Chemical Technician | Envirotech

Samsara Eco

Samsara Eco

Other Engineering
Australian Capital Territory, Australia · Australia
Posted on Friday, June 28, 2024
Want to help us in our mission to end the plastic pollution crisis?

Then come join Samsara in tackling one of the planet's biggest problems with big impact!

Samsara represents the coming together of co-founders, the Australian National University (ANU), one of Australia's largest retailers and Main Sequence Ventures, to address a big planetary problem and build the kind of solution the world has been waiting for. Not only

will Samsara’s technology play a key role in solving the world's plastic recycling problems and eliminating the production of plastics from fossil fuels, our commercial potential is compelling.

We are a jaw droppingly unique company! Whilst we are an envirotech start-up creating infinite recycling to end plastic pollution, we are also building an incredible place to work. We know that to make the magic happen our day to day working lives and rewards for our efforts need to be unique and exciting for the extra effort put in.

As one of our Chemical Technicians, you will be responsible for operating lab scale and pilot scale reactors, preparing samples for HPLC analysis, conducting routine laboratory tasks, and ensuring accurate and timely testing procedures. This role requires a degree or higher qualification in biochemistry, chemistry, or chemical engineering, along with strong attention to detail, excellent communication skills, and the ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment.

Key Responsibilities

Operating lab scale and pilot scale reactors:

  • Prepare reaction mixtures and set-ups.
  • Follow standard operating procedures (SOPs) to ensure proper setup, operation, and maintenance of the reactors.
  • Monitor reactions and adjust parameters as needed to optimize results.

Sample Preparation

  • Prepare samples for analysis using high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC).
  • Sample preparation and submission for Inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-OES)
  • Follow established protocols to ensure accurate and reproducible sample preparation.
  • Maintain detailed records of sample preparation and analysis procedures.
  • Ensure samples are prepared and tested within holding time to maintain sample integrity.

Routine Operation Of Analytic Instruments

  • Perform routine operation, calibration, and maintenance of analytic instruments including HPLC and UV-Vis spectrophotometer.
  • Troubleshoot instrument issues and perform minor repairs as needed.
  • Collect and analyse data generated from instrument runs.

Data Management And Reporting

  • Utilise MS Office Word, Excel, and PowerPoint to organize and manage data.
  • Prepare reports summarizing experimental results and findings.
  • Communicate results to team members and stakeholders in a clear and concise manner.


  • Bachelor's degree or higher qualification in biochemistry or chemistry or relevant qualification.
  • Experience operating laboratory equipment and conducting sample preparation for HPLC analysis.
  • Proficiency in MS Office Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • Strong attention to detail and accuracy in data collection and analysis.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively in a fast-paced environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines and prioritize tasks effectively.

The successful candidate will be a purpose-driven team player who is inspired by an opportunity to have impact in the world. They must deeply believe in Samsara’s purpose and the important role we will play in creating the most impactful recycling company.

What You Might Like About Us...

Remuneration - we offer competitive salaries in addition to the option of owning company shares.

Flexibility - at Samsara, flexible work means that our people are able to achieve work-life harmony. This includes support for how our people maintain health and wellbeing, parent or care for others, study, transition to retirement or pursue personal interests.

Autonomy - you are trusted to work independently, make sensible decisions, ask better questions, adopt techniques to work smarter and do what you say you will do.

Flat structure - we don’t entertain bureaucracy at Samsara! Our people are empowered to use their own initiative to solve problems collaboratively. Communication is fast which means quicker decisions and the flexibility to adapt quickly to changes.

Samsara is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We value diversity and anyone seeking employment at Samsara is considered based on merit, qualifications, competence and talent. We don’t regard colour, religion, race, national origin, sexual orientation, ancestry, citizenship, sex, marital or family status, disability, gender, or any other legally protected status. If you have a disability or special need that requires accommodation, please let us know.

Does this sound like your dream job? If it does, join our mission and apply now!

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