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Draper Senior Organic Chemist in Cambridge, Massachusetts

Draper is an independent, nonprofit research and development company headquartered in Cambridge, MA. The 1,800 employees of Draper tackle important national challenges with a promise of delivering successful and usable solutions. From military defense and space exploration to biomedical engineering, lives often depend on the solutions we provide. Our multidisciplinary teams of engineers and scientists work in a collaborative environment that inspires the cross-fertilization of ideas necessary for true innovation. For more information about Draper, visit

Our work is very important to us, but so is our life outside of work. Draper supports many programs to improve work-life balance including workplace flexibility, employee clubs ranging from photography to yoga, health and finance workshops, off site social events and discounts to local museums and cultural activities. If this specific job opportunity and the chance to work at a nationally renowned R&D innovation company appeals to you, apply now

Equal Employment Opportunity

Draper is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. We understand the value of diversity and its impact on a high-performance culture. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, or genetic information.

Draper is committed to providing access, equal opportunity and reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities in employment, its services, programs, and activities. To request reasonable accommodation, please contact

We are seeking an organic chemist, surface chemist, biochemist, or molecular biologist with experience in surface chemistry, microfluidics, and working with nucleic acid or protein microarrays. The position will involve the use of microfluidic devices to isolate and purify nucleic acid samples, automated sample prep, and working with surface immobilized enzymatic assays.

We have current government and industry-sponsored programs that combine surface chemistry with microfluidics, optics, biology, and electronics for chip-based diagnostics, biochemistry, and tissue and organ systems. We offer an atmosphere that fosters innovation, individual contributions within a team environment, intellectual freedom and creativity, and an emphasis on career development. The candidate must thrive amidst a multidisciplinary team comprising skills in biochemistry, microfluidics, microfabrication, instrumentation, and more. Experience with and the ability to contribute to efforts in these other disciplines is desirable.

The ideal candidate will be a self-starter with excellent oral and written communication skills, have the ability to solve complex problems with minimal supervision, and be able to interface with all levels of internal management as well as program sponsors and subcontractors. The ideal candidate will have a strong understanding of surface chemistry and a demonstrated ability to innovate. Additionally, the candidate will be a self-starter with excellent oral and written communication skills, and have the ability to solve complex problems with minimal supervision.


  • Design and execute experiments for selective modifications of surfaces

  • Chemical modification of nanomaterials, patterned substrates, and microfluidic devices

  • Development and characterization of stable nanomaterial solutions

  • Design and carry out assays to optimize surface chemistry for biochemical reactions on the surface

  • Bachelor’s degree with 5+ years of experience in Chemistry, Materials Science, or related discipline and demonstrated experience in a laboratory/R&D setting. PhD preferred.

Ability to acquire and maintain a US government security clearance (US citizen or permanent resident). Existing clearance strongly preferred.

ID: 2021-5296

External Company Name: The Charles Stark Draper Laboratory Inc