• 29-Mar-2023 to Until Filled (NZST)
  • Auckland, AUK, NZL
  • Full Time

This is a rare opportunity to work in a highly advanced state-of-the-art laboratory that is well-equipped with the latest and greatest laboratory machines and equipment. You will lead and be responsible for a team of highly talented and capable analytical chemists working with a world-first technology. We offer a friendly and supportive environment with on-the-job training from a team of national and international experts. Apart from the opportunity to work at the forefront of scientific innovation, staff benefits also include competitive remuneration, fun social events, free onsite gym access, great company culture, modern facilities, and free onsite staff parking with EV charging.

Global industry extracts trillions of litres of water each day with very little ability to recycle and reuse this water. Aquafortus is an innovative technology company poised to disrupt the industry and is at the forefront of research, development, and deployment of high-recovery industrial water remediation technologies. The team at Aquafortus works with the biggest names in the global industry.

We are currently looking for a Process Chemist Team Leader to join our management team. You and your team will be the key technical resource to the business development, engineering, and chemistry teams by actively driving and managing the technology evaluation and ensuring commercial success. You will not only be managing a team of highly talented chemists, but you will also ensure that the company's novel chemical products and processes are commercially viable. This includes assisting in the development of new processes and technologies to advance the company's success.

This is a full-time lab-based role accountable for performing research and process chemistry experiments. The Process Chemistry Team collaborates with the Research and Development Chemists and the Chemical Process Engineers to ensure the application of laboratory work to the engineering process. The Process Chemistry Team Leader reports to the Chief Technical Officer and the other executives.


  • PhD and/or Masters in Chemistry with 5+ years' experience in a commercial laboratory.
  • Experience in successfully leading teams of more than 3 team members in a relevant or closely related field.
  • Experience working with chemical processes and a variety of laboratory instruments.
  • Ability to follow chemistry methods and write them.
  • An R&D application focus.
  • Ability to work independently without supervision.
  • Team player with a positive attitude that can put the team ahead of self-interest.
  • Superior analytical, evaluative, and problem-solving abilities.
  • Competent in Microsoft office suite.
  • Good time management and organisation skills.
  • High level of professionalism, including when interacting with staff.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English for the preparation and presentation of reports.

If this sounds like you, please apply with a detailed cover letter telling us why you are suitable for the role.

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