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Polymer Chemist/Engineer Job


King of Prussia, PA, United States

Employment Type:  Regular
Category:  Research and Development
Posting Date:  Feb 1, 2023

Polymer Chemist / Engineer



This position reports directly to Scientist within Arkema’s Thiochemicals Lab



This position is a hands-on role within an industrial R&D polymer and organic chemistry laboratory. Role entails setting up equipment and conducting experiments under established procedures and in compliance with safety policies and best practices, documenting and analyzing results, and maintaining the laboratory. 


•            Strong focus on application testing for polymer, organic, and inorganic materials by standard procedures (e.g., ASTM). Scope includes polymer additives,             curing agents, coatings, sealants, and adhesives.

•            Strong focus on polymerization & organic synthesis (air sensitive and high pressure reactions), purification, and characterization.

•             Operating, interpreting results from, and managing routine maintenance of related analytical techniques such as gas chromatography (GC), infrared                  spectroscopy (IR), and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR)

•            Safely handles hazardous materials, or materials of unknown hazards, using good laboratory practices

•            Generates and documents results to support research projects, patent applications, technical service requests, plant support requests, technical literature,           etc.

•            Works with team to invent new products, applications, and processes in their area of expertise and assists in their commercialization

•            Serves as resource for functions outside R&D. Partner for supply chain/sourcing and can lead technical aspects of second source project and/or perform             experiments to resolve raw material problems.



-             Full participant within industrial polymer and organic synthesis laboratory, supporting a wide range of projects related to plant support, new application              development, and new product development.

-             Member of diverse Thiochemicals R&D team, able to work with researchers with different technical backgrounds and in very collaborative mode

-             Active member of broader R&D function, collaborating, as needed, with researchers from across Arkema’s business units and corporate team

-             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 incident




•            BS degree in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, or other related technical field with 2+ years of relevant industrial experience, OR MS degree of related               technical experience

•            Direct experience of design, construction, and operation of chemical process with ability to support equipment and design, modifications, assembly,                 calibration and maintenance

•            Microsoft Office proficient, specifically with Power Point, Excel and other computer communication programs

•            Experience in safe handling of high hazard materials and processes


•      Strong and demonstrated experience in polymer materials application testing is a must. Experience with polymer additives, coatings, curing agents, sealants,        adhesives is highly valued. 

​  •      Strong and demonstrated organic and polymer synthesis (air sensitive and high pressure reactions) and related purification/distillation skills are a plus

•            Mastery of the operation, interpretation, and maintenance of gas chromatography (GC) and infrared spectroscopy (IR)

•            High competence in the operation and interpretation of nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR)

•            Strong interpersonal skills with a track record of collaboration and teamwork

•            Excellent written and oral communication skills


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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