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Sr. Chemist-Thermal Analysis Job


King of Prussia, PA, United States

Employment Type:  Regular
Category:  Research and Development
Posting Date:  Jan 1, 2022


Division:   Research and Development / Analytical and Systems  Research                     

Location:  King of Prussia, PA

Job Title:  Chemist, Senior Chemist or Polymer Engineer, Thermal Analysis


Situation in organization

Position reports to Principal Scientist in Thermal Analysis Lab

No personnel reports to this position and there are no matrix relationships


Job dimensions

This position is responsible for generating thermal analysis data in support of Arkema’s R&D programs and technical service efforts for its North American Business Units.  Additional project work is necessary. The analytical data is analyzed and reported to internal customers after consultation with a senior scientist.  This position requires hands on laboratory work involving a variety of thermal analysis tools and methods.  Work is performed in accordance to safe laboratory practices and with active participation in Arkema’s safety initiatives and programs.


Key Activities and responsibilities

Performs laboratory testing of samples using thermal analysis techniques (40%)

Evaluates and interprets data with supervision (20%)

Maintains laboratory notebooks, and appropriate records (10%)

Writes technical reports, attends technical meetings (10%)

Maintains laboratory equipment and supplies (10%)

Actively participates in Arkema safety initiatives (10%)


Context and environment

Position is part of the U.S. subsidiary of a large, international chemical company.  The position interacts predominantly with R&D and Business staff at the KoP site, but will occasionally work with staff from plant locations in North America, as well as with international colleagues.  Limited travel (<10%) to training classes and conferences only.  In addition to above incumbent will;

  • 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


Required Education/Qualifications /Work experience

BS in Materials or Polymer Science/Engineering or Chemistry.

Experience with thermal characterization and/or physical properties determination is desirable

General knowledge of polymer science is desirable

Laboratory experience and a basic knowledge of analytical techniques

Knowledge of Rheological techniques is a plus

Proficiency in data analysis and clear technical writing

Proficiency with computer software (spreadsheet, word processing, presentation and graphical analysis)


Demonstrated Competencies

Good organizational skills, proficiency in data analysis and clear technical writing

Ability to work both independently and in a team environment

Strong 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 €8.7 billion ($9.7 billion) in 2019, 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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