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Sr. Scientist – Polymer Chemistry, Sustainability Science and Innovation

Job ID: 1782395 | Services LLC


Job summary
The Sustainability Science & Innovation (SSI) team is both the scientific authority for sustainability at Amazon and its sustainability research and development team. The Materials Science and Innovation (MSI) team is a new and growing team within SSI focused on sustainable materials research, development, and commercialization of new technologies. We inform Amazon’s most senior leaders on Think Big opportunities around materials and sustainability so that they may place big bets that will help us take care of the planet, benefit customers, and enable continued business growth. We also work closely with academic, government, and other industry partners to collaborate on developing new materials solutions that scale beyond Amazon applications alone.

We are looking for an experienced Sr. Scientist to help us develop and drive innovative scientific solutions that will improve the sustainability of materials in our products, packaging, operations, and infrastructure. In this role, you will lead applied research that is focused on decarbonization of the full life cycle of polymers. You will also partner with internal stakeholders on our business teams to rapidly transition new materials technologies to real-world applications.

In addition to developing new, innovative materials solutions, you will also serve as an internal subject matter expert, helping our business teams understand and make informed, science-based decisions related to the materials they use.

Key job responsibilities
• Develop and lead early-stage, strategic sustainable materials initiatives and effectively influence, negotiate, and communicate with stakeholders
• Manage innovation projects from ideation to commercialization
• Engage with external thought leaders and companies developing innovative materials solutions
• Stay current on new developments in the field of polymers and sustainability
• Provide subject matter expertise to time-critical questions from multiple business teams
• Professionally communicate to senior business leaders


• Ph.D. in Chemistry, or similar
• 5+ years of industry experience (post graduate work) working in the field of polymer chemistry
• Experience with polymers and plastics industry landscape, including emerging technologies
• Expertise in catalysis
• Experience with materials characterization techniques and analytical tools
• Experience working with renewable carbon sources for polymer production (biobased, carbon capture)
• Experience with how chemistry impacts end-of-life opportunities, along with an understanding of emerging polymers that are recyclable by design
• Experience working with external suppliers in the development process


• Experience with Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), with an emphasis on understanding the carbon life cycle of materials production and end-of-life
• Experience with biodegradable testing standards and methodologies
• Experience with materials development leveraging ML/AI (materials informatics)
• Experience working on thin film applications that require moisture and oxygen barrier properties (e.g. food packaging).
• Experience working with product or packaging design teams
• Passionate about sustainability
• Ability to clearly communicate complex technical concepts to leaders that are not experts in the field
• Strong technical communication skills with an emphasis on writing
• Strong ability to work autonomously and deliver results

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