Chemical Process Engineer (Organic Synthesis)

El Segundo, CA | FULL-TIME

Principal Responsibilities

Cambium works at the interface of biotech and materials science to build sustainable next-generation defense products.  We integrate computational chemistry, product design, and advanced manufacturing methods to solve difficult challenges like hardening UAVs against directed energy, protecting payloads during hypersonic flight, and streamlining the defense product manufacturing supply chain.  Our people come from places like SpaceX, Anduril, Scaled Composites, Lockheed Martin Skunkworks, and US DoD Research Labs.  We are seeking motivated and exceptional people to join our team.

Cambium is seeking a Chemical Process Engineer to join our growing team in El Segundo, CA. The successful candidate will be curious with a desire to turn concepts into products, have a strong desire to help grow a company, and will help us build a work culture of open-mindedness that embraces creativity and contrarian thinking. At Cambium we’re willing to do things differently.


Cambium is seeking a Chemical Process Engineer to join our engineering team. You will oversee synthesis processes at a multi-kg scale, playing a pivotal role in the design, optimization, and scaling up of chemical reactions. You’ll work closely with senior engineers and contribute to our growing team in many ways. Your responsibilities will include hands-on experimentation, where you will actively contribute to the development and improvement of synthesis and purification processes. This entails quantifying product variability using analytical tools and implementing innovative solutions to enhance product quality and yield. Your role will also involve troubleshooting any operational challenges and carefully considering safety measures. Your passion for innovation, attention to detail, and commitment to operational excellence will be essential in shaping and advancing the synthesis processes. Your colleagues will turn the resin you produce into test articles, prototypes, and demonstration pieces. As Cambium experiences rapid growth, the responsibilities of this role are expected to evolve.

Key Responsibilities

  • Develop and optimize synthesis and purification of thermosetting resin monomers at a multi-kg scale, ensuring reproducibility and adherence to quality standards. Adjust these processes appropriately as the target products evolve.
  • Perform basic chemical analysis to assess and improve product quality and reproducibility.
  • Work closely with polymer and composite engineers to understand resin requirements.
  • Write appropriate documentation including process and product specifications and work instructions.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely key concepts, development status, performance outcomes, and lessons learned to your coworkers, investors, and collaborators.
  • Prioritize safety and OSHA, EPA, and local health and safety requirements.
  • Collaborate across multiple teams including world-class experts in biomaterials, polymer physics, composites, advanced manufacturing methods, aerospace design, and defense products.
  • Partner with cross-functional teams to improve proprietary tools and systems.
  • Create and contribute to the product demonstration and engineering teams in a manner consistent with Cambium’s mission and values and the growth of Cambium’s business.

Key Requirements

  • B.S. or M.S. in Chemical Engineering
  • 2+ years of relevant industry experience
  • Strong understanding of, and hands-on experience with, organic synthesis
  • Familiar with basic analytical techniques: NMR, FTIR, etc.
  • You must have a strong desire to learn and be willing to work in a hands-on engineering role
  • Due to the nature of the work, you must have US citizenship
  • Ability to complete tasks on time with little supervision
  • Strong communication skills and collaborative spirit

Preferred Qualifications

  • Familiar with thermosetting resins
  • Experience in the aerospace industry
  • Experience developing and documenting repeatable organic synthesis processes


Cambium offers a highly competitive compensation and benefits plan. This includes excellent medical/dental/vision benefits, and a matching 401(k) plan.

Salary: $95,000 – $135,000

Let us hear from you

If you are interested in joining our team, please submit your resume and brief pitch to:

Cambium is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer. At Cambium, all qualified applicants will be evaluated for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, genetic information, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected basis.


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