Lead Chemist

Des Moines, IA | Full-Time

We’re looking for a Lead Chemist to help us build exciting new mobile software for teaching and learning organic chemistry. In this dynamic role you’ll wear multiple hats across development, communication, and customer success. The ideal Lead Chemist will have strong domain knowledge, experience with computational chemistry, and a genuine enthusiasm for communicating complex science concepts.

You Will

  • Act as a resource for our internal development team. Work closely with colleagues in business, product, engineering, and design to ensure quality and accuracy of chemistry content.

  • Champion the needs of students and instructors. You have special insights having been on both sides of learning and teaching organic chemistry.

  • Create interactive organic chemistry content. Inform the development of proprietary authoring tools, then use them to produce shippable content.

  • Assist with course integration. Using your intimate knowledge of both the content and our tools, you’ll onboard instructors and set them up for success.

  • Represent the product and brand at conferences. Travel to key events to host workshops, demonstrations, and communicate the benefits of our tools.

You Have

  • Deep organic chemistry knowledge. You’ve excelled in your academics (PhD preferred), spent time in the lab working on new discoveries, and have shared your knowledge through publications.

  • A passion for science communication and education. You have experience teaching or acting as a TA for an organic chemistry course, have tutored undergraduate students, or have led workshops to help others learn organic chemistry.

  • A strong working knowledge of computational chemistry tools. You’re an expert user of applications like ChemDraw, Chem3D, and/or Gaussian.

  • The ability to self-manage and mentor others. Ideally you have experience with project management, leading a small group of students or peers.

Nice to Haves

  • Relevant coursework in learning science.

  • Experience working on a software development team.

  • Programming experience (C#, Python, etc).

  • A broad understanding of physical science

  • Experience or interest in games or game development.

You’ll Get

  • To improve the learning experience for potentially millions of students.

  • To work with a nimble, mission-driven team.

  • A compensation package including salary, equity, PTO, and 401k match.

  • Generous healthcare coverage including medical, dental, vision, life and long-term disability insurance.

  • Opportunities for personal learning and professional development.


Substrate Games is headquartered in the heart of Des Moines, Iowa, which enjoys a rapidly developing entrepreneurial ecosystem. Thanks to a low cost of living and high quality of life, Des Moines is frequently featured as a top place to live for young professionals and growing families. Here you’ll find the ability to own a home, commute to work in less than 20 minutes, and enjoy a friendly and welcoming community of smart, hard working people. Des Moines is home to nationally recognized events including the Des Moines Art Festival and the Iowa State Fair, as well as numerous locations for hiking, biking, and more. If that’s not enough, Omaha, the Twin Cities, Kansas City, and Chicago are just a weekend trip away.

Substrate Games is an equal opportunity employer.


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