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

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:

We are a young company - with a big vision: a future free of pollution and waste! At traceless, we engineer advanced biomaterials that integrate into nature's biological cycle without leaving a trace. Our innovative technology allows us to produce biomaterials from plant residues that are naturally compostable and holistically sustainable. Now we need to scale-up our production to replace as much plastic and bioplastic as possible with our materials - and that's 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

Your Qualification:

  • 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

  • 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

Don’t meet every single requirement? We would still like to hear from you - you might be just the right person for this or other roles!


What we offer to you:

At traceless, you get a job with purpose! A team of passionate experts is waiting for you, united by strong company values, a pioneering spirit and the ecological impact we achieve together. Here you get the opportunity to make a real difference with your skills and expertise, driving traceless forward and, beyond that, the green transformation of our economy.

You have the freedom to independently develop solutions, take on responsibility and improve our production. We offer you a unique team spirit and flat hierarchies in which you can grow together with us. You will spend your working days in an innovative work environment with start-up flair at the ISI Zentrum in Buchholz in der Nordheide, near Hamburg.

Our team unites people from 12 nations and all genders and age groups, and we're committed to building a diverse, inclusive and equitable workplace. Therefore, we welcome all applications - regardless of gender, nationality, ethnic and social origin, religion/worldview, disability, age as well as sexual orientation and identity.

To apply, send us your CV to careers(at) and tell us in a form of your choice (e.g. in a short text or video) why you are the right person for our team. We're looking forward to getting to know you!

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