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Research Chemist Job


King of Prussia, PA, United States

Employment Type:  Regular
Category:  Research and Development
Posting Date:  Oct 19, 2021


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



This position is a hands-on role within an industrial R&D organic chemistry laboratory. Role entails setting up small-scale 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 organic synthesis (air sensitive and high pressure reactions), purification, and distillation operations
  • 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 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 5+ years of relevant industrial experience, OR MS degree with 3+ years 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 organic synthesis (air sensitive and high pressure reactions) and related purification/distillation skills are a must
  • Mastery of the operation, interpretation, and maintenance of gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (GC/MS)
  • 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
  • Previous experience with sulfur or thiol chemistry is a big plus
  • Working knowledge of Chinese language is a plus

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