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R&D Scientist (m/f/x)
with expertise in natural polymers

Start-Up, Full-time employment
Location: Buchholz in der Nordheide
(near Hamburg, Germany)

Do you want to help us solve the global plastic pollution? Are you an expert in product
development in the plastics industry and looking to use your skills to create positive
impact? Do you enjoy finding solutions for complex, new challenges? Are you interested
in helping to build an ambitious start-up from the very beginning? Then we are looking
for you!

About traceless:

Around 11 Mio. tons of plastic waste enters the oceans every year - that is about a truckload every minute. As plastics are designed to last nearly forever, they cause long-term environmental and marine pollution. Their production from mostly fossil raw materials causes lasting damage to our climate. Consumers, industry and politics are looking for solutions - we have one!

We have developed an innovative technology to produce a novel, advanced material from agricultural residues, which can substitute plastics in products that potentially end up in nature. Our products are 100% bio-based, do not compete with food production, are fully home compostable, have up to 87% lower CO2 emissions and are competitive in quality and price. It is our goal to replace as many plastics as possible with our sustainable biomaterials - And this is where you come in!

About the position:
As R&D Scientist, you will help us to further optimize and develop our traceless materials.
With your experience in polymer science with a focus in natural polymers, you help us to
make them applicable to a maximum array of applications to make the biggest possible
contribution to solve the global plastic pollution. As our R&D Scientist (m/f/x), you will...

  • optimize our material properties while maintaining their unique, holistic sustainability

  • be responsible for customer projects for the develop of (food) packaging and single use products

  • work in a motivated, multidisciplinary team of engineers and chemists

  • perform experiments on a fundamental scientific level

  • perform the production of prototypes and the preparation of pilot tests in close collaboration with our technology and business development teams

Qualification requirements:

  • You have a degree in polymer chemistry, material science or similar with an applied research mindset

  • You have a sound technical understanding of natural polymer structures, interactions, processing techniques and polymer compounds

  • You have at least 3 years of experience in the field of natural polymers research, design, and processing

  • You are also practically minded and do not shy away from getting your hands dirty

  • You have experience in managing projects independently and are not afraid of tricky challenges

Personal requirements:

  • You are a team player with an ability to communicate directly and to the point and would like to develop traceless together with us into a worldwide player on the sustainable plastic substitutes market

  • You have entrepreneurial spirit, are reliable and keen to work in a start-up - with everything that includes

  • You're down-to-earth, direct, with a sense of humor


What we offer to you:

traceless is a young company - with huge potential! At traceless you will work with passionate experts who aim to bring the solution to the worldwide plastic problem to market. You will have a high degree of autonomy in your role - but also a lot of responsibility! You will help shape the growth of our start-up at first hand and gain a diverse insight into all areas of the company.
We value diversity and therefore welcome all applications - regardless of gender, nationality, ethnic and social origin, religion/worldview, disability, age as well as sexual orientation and identity. If you are interested in becoming part of our team, send us your CV to careers(at) and tell us (e.g. in a short text/video/audio) why you are the right person for our team!

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