Computational Chemist

| Austin
Come work at Smarter Sorting!

About You

Smarter Sorting is seeking a Computational Chemist to help us in our mission to revolutionize the way we think about consumer goods. The world is buzzing with consumer products zipping from buyer to seller to consumer. Knowing the physical and chemical attributes of those products intimately unlocks troves of information relevant to so many industries. At Smarter Sorting our work touches on worker safety, international environmental law and much, much more. 

We want someone who doesn’t think a tube of toothpaste is just a tube of toothpaste. We want someone who considers the Sodium Fluoride and trace concentrations of Sodium Hydroxide in the ingredients list. Someone who considers the water-solubility, viscosity and the pH of the substance in solution. What do these ingredients mean for the product’s aquatic toxicity and skin-irritation potential? How similar is this toothpaste to other toothpastes? What about a body-wash? 

You have the chemistry knowledge to understand the foundational building blocks of all of the world’s consumer products. You also have the computational skills to scan, evaluate and analyze data at scale. Most importantly, you have the curiosity to learn and be part of something bigger!We ask crazy questions at Smarter Sorting and get extra excited when smart people want to come help us answer them. As a Computational Chemist at Smarter Sorting, you will play a truly critical role in a rapidly growing, exciting company. 

What We're Looking For

* Advanced Degree in Chemistry, Computational Chemistry
* Demonstrated understanding in leveraging chemistry and coding knowledge to facilitate complex processes
* Proficient in Python and SQL or similar scripting and databasing languages.
* Software Engineering Background or similar preferred
* Knowledge of Machine Learning Techniques appreciated
* Knowledge of Regulatory Landscape appreciated (GHS, SDSs, DOT, RCRA)
* Understanding of Green Chemistry And/Or Electrochemistry highly preferred

What You'll Be Doing

* Using millions of data-points about consumer products to create insights about consumer preferences and their regulatory ramifications
* Building calculators to estimate chemical information of consumer products (ex: “Will this paint be a flammability hazard?”, “How corrosive to human skin is this shampoo?”)
* Enhancing the power of our Automated Classification Engine (ACE)
* Learning the language of consumer goods regulations (SDSs for OSHA, Hazard Classes for DOT, Waste Codes for RCRA, etc)
* Consulting with product and data-teams for feasibility of new product add-onsAudits of existing chemistry related correlators

Your first month

* Ramp up on all things Smarter Sorting
* Review and audit chemistry results for consumer goods
* Create a calculator to evaluate a product’s corrosivity/flammability/reactivity etc

Your first 3 months

* Become an expert within some subset of consumer goods and their regulations: Volatile Organic Compounds for Aerosols, for example.
* Expand Smarter Sorting’s understanding of how to value and use chemistry information in Dangerous Goods Classification

Your first 6 months

* Support the product team in launching new products or services for the regulatory market
* Expand Smarter Sorting’s understanding of how to value and use chemistry information in Dangerous Goods Classification
* Fully manage chemistry related databases: the what, how, where and when of vital data imports from major databases (pubchem, ECHA, RTECS, etc)
* Write (or assist in writing) papers describing Smarter Sorting’s methods and results

Your Benefits & Perks
Competitive Compensation Packages
401k program
Medical, dental & vision insurance 
Short-term disability insurance
Generous Parental Leave
Unlimited Paid Time Off
Continuing Education Sponsorship
Bi-Annual All-Hands, Volunteering & Special Events (with baby goats in attendance)
Unlimited snacks & drinks

About Us
At Smarter Sorting, we are transforming the world through Product Intelligence. Our mission is to create a smarter, more connected world by revealing the underlying chemical and physical truths, and possibilities, of consumer products.

We provide retailers and suppliers the critical data points they need to best manufacture, move, market, sell, and handle products throughout the supply chain. From sustainability to eCommerce to regulatory compliance and everything in between, Product Intelligence is delivered when and where it is needed. At our core, we believe that when you know more, you can do better - for business, for consumers, and for the planet.

We are a team of data geeks, circular economy nerds, and math and chemistry wizards. We live and breathe the mission and values of Smarter Sorting every day, and are excited to be a part of something that just might change the world.

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We are in the heart of East Austin right next door to Sawer, Central Machine Works and all the best food.

An Insider's view of Smarter Sorting

What's something quirky about your company?

We always have baby goats, bunnies and chickens attend all of our company events because they've been scientifically proven to sharpen business acumen and bolster synergy.

Jared Robertson

Software Engineer

What's the biggest problem your team is solving?

My team is working to develop a product that will bring back of store technology into the 21st century. We are helping clients better manage all of their back of store processes by providing tools that work for them instead of tools that they have to work with. It's fun to be a part of a team that is building out a revolutionary product!

Maya Lozada

Product Manager

What does career growth look like on your team?

Smarter Sorting is extremely supportive of our career growth. One of our values is 'We will become experts.' This year, Smarter Sorting sponsored my professional HR certification exam fees and a class at UT. Our company is always willing to support continuing education.

Valerie Lara

Director of HR & Recruiting

What is your vision for the company?

My vision for Smarter Sorting is to revolutionize the industry with smart technology. I truly want to maximize the salvation of unsold or unwanted items and force people to second guess the word “waste.” Internally, I want to create a culture where genuine, talented people can learn and grow.


VP of Customer Success

How do your team's ideas influence the company's direction?

At our fast-paced startup, idealistic ideation, sales, & product development are largely one in the same process. It has been gratifying to see ideas and observations communicated in 1:1's or team meetings turn into Smarter Sorting products. Now, these products have been implemented across many of the US's largest companies!


VP of Strategy and Sustainability

What are Smarter Sorting Perks + Benefits

Volunteer in local community
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Daily sync
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Open office floor plan
Documented equal pay policy
Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
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Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
Company Equity
Employee Stock Purchase Plan
Performance Bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Remote Work Program
Family Medical Leave
Return-to-work program post parental leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Generous PTO
Paid Volunteer Time
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Company Outings
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Relocation Assistance
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Job Training & Conferences
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Lunch and learns
Cross functional training encouraged
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Continuing Education stipend
Online course subscriptions available
Customized development tracks
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