Senior Research Scientist


Contraline is seeking a Sr. Research Scientist to be a core member of our research and development team. This will involve performing studies and experiments on Contraline’s hydrogel-based products, managing external partners/collaborators, and involved in new product development/innovation. The Sr. Research Scientist should have strong, hands-on, and broad lab skills, data management and organization, and have experience with statistical analysis.

This is a unique opportunity to contribute, shape, lead, and influence within a highly entrepreneurial and successful company that is redefining both the contraception industry and hydrogel industry and will have tremendous impact on the reproductive health of men, women, and families worldwide.

Key Responsibilities

  • Design and execute laboratory experiments involved in mechanical, chemical, and biological hydrogel characterization.
  • Manage both internal and external biological evaluation projects and milestones, including assisting with animal and human factor studies.
  • Data management, data cleaning, and statistical analysis including hypothesis testing and predictive modeling.
  • Generate figures and reports for company documentation, including internal and external presentations, regulatory and quality system documents, and patents.
  • Provide input on R&D projects and contribute ideas and insights for new research products/programs, opportunities, and IP.
  • Develop protocols on new techniques, translate protocols in-use to SOPs, and validate protocols.
  • Assist with laboratory planning, inventory, and staff training.

Experience and Qualifications

  • 5+ years of experience as a scientist or engineer in a laboratory setting and involved in product development; preferably in an industry setting. Experience with hydrogels and/or injectable biomaterials is highly preferred.
  • Bachelor’s degree in an engineering or science-related field, PhD preferred.
  • Prior experience with a startup is recommended.
  • Experience having worked on FDA-regulated products (drugs or devices).
  • Strong programming stills (R, Python), 1-3 years experience preferred.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously and adapt to new goals.
  • Strong communication skills and an analytical mindset.
  • Extremely proactive and results-oriented.
  • Collegial, positive outlook, thoughtful and persistent personality with excellent interpersonal and communication skills.


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  • Medical/Vision/Dental Insurance
  • 401(k)
  • Paid Maternity/Paternity Leave


Charlottesville, Va.
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