Research Lead - Validere
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Research Lead

Location: Toronto, Canada



What we are building

We believe that large industry verticals, largely ignored by modern computing, are changing at an unprecedented pace. We are a Y Combinator backed hardware + software start-up that provides lab quality testing in the field to industries like oil & gas. We do this by building our propitiatory portable testing equipment and software to replace the need for an expert to conduct testing.


Who we are looking for

Backed by top Silicon Valley and oil industry investors, we are rapidly growing. We are looking for a prolific scientist to lead an independent research program within the company. You’re an accomplished academic or industrial researcher with proven ability to design and lead a research program, and to lead a team. Reporting to the co-founders of Validere, you will lead an ambitious research program to develop new analytical tools and methods that make lab-quality analysis of petroleum products in the accessible to field workers with minimal training. This program will provide the foundation for Validere’s long-term product strategy.


Who you are

Minimum qualification

  • Strong problem-solving skills and a penchant for creative thinking
  • Ability to lead a team, to mentor and motivate others
  • Demonstrated ability to work well in a fast-paced, multi-disciplinary team environment
  • PhD in Physics, Applied Physics, Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering or related discipline, postdoctoral experience in academic or industrial setting preferred
  • Understanding of fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, phase behavior, interfacial physics
  • Some working knowledge of optics and spectroscopy
  • Basic understanding of analytical instrumentation or diagnostic equipment
  • Basic scientific programming (e.g. Python, MATLAB, C, etc.)


Bonus points

  • Experience working with the petroleum industry or petroleum products
  • Some basic experience building electronics


Who we are

We are a group of intellectually curious people who are passionate about bringing innovation to large industries like oil & gas. We offer competitive compensation including equity options – we want all team members to own part of the Company. You will have a full health benefits package.

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