Von Holzhausen Logovon Holzhausen
Director of Communications
CONTACT: Samuel Merchant
(510) 851-3594

Insights About this Role


von Holzhausen is a materials innovation company on a mission to make leather extinct. We produce leather alternatives that are 100% animal free and sustainable, capturing the essence of premium leather without the negative environmental impact.

von Holzhausen is seeking a Senior Material Scientist to work in our rapidly scaling, fast-paced Innovation Lab. The Material Scientist is a key role, critical to the success of the business. We are looking for highly motivated individuals with a proven track record for the design, formulation, and analysis of functional, next generation alternative materials


  • Propose novel polymer chemistries to achieve design and performance objectives.
  • Serve as the primary source for materials expertise, information, and analysis.
  • Serve as a technical and problem-solving resource.
  • Prioritize the team’s tasks and adapt in a fast-paced environment.
  • Manage direct reports including interns to ensure business goals are prioritized and meet.
  • Write clear protocols, reports and SOPs and communicate results/recommendations to 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 in Chemical Engineering, Material sciences, organic chemistry, or polymer science with 5+ years of relevant R&D experience.
  • An innovator and creative thinker with knowledge of next generation alternate materials, chemistries and processes.
  • Proven ability to innovate novel polymer chemistries to achieve design and performance objectives.
  • Expertise with data analysis.
  • Possess good analytical problem-solving skills to make timely & accurate decisions.
  • Expertise working with high-level, external clients.
  • Comfortable working independently in the lab in a fast-paced environment.
  • Comfortable with high-level of autonomy as well as a goal-oriented approach.
  • Proficient in optical microscopy, spectrophotometric measurements, and basic textile measurement tools (tensile, tear, crocking, abrasion, moisture management/breathability, etc.
  • Knowledge of characterization techniques for the development of leather products.
  • Strong interpersonal skills: ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in written formats.