enable them to perform tasks outside the laboratory from time to time.


Preference will given to candidates presently in the Bay area or able to immediately relocate.  No relocation expenses will be paid.




A salary of $45,000 to $50,000 per year and health benefits, plus a generous equity option package.


How to apply:


By email to phboyd@nanohydrophobics.com


Application instructions:

  1. Subject line of email should be:  “R.A. Application – Your First name, Your Last name”
  2. Your email should include a thorough description of your work experience and how it has prepared you for this position.
  3. Your academic grade point average and a listing of relevant classes taken in school.
  4. Why you are interested in this position.
  5. Your citizenship, and for non-U.S. citizens, the basis of your right-to-work.
  6. Attach your detailed resume as a Word or PDF document


March 19, 2017