Von Holzhausen Logovon Holzhausen
R&D Chemist
CONTACT: Samuel Merchant
(510) 851-3594

Insights About this Role

von Holzhausen is seeking an R&D Chemist to work in its rapidly scaling, fast-paced innovation lab, located in the Los Angeles area in Torrance, CA. This role is critical to the success of the business, contributing to the goal of creating 100% plant-based, petroleum-free materials that help conserve our atmosphere and oceans. The company is looking for highly motivated individuals with a proven track record in the design, formulation, and analysis of functional, next-generation alternative materials.


  • Propose novel polymer chemistries to achieve design and performance objectives.
  • Perform quick ideation and experiments to realize concepts.
  • Present concepts and findings to the team during weekly reviews.
  • Serve as the primary source for material chemistry expertise, information, and analysis.
  • Tune chemistries to hit performance and design requirements.
  • Work efficiently within a fast-paced environment.
  • Manage direct reports including interns to ensure business goals are prioritized and met.
  • Write clear protocols, reports, and SOPs and communicate results/recommendations to the team.
  • Coordinate testing criteria with internal team and clients.
  • Submit and track samples to external testing laboratories.
  • Run performance testing and analyze data on all materials.
  • Propose product improvement based on performance results.
  • Perform QC testing, analyze the results, and suggest improvements.
  • Create presentations to the internal team and our clients.
  • Support patent or licensing applications.
  • Proactively research new materials and technologies within the space and identify opportunities.
  • Maintain a clean, safe laboratory work area.
  • Manage the laboratory data and documentation.


  • MS / Ph.D. Degree in polymer chemistry, physical chemistry, organic chemistry, or similar applied science field.
  • At least 5+ years of professional experience as a formulation or product development scientist.
  • Experience in a start-up environment with tight deadlines is desirable.
  • An innovator and creative thinker with knowledge of next-generation alternative materials, chemistries, and processes.
  • Proven ability to innovate novel polymer chemistries to achieve design and performance objectives.
  • Expertise with data analysis.
  • Good analytical problem-solving skills to make timely and accurate decisions.
  • Expertise working with high-level external clients.
  • Comfort working independently in the lab in a fast-paced environment.
  • Comfort with high level of autonomy as well as a goal-oriented approach.
  • Knowledge of characterization techniques for the development of leather products.
  • Strong interpersonal skills: ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in written format.