• 09-Jan-2019 to 10-Feb-2019 (NZST)
  • Auckland, AUK, NZL
  • Salary
  • Full Time

Research & Development Chemist

Global industry extracts trillions of litres of water each day using current technology, consuming enormous amounts of energy in the process.

Aquafortus is an emerging technology company working at the forefront of research, development, and deployment of high recovery industrial water remediation technologies.  This innovative company has developed a novel continuous, regenerable, non-thermal technology that recovers water and resources for a tiny fraction of the energy of current state-of-the-art technologies. Global industry extracts trillions of litres of water each day using current technology, consuming enormous amounts of energy in the process. Aquafortus is poised to disrupt the industry.

The Research and Development Chemist (RDC) is a pivotal role responsible for conducting research and development work in organic chemistry on topics as assigned from time to time for the purpose of advancing the company's technological and commercial success. 

The RDC works with the core R&D team and reports to the CTO.

This role is based in Rosedale, Auckland and is primarily a lab-based, accountable to create or develop working chemistry for use in the company's products and processes relating to the company's novel chemical technology. 



  1. Implementation of the Company's Research and Development Strategy through the development of specific chemistry, associated processes, and other tangible solutions.
  2. Identification of possible developments not already assigned and, where agreed and authorised, pursue these developments.
  3. Collaborate with, and support other departments within the company, to advance the, Intellectual Property, construction, deployment and commercialisation of the technology.


  • A University degree in the field of organic chemistry
  • You will need a minimum of two years work experience in a relevant field
  • Experience working with chemical processes and a variety of laboratory instrumentation
  • Experience in organo-metallic chemistry
  • An R&D application focus
  • Team orientation with the ability to put the good of the team ahead of self- interest when appropriate
  • Contribute to the development and subsequent implementation of H&S policies and procedures that will confirm the company as a quality organisation
  • Excellent English written and oral communication skills
  • Strong preparation and presentation of reports
  • Superior analytical, evaluative, and problem-solving abilities
  • Strong commercial acumen
  • Proven ability to work independently to a high productive level


  • Goal oriented and shows initiative
  • Ability to set and manage priorities judiciously
  • Ability to think outside the square and intuitively develop ideas via logical and robust research
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with a passion for collaboration
  • Ability to articulate ideas to both technical and non-technical audiences
  • Self-motivated, hardworking and directed
  • Keen attention to detail
  • Ability to manage time wisely  
  • Timely with regard to attendance at meetings, work, and delivery of assigned work
  • Honesty and a high degree of personal integrity, with the courage to speak out when circumstances require this, but can also take direction
  • The desire and ability to impart knowledge to others within the team where it would help in achieving the team goals
  • The ability to function effectively under stress and with other team members in adjacent roles
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