Analytical Scientist

Full Time | Morrisville, NC

Keel Labs™ is a platform for innovation, broadening our vision for the potential of the ocean to accelerate our planet’s development towards a more sustainable future. Driven by the exploration of novel resources from the ocean, Keel Labs™ functions as a hub for the next generation of climate-focused solutions derived from nature.

Keel Labs is looking for a talented and motivated individual to lead the analytical testing lab and maintain the lab standards at our Morrisville office. 

As a member of the Research & Development team, the analytical scientist will focus on the implementation and refinement of new and existing testing & evaluation protocols. Additionally, this position will contribute to ongoing development projects by performing complex experiments according to outlined procedures and techniques.

Our employees gain a unique and fulfilling experience by developing and executing hands-on approaches to sustainably-minded strategies in a dynamic start-up environment. Our team members benefit from a small, close-knit working environment as all facets of our business are done collaboratively in our shared facilities.


  • Effectively plan and conduct analytical  procedures, record results, and assist in the interpretation of data for the fiber and polymer characterization.

  • Develop new  or modify existing procedures to address  the needs of the research projects.

  • Identify gaps in existing capabilities and evaluate and recommend potential solutions

  • Compile data obtained from analytical tests, analyze the data, and generate/present reports to the appropriate internal and external team.

  • Work hand in hand with R&D team members to accomplish testing requirements.

  • Contribute towards Standard Operating Procedures (SOP’s) that document critical procedures in materials handling, process and equipment maintenance, operation, and troubleshooting.

  • Be a part of overall organizational development through support of constantly improving work processes, teamwork, and culture.

  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Required Skills and Qualifications:

  • BS, with MS preferred, in chemistry, material science, textile chemistry/engineering, fiber/polymer science, or related field.

  • 2-3 years experience in a high complexity testing laboratory

  • Previous experience with common fiber and polymer characterization techniques 

  • Experience in the use of statistical concepts in data analysis

  • Demonstrated ability to effectively problem solve

  • Strong continuous improvement mindset

  • Experience with polymer processing and/or testing equipment is desirable.

  • Must have the highest standards of integrity, accuracy and attention to detail.

  • Must be highly organized, flexible and capable of adapting to priority changes on a daily basis.

Employment: Full-time

Location: Morrisville, NC

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