Research Chemist I/II


About Contraline Inc. 

Contraline is a venture-backed medical device company based in Charlottesville, Virginia. The company’s lead product is ADAM™, the world’s first injectable hydrogel designed to provide long-lasting, non-hormonal, and reversible contraception for men. The company aims to use its hydrogel platform technology to address global reproductive health challenges that have no solutions and large unmet needs.

About the role

This position is responsible for developing innovative biomaterials to enable next-generation male contraceptive implants and Contraline’s broader hydrogel platform. It will involve the design, synthesis, modification, fabrication, and characterization of polymers. The ideal candidate has a solid background in polymer chemistry and the working knowledge biomaterials and device/materials interaction. This position reports to the Principal Scientist.

Key Responsibilities

  • Actively design and plan experimental studies for the development of novel biomaterials. Specifically develop detailed study plans including scientific approaches and rationales, technical milestones, and deliverables with timelines
  • Synthesize polymers and other biomaterials; design and develop analytical tools to characterize new formulations
  • Execute, analyze, and generate reports from chemical and material characterizations (including NMR, FT-IR, LC-MS, MALDI-TOF, UV-Vis, melting point)
  • Support formulation development on cross-disciplinary teams
  • Develop and write working instructions and translate to SOPs
  • Translate experimental findings into scientific reports
  • Prepare data and reports for laboratory meetings, publications, patents, and regulatory submissions
  • Ideate and recommend new formulation, biomaterial, product, and technology-related ideas to supervisor and other research managers to maintain and enhance company’s position in the marketplace
  • Contribute to the overall company culture by planning events
  • Assist the Director of Operations with other projects and functions, as needed
  • Collaborate with internal and external partners on component qualification
  • Maintain Design History and Risk Management Files along with related records for Contraline products (DHF/RMF, DMR, DHR, etc.)
  • Provide Quality Engineer and Design Assurance support to Engineering and Operations to ensure risk-based approaches and compliance with applicable regulations
  • Drive and support updates to Quality System documentation as needed
  • Assist in supplier sourcing and performance management activities
  • Support internal, external and supplier audits as needed
  • Manage supplier communication and assess for appropriate change management activities

Experience and Qualifications


  • B.S. degree with a minimum of 2-5 years of relevant professional experience, or M.S.  degree with a minimum of 1-3 years of experience, or PhD degree
  • Experience in polymer chemistry and biomaterials is preferred
  • Experience working in the biotech/pharmaceutical/medical device is highly preferred
  • Good communication skills
  • Strong ability to plan and prioritize
  • Exceptional multi-tasker with ability to perform in a fast-paced environment while maintaining vigilant attention to detail
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively with teams
  • Self-motivator


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Job Type



  • Health
  • Dental
  • 401k


Charlottesville, VA

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