3D Chemist - Contract role Job


Exton, United States

Employment Type:  Temporary/Fixed-Term
Category:  Research and Development
Posting Date:  Sep 10, 2023

3D R&D Chemist – Contract role
Arkema – Sartomer R&D team
Exton, PA


We are seeking a contract Chemist to join Arkema and our 3D R&D team, as part of our Sartomer business, based in Exton, PA.  This contract position will report to a manager, lead or senior scientist, and will be part of a team working in a dynamic laboratory environment to develop new materials for Sartomer’s rapidly expanding 3D printing product line.

This position is laboratory focused with core job responsibilities related to formulating chemical compositions of 3D printing ink, and characterization of materials across a wide variety of chemical and physical techniques. The researcher will experience and work with core research and development programs and gain exposure to the full process of product development. This position provides an opportunity to learn about and operate the latest in photo curable 3D printers along with analytical and mechanical instruments such as DSC, DMA, TGA, UV/Vis, FTIR, Refractometer, Viscometer and Instron. Data analysis, organization and formal reporting of results is expected.



  • Solves technical problems through manipulation of chemical recipes, printing hardware and characterization of 3D printing inks and materials.
  • Performs laboratory testing tasks using analytical techniques such as DSC, DMA, TGA, UV/Vis and FTIR spectrometry, tensile, MVTR etc.
  • Evaluate chemical and physical properties of various formulations and products.
  • Formulate products and components under the direction of supervisor.
  • Works in cross functional and cross BU teams to accomplish laboratory milestones.
  • Develop expertise in Sartomer technologies in areas of responsibility. 


  • Organize data for reporting to direct supervisor and functional management.  Explain outcomes and make recommendations for improvements or next steps.  Present results at work group and project team level, verbally and in writing. 
  • Explain project goals and status to business management and other internal customers.
  • Become conversant with overall Sartomer technologies and markets
  • Maintain complete and accurate records of experiments and results.


  • Compliant with all lab safety policies and procedures to maintain safe work environment.
  • Fully comply with and participate in safety programs.
  • Takes responsibility for personal safety and that of others.
  • Participates in departmental safety initiatives, such as observations and assisting in development of SOPs
  • Operate in compliance with site safety policies, including material handling and waste disposal.


Project work will take place in the corporate R&D facility located in Exton, PA.  As with all laboratories a variety of chemical, physical ergonomic and electrical hazards exist.  Safe work practices are a must and extensive training is provided to all employees to address hazards.  This position may require some local travel to other Arkema sites to share knowledge, technical skill sets and equipment.

  • Supports the site HES policy and complies with all regulatory and internal requirements
  • Participates in HES activities provided by site management and Arkema Inc. (e.g., Behavioral Base Safety, SafeStart, etc.)
  • Supports and promotes the reporting of all health, safety, environmental, near-miss, accident or injury incidents


  • Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering or Materials Engineering (with preferred majors in Chemical Engineering, Materials Engineering).
  • Lab or other practical experience through internship or university classes.
  • Basic computer skills (Microsoft Office and databases) required
  • Experience in UV/EB curing preferred.


  • Critical thinking and analytical skills.  Ability to organize, analyze and present data.
  • Demonstrated expertise in generating accurate and reliable data in a timely manner
  • Demonstrated ability to complete work independently in a team focused environment
  • Demonstrated ability to engage with multiple levels of organization


Building on its unique set of expertise in materials science, Arkema offers a portfolio of first-class technologies to address ever-growing demand for new and sustainable materials. With the ambition to become in 2024 a pure player in Specialty Materials, the Group is structured into three complementary, resilient and highly innovative segments dedicated to Specialty Materials - Adhesive Solutions, Advanced Materials, and Coating Solutions - accounting for some 80% of Group sales, and a well-positioned and competitive Intermediates segment. Arkema offers cutting-edge technological solutions to meet the challenges of, among other things, new energies, access to water, recycling, urbanization and mobility, and fosters a permanent dialogue with all its stakeholders. The Group reported sales of €9.5 billion ($10.6 billion) in 2021, and operates in 55 countries with 20,500 employees worldwide.

The diversity of its employees is an asset that the Arkema group wants to preserve. Its non-discrimination policy applies to recruitment, salary levels and career management. The Arkema group is committed to ensuring diversity among its employees.

Arkema Inc. provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Arkema Inc. complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence.

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