Research Chemist Job


King of Prussia, PA, United States

Employment Type:  Regular
Category:  Research and Development
Posting Date:  May 29, 2024

Sr. Chemist / Research Chemist 


Position reports to Fluorochemical Research Scientist.
No personnel report to this position


This position is responsible for conducting experimental studies designed to develop and optimize the performance of rigid polyurethane foam formulations using Arkema’s insulating blowing agents in support of Arkema’s Fluorochemical R&D programs.  This position requires hands on laboratory work involving a variety of wet chemistry, assembly of formulations, applications, analytical and materials testing techniques.  Work is to be performed in accordance with safe laboratory practices and with active participation in Arkema’s safety initiatives and programs.


•    Embraces Arkema safety culture; actively participates in company safety programs; ensures safe laboratory operations; and utilizes all relevant safety processes and procedures. 
•    Operates in strict compliance with the company code of conduct.

Technical Aims
•    Performs polyurethane foam formulation, analytical, and materials testing experiments under the direction of a scientist
•    Multitasks effectively and efficiently organizes work
•    Generates, evaluates, and interprets data with supervision
•    Maintains laboratory notebooks and appropriate records
•    Troubleshoots problems and proposes solutions 
•    Writes technical reports and communicates results to supervisor
•    Works collaboratively with the fluorochemical R&D team to solve problems 
•    Maintains safe laboratory practices and a strong commitment to Arkema safety culture

Record Keeping and Reporting:
•    Reports to department and technical team/leadership both verbally and in technical reports and presentations, experimental results, data analysis, conclusions, and suggestions for next steps.
•    Captures data and shares results in an organized retrievable manner to systematically move research forward. 
•    Routinely solves assigned and self-uncovered complex scientific problems by individual initiative. 
Intellectual Property: 
•    With guidance, actively reviews the IP space for relevant projects to identify opportunities.
•    Works with management and legal to secure IP property as required.


- This position is located at Arkema's North American R&D Center in King of Prussia, PA.  The position interacts predominantly with Fluorochemical R&D and Business staff at the KoP site but will occasionally work with colleagues from other business units, manufacturing and pilot plants, as well as with international colleagues.
- This position 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); and supports and promotes the reporting of all health, safety, environmental, near-miss, accident, or injury incidents.


- BS in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, or Materials Science and Engineering plus 2-5+ years of relevant technical experience, or MS in related field with 0-3+ years of relevant technical experience
- Demonstrated Ability to safely handle and work with hazardous materials and to work independently to design and execute experiments with supervision. 
-Strong interpersonal skills with a track record of collaboration, networking, and teamwork
- Good organizational skills, proficiency in data analysis, and clear technical writing
- Proficiency with computer software (spreadsheet, word processing, presentation, and graphical analysis)
- Demonstrated ability to work independently and within a team environment
- Strong problem-solving skills and attention to detail
- Excellent written and oral communication skills

The following skill sets are preferred:
- Experience with polyurethane chemistry and formulation development
- Experience with polyurethane foam synthesis and characterization techniques
- Knowledge of insulating foam applications


Who we are? Arkema is a world leader in Innovative Materials for a Sustainable World with the ambition to become a pure Specialty Materials player.

We thrive as One Arkema, comprised of many businesses and brands including Bostik, ArrMaz, and more! and operating with a global reach in 55 countries with more than 21,100 employees. Each one contributes to positioning Arkema as a recognized leader of specialty chemicals and advanced materials, reporting annual sales of €9.5 billion, of which 2.9% allocated to R&D for 1,800 researchers in 17 R&D centers.

If you pursue excellence, love innovation and are inspired by challenges, we encourage you through to learn more about our values – Solidarity, Performance, Simplicity, Empowerment, and Inclusion – and how we concentrate on advances in bio-based and recyclable materials, new energies, water management, electronic solutions, lightweight materials and design, home efficiency and insulation.

Changing the world requires the right formula. The right formula consists of our innovative and sustainable materials, and you. Join us to develop the materials of tomorrow and make a difference together. What are you made of?

The legal information below pertains specifically to positions posted in the United States, however we strive for diversity, equity and inclusion in all the countries that we hire.
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 and hiring.

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