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Chief Research Officer (m/f/d)

Netherlands, EindhovenTechnology & Research Department

Job description

Climate change is real and we need to act fast. Our purpose is to restore the carbon balance in our atmosphere. We believe it’s important to have a positive impact on society, the economy, and the climate. Do you believe in our mission?

Your role as Chief Research Officer

Given our continuous growth and the importance of our research, we are seeking a highly motivated and skilled individual to join and lead our research team as Chief Research Officer (CRO). Our CRO will work with and report directly to the CEO. You will guide our team of researchers that develop our sorbent material to capture CO2 from the air. In this new executive role, you will manage and oversee all aspects of R&D, including operations and the team. The team is an international, multicultural team consisting of 6 female and male researchers.

Your responsibility is to design the innovation roadmap, guid and coach the research team as well as understand business cases and their translation into technology research specifications. You're able to be a strategic and creative thinker who shows excellent problem-solving skills and who enjoys networking and collaborating with other disciplines. As our newest member of the Management Team, you have a great interest in our industry and oversee all R&D projects.

Are you passionate about both the intellectual challenge of the job and the purpose of Carbyon? Join our team as our Chief Research Officer .  

Your main responsibilities consist of:

  • Define, develop and implement innovation and research roadmaps.
  • Manage the team of scientists, postdocs, and students, by exception: you offer guidance and coaching.
  • Responsible for the quality of the team, objectives, and growing the team.
  • Closely collaborate with other disciplines, like product development and modelling.
  • Be an expert and first point of contact for all research questions internally and externally.
  • Understand business and use cases and their translation into technology research specifications.
  • Maintain your network relationships and collaborations to support our developments (e.g., with academia, and research institutes). 
  • Responsible for the global R&D budget, timeline, quality, and translation to a roadmap.
  • Collaborate with the MT on the outcome of the research activities whilst being motivated to achieve the best possible result.
  • Propose and write publicly funded projects to fuel longer-term innovation.
  • Proactively reinforce the technology IP portfolio for our IP officer.

Why join us?

We are a purpose-driven international and multidisciplinary team of engineers, researchers, and business professionals. We are not easily discouraged and are working together with everyone to ensure our dream comes true. At the heart of this, all are the people who are energized by our purpose: to reverse climate change! 

Furthermore we believe you...

  • Can make a real difference in one of the biggest challenges of our time.
  • Become part of a fun, international, diverse, growing multicultural team.

  • Work in a startup environment so never a dull moment.

  • Are encouraged to take ownership and to be part of the decision-making process.

  • Have room for initiating your own ideas where we stimulate you to share these within our organization. 

  • Your working hours are flexible because we trust you to do your work.

  • Can join our daily team lunch walks around the inspiring High Tech Campus.

  • Can participate in monthly fun team events and activities such as jeu de boules and pizza afternoons.

  • Receive a permanent contract and other benefits which you can find below. The more we grow, the more will follow.

Job requirements

The successful candidate will have a proven track record in fields of chemistry, chemical engineering, catalysis, or adsorbent materials, and have experience in leading and mentoring diverse teams of highly educated professionals. Additionally, the ideal candidate will have an entrepreneurial mindset, strong leadership skills and the ability to proactively navigate complex issues.


  • A Master's in a relevant field such as chemical engineering or chemistry with at least 10 years of industry experience. 

  • Substantial experience in fields of chemistry, chemical engineering, catalysis, or material science.

  • Demonstrated experience in leading research teams and highly educated professionals.

  • Knowledge of quality standards validation is a plus, but not a requirement.

  • A strong ability to work effectively in a fast-paced environment.

  • Fluency in English, both speaking and (scientific) writing, as we work in an international environment.

  • Lastly, you are living within commuting distance from Eindhoven or willing to move here in short term. Because that’s where the magic happens!

About Carbyon

At Carbyon we envision and contribute to a future where fossil carbon is entirely replaced by atmospheric carbon. Our breakthrough technology enables extreme energy efficiency and low manufacturing costs, turning it into an economically viable solution that can be scaled up worldwide. The startup mentality is highly important so you'll need to be eager to take a leap into our organization and know that it requires you to do more than ''just your part of the puzzle''.

Are you ready energized by our purpose and driven to work together on our mission? Please reach out to us. We would love meet you!

We are an equal opportunity employer and welcome applicants from diverse backgrounds. We strongly encourage diversity and inclusion. We welcome everyone to apply, especially if you don't tick all the boxes. Because we believe in talents to help us solve this worldwide challenge. We encourage women to apply for this position. We feel that an inclusive and collaborative team is more creatieve, stimulated to succeed, innovative, and more involved in the company. 

Netherlands, Eindhoven
Technology & Research Department


Perks & Benefits

30 paid days-off

You are entitled to 30 paid vacation days per year.

Flexible hours

You choose which working hours suit you best during the week.

Work equipment

You receive a company laptop and we cover your phone bill expenses.

Hybrid work

You can work from home or our office, whatever you prefer.

Permanent contract

You receive a permanent contract because we believe in our people.

More benefits will follow

As our company grows, our benefits grow with us. To be continued...