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Lead Scientist


About BlockTexx

Named as a 50 to watch global early stage company in 2019, BlockTexx is leading a global movement toward a circular economy for our customers and production partners. We develop planet-focussed solutions that divert textile waste from landfill and into sustainable products. 


BlockTexx is a clean technology company with patent pending and proprietary technology that separates polyester and cotton materials such as clothes, sheets and towels of any colour or condition back into their high value raw materials of PET and cellulose for reuse as new products for all industries.


Our mission is to divert textiles and clothing away from landfill and accelerate the global textile recycling industry towards a sustainable future.


BlockTexx is leading the global textile industry in resource recovery. BlockTexx is now scaling our operations and seeking a Lead Scientist to join our leadership team.


The successful candidate has a track record of success as a leader of R&D and commercial operations in the fields of materials science and textiles.


BlockTexx is an emerging company that is making significant impact in Australia with a global focus. The position will be responsible for setting and driving  the R&D strategy, overseeing lab. operations, managing our multidisciplinary scientific team, maintaining and building the intellectual property portfolio, and supporting the scale-up process all the way to commercial plant management and operations.


The successful candidate, as well as being a technical expert, will have a strong passion and concern for the environment and the desire to reduce humanity's impact upon it. They will show energy, enthusiasm and the resilience needed to drive industry changing innovative technology into mainstream applications. Self starting, highly motivated and passionate individuals will be welcomed into the BlockTexx team.


  • Designs and directs the research program for BlockTexx’s development strategy

  • Leads plant engineering team and equipment identification and purchase

  • Leads the development and maintenance of intellectual property

  • Leads the new opportunity qualification process

  • Identifies and creates opportunities for career development and growth of assigned personnel

  • Manages top performing research and product development team


  • MS or PhD in materials science, textiles, or a related field, with a minimum of 5+ years of business experience

  • Expertise in textile, fibre and chemical engineering & technology

  • Expertise in polymer chemistry and/or cellulose chemistry

  • Experience working in industry that includes new product development, strategy, formulation development, and budget management

  • Intellectual property development and leadership experience

  • Excellent project management, lab management, & people skills

  • Demonstrated and verifiable excellence in mentoring and development of personnel

  • Leadership philosophy that aligns with BlockTexx core values


This role is based in Australia and individuals will need the legal permission to work in Australia.


Application Submission 

Please submit your cover letter and resume using the online form below.

We will require references from 3 recent sources as part of the selection process.


The application deadline is Friday, November 1, 2019.

If you have any questions, ask the team via email:

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