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Senior Chemist Job


Location: 

Exton, PA, United States

Employment Type:  Regular
Category:  Research & Development
Posting Date:  May 11, 2021

Job Dimensions:

  • Work safely and responsibly in a dynamic laboratory environment.
  • Responsible for independently executing synthetic experiments with inputs as needed from supervisor or other local experienced synthetic staff
  • Able to design synthetic experimental procedures and approaches with minimal or no supervision to progress day-to-day project work.
  • The position’s main activities include the synthesis and chemical analysis of new materials for R&D purposes, process development for new or existing products, modifications to current products as requested internally or by customers, and synthetic support for troubleshooting and root cause analysis for manufacturing issues.
  • Individual contributor or player/manager supervisor
  • Ability to perform strategic synthetic work which can feed into multiple application spaces such as Electronics, Coatings, Graphic Arts, Adhesives, Personal Care, and 3D Printing.

 

Key Activities and Responsibilities:

Lab Skills (50%)

  • Interest and willingness to perform hands-on daily chemical synthesis and analysis as detailed below.
  • Knowledgeable with hands-on experience in organic and polymer synthesis.  Able to independently modify existing procedures based on literature or lab results.  Able to design new experiments, reactions, and processes based on learnings and prior art/literature.
  • Knowledgeable with hands-on experience in standard lab analyses such as FT-IR, UV-Vis, GPC, HPLC, GC, NMR, chemical titrations, haze and color measurements.
  • Demonstrates a commitment to conducting all work activities ethically and lawfully.
  • Functional knowledge of key standards and regulations effecting markets and products
  • Conducts daily work activities with minimal supervision.
  • Is proficient with equipment and processes used in work group, and is able to propose and develop new methodology independently.
  • Knowledgeably utilizes Arkema Analytical and BU evaluation capabilities for material and product analyses.

 

Data Interpretation and Reporting (30%)

  • Reports and interprets results. Organizes and analyzes data to explain conclusions and outcomes to internal and external customers.
  • Communicates effectively, both verbally and in writing. Makes effective presentations to multiple levels within R&D community.
  • Recognizes and anticipates when intellectual property protection is needed.  Understands when to operate under a CDA and handles disclosures appropriately.  Can operate effectively within the bounds of a JDA.
  • Presents activities and results regularly to internal staff and as appropriate to customers or other eternal audiences (conferences, etc.).

 

Safety (10%)

  • Knowledgeable and constantly exemplifying the safe execution of lab activities.
  • Knowledgeable and constantly exemplifying proper chemical handling and waste disposal.
  • Constantly strives to maintain a safe, clean, organized work environment and seeks to improve upon existing practices and protocols
  • Active and supportive of company HSE and 5S programs
  • Reports and follow-up as appropriate on all lab incidents or HSE issues.

 

Interpersonal Skill (10%)

  • Team player willing to assist other within and external to the group to achieve company goals
  • Willing to supervise train younger staff as needed.
  • Willing to support other functions such as Quality, Purchasing, Sales, and Manufacturing.
  • May supervise one or two less experienced chemists, in which case this responsibility would pull some % time from Lab Skills to account for that time.

 

Context & Environment:

  • 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
  • Minimal travel required (<10%).

 

Required Education/Qualifications/Wrok Experience:

  • BS degree in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Polymer Science or other related technical field with 8+ years of relevant industrial experience, or MS Degree with 6+ yrs of related technical experience.

 

Demonstrated Competancies:

  • Established technical knowledge and hands-on accomplishments in organic and polymer chemistry.
  • Track record of successful R&D and/or Production support.
  • Established ability to tabulate, interpret and clearly and concisely report results and conclusions.
  • Strong track record of HSE performance and support
  • Strong track record of collaboration and team attitude.

Job Dimensions:

  • Work safely and responsibly in a dynamic laboratory environment.
  • Responsible for independently executing synthetic experiments with inputs as needed from supervisor or other local experienced synthetic staff
  • Able to design synthetic experimental procedures and approaches with minimal or no supervision to progress day-to-day project work.
  • The position’s main activities include the synthesis and chemical analysis of new materials for R&D purposes, process development for new or existing products, modifications to current products as requested internally or by customers, and synthetic support for troubleshooting and root cause analysis for manufacturing issues.
  • Individual contributor or player/manager supervisor
  • Ability to perform strategic synthetic work which can feed into multiple application spaces such as Electronics, Coatings, Graphic Arts, Adhesives, Personal Care, and 3D Printing.

 

Key Activities and Responsibilities:

Lab Skills (50%)

  • Interest and willingness to perform hands-on daily chemical synthesis and analysis as detailed below.
  • Knowledgeable with hands-on experience in organic and polymer synthesis.  Able to independently modify existing procedures based on literature or lab results.  Able to design new experiments, reactions, and processes based on learnings and prior art/literature.
  • Knowledgeable with hands-on experience in standard lab analyses such as FT-IR, UV-Vis, GPC, HPLC, GC, NMR, chemical titrations, haze and color measurements.
  • Demonstrates a commitment to conducting all work activities ethically and lawfully.
  • Functional knowledge of key standards and regulations effecting markets and products
  • Conducts daily work activities with minimal supervision.
  • Is proficient with equipment and processes used in work group, and is able to propose and develop new methodology independently.
  • Knowledgeably utilizes Arkema Analytical and BU evaluation capabilities for material and product analyses.

 

Data Interpretation and Reporting (30%)

  • Reports and interprets results. Organizes and analyzes data to explain conclusions and outcomes to internal and external customers.
  • Communicates effectively, both verbally and in writing. Makes effective presentations to multiple levels within R&D community.
  • Recognizes and anticipates when intellectual property protection is needed.  Understands when to operate under a CDA and handles disclosures appropriately.  Can operate effectively within the bounds of a JDA.
  • Presents activities and results regularly to internal staff and as appropriate to customers or other eternal audiences (conferences, etc.).

 

Safety (10%)

  • Knowledgeable and constantly exemplifying the safe execution of lab activities.
  • Knowledgeable and constantly exemplifying proper chemical handling and waste disposal.
  • Constantly strives to maintain a safe, clean, organized work environment and seeks to improve upon existing practices and protocols
  • Active and supportive of company HSE and 5S programs
  • Reports and follow-up as appropriate on all lab incidents or HSE issues.

 

Interpersonal Skill (10%)

  • Team player willing to assist other within and external to the group to achieve company goals
  • Willing to supervise train less experienced staff as needed.
  • Willing to support other functions such as Quality, Purchasing, Sales, and Manufacturing.
  • May supervise one or two less experienced chemists, in which case this responsibility would pull some % time from Lab Skills to account for that time.

 

Context & Environment:

  • 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
  • Minimal travel required (<10%).

 

Required Education/Qualifications/Work Experience:

  • BS degree in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Polymer Science or other related technical field with 8+ years of relevant industrial experience, or MS Degree with 6+ yrs of related technical experience.

 

Demonstrated Competancies:

  • Established technical knowledge and hands-on accomplishments in organic and polymer chemistry.
  • Track record of successful R&D and/or Production support.
  • Established ability to tabulate, interpret and clearly and concisely report results and conclusions.
  • Strong track record of HSE performance and support
  • Strong track record of collaboration and team attitude.

 

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 €8.7 billion ($9.7 billion) in 2019, and operates in 55 countries with 20,500 employees worldwide.

 

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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