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(Sr) Staff Technician Job


King of Prussia, PA, United States

Employment Type:  Regular
Category:  Research and Development
Posting Date:  Nov 18, 2022

Job dimensions

The person in this position will be responsible for supporting key programs for the synthesis of new polyvinylidenefluoride (PVDF) products by conducting emulsion polymerization reactions of fluorinated monomers at the lab scale using high pressure semi-batch reactors. Work priorities and supervision will come from the Project Lead. The person will plan and safely conduct laboratory polymerizations, set up new equipment, perform data analysis, maintain a well organized research notebook and contribute to reports for internal distribution. While this position will be working in an R&D environment, prior experience is not required, although would be a plus. We will “teach you the science”.


Key Activities and responsibilities

  • Set up and conduct polymerization reactions in a safe manner consistent with SOP.
  • Maintain cleanliness of the work area and manage storage of materials and samples.
  • Perform polymer characterization, data analysis and prepare reports in support of R&D activities.
  • With supervision, plan and execute experimental programs.
  • Submit samples for analytical testing, manage getting timely response. Summarize results for reports and file documents in appropriate database.
  • Arrange and coordinate outside testing required from commercial labs as needed for capabilities not available within Arkema.
  • Assist with technical training of new employees and students.  
  • Perform a range of general support tasks including shipping of products or samples, preparing display boards for presentations, and purchasing of materials, supplies and unit modification.
  • Help to identify product improvement opportunities for Arkema Fluoropolymers.
  • Prepare work plans, PHA's and support all Safety related activities.


Context and environment

With the manufacture of the KYNAR® family of products, Arkema is the world leader in polyvinylidenefluoride (PVDF) polymers. Tasks and responsibilities (including day-to-day priorities) will be assigned by a Fluoropolymer Synthesis Project Lead. Management of multiple priorities and sometimes changing priorities is a challenge that will require high flexibility and strong organizational skills.  



  • Actively promotes safe behavior in the workgroup and takes responsibility for personal safe lab operations
  • Maintains clean, orderly and safe working environment
  • Maintains documentation and equipment including testing equipment, process equipment, lab notebooks, electronic databases and organized files
  • Plans and executes experimental work programs, analyzes data and documents results in reports, tables and databases
  • Communicates project progress at the Team level both in writing and verbally
  • Learns and develops polymerization expertise to support R&D overall objectives.


Required Education/Qualifications /Work experience

  • Minimum of High School Diploma. Those with continued skill development through relevant Associate Degree, Trades or Military experience is a plus
  • Strong mechanical skills, precision, attention to detail and an inquisitive nature
  • Communicates effectively both verbally and in writing
  • Experience with computer software applications and data analysis (word, excel, etc.).
  • Excellent organizational skills, strong interpersonal skills, independent problem solver.
  •  Hands on orientation to conduct experiments, trouble shoot and maintain equipment.

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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