Applications Scientist (Entry Level)


BrightSpec is a rapidly growing life science tools company launching a powerful, unique, and proprietary analytical platform. We are seeking an Applications Scientist who will support the product development and production of our first-in-class Molecular Rotational Resonance (MRR) platform.

As an Applications Scientist, you will support BrightSpec’s MRR product line.  As an integral part of BrightSpec’s lab, you will study samples for customers and develops methods and other tools for use by users of its instruments.

Candidates should enjoy working in a fast-paced, mission-driven environment and be prepared to tackle a broad set of challenges as the company grows. This is an excellent opportunity for rapid career advancement in a fast-growing small company.

About BrightSpec

Backed by leading venture capital investors, BrightSpec is an innovative life science tools company offering instruments that harness the power of molecular rotational resonance (MRR) spectroscopy. MRR enables rapid, unambiguous molecular ID and quantitative analysis of mixtures without separation or chemometrics, and no reference samples are needed.

BrightSpec is working with leading pharma, industrial, and academic groups to develop breakthrough methods that will enable important advances in Discovery, Manufacturing, and QAQC. The work is supported by a rising number of publications using BrightSpec instruments. BrightSpec offices are located in Charlottesville, VA, and the MetroWest region of Boston, MA.  BrightSpec is committed to a diverse workforce and offers competitive benefits.

Key Responsibilities

The Applications Scientist will join a collaborative team focused on supporting the efforts of the commercializing MRR, a highly innovative and powerful form of rotational spectroscopy. The role will primarily focus on performing experiments and providing supporting analysis. Through this position the Application Scientist will learn about MRR, an emerging field of analytical chemistry, and gain familiarity with software tools such as Gaussian, to model molecular systems.  There will be exposure to a variety of industries including biopharma, chemical, and consumer products.

In this role the Applications Scientist will

  • Help curate and build a theoretical database of MRR spectra
  • Perform quantum chemistry calculations
  • Acquire molecular spectra using BrightSpec MRR instruments
  • Assist in method development and optimization
  • Help validate MRR methods and generate related reports

There are several career path opportunities at BrightSpec from this entry-level position including increasing responsibilities within the lab and customer facing roles.  By working with an emerging technology, you will become an expert in the field.

Experience and Qualifications

We are looking for highly motivated team members who are eager to learn new skills and become experts in an emerging field. We are looking for the following qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Science in Chemistry or closely related
  • Well organized and task-oriented with ability to work independently within a team.
  • Lab instrument and/or chemistry software experience (e.g. Gaussian) a plus
  • 1-2 years of industry experience in the lab a plus


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  • PTO
  • Competitive salary and bonus
  • Stock options
  • Health/Dental/Vision Insurance
  • 401K Plan


Charlottesville, VA

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