• 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 research 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 science 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 Research Chemist Team Leader to join our management team. You will be responsible for driving all research efforts to advance Aquafortus' chemistry through relevant investigations and cutting-edge investigations, to ensure commercial success. You will not only be managing a team of highly talented chemists, you will also be actively developing and proving/disproving technology theories and the advancement of the Aquafortus' chemistry through relevant investigations to ensure commercial success and a competitive innovative edge.

The Research and Development Chemistry Team works alongside the Analytical and Process Chemists and Chemical Process Engineers to ensure the direction of the research is relevant and the Aquafortus chemistry remains robust, relevant, and competitive through patents and cutting-edge research.

This is a full-time laboratory and office-based role focused on the further development of the company's novel chemical technology. This includes generating data and information related to new developments for future patents. The Research Chemistry Team Leader reports to the Chief Technical Officer and the other executives.


  • PhD 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.
  • A research and development application focus.
  • Ability to model data and determine trends.
  • 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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