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Senior Research Scientist - Polymer Composites Application Development Lead Job


King of Prussia, PA, United States

Employment Type:  Regular
Category:  Research and Development
Posting Date:  Feb 3, 2023

Job Title: Sr. Research Scientist - Polymer Composites Application Development Lead

 Job dimensions

  • Application and customer-oriented position, responsible for initiating and managing new product and new application development of organic peroxides and their formulations in composites market segment

    Interacts with customers to provide application support, understand the customers’ technology and identify opportunities for Arkema products

    Employee must work closely with global research and business teams in Europe, Asia and South America

    Coordinates projects with all Arkema functions, such as process technology, manufacturing, HES, sales and marketing

    Understands the science and technology of Arkema’s organic peroxide chemistry, products and their applications 

    Regularly participates in Arkema Inc. innovation activities

      Participates actively in appropriate professional/trade organizations or industry groups

Key Activities and responsibilities

  • Actively participates in departmental and KoP safety programs; ensures safe laboratory operations and utilizes all relevant safety processes.
  • Initiates and conducts research projects to develop new products and applications; projects can involve new formulations, or developing capabilities for applications research and testing.
  • Designs and sets up laboratory equipment, analyzes results, and recommends courses of action based on available chemical and engineering information.
  • Develops new applications in close collaboration with customers and aligned with business strategy.
  • Interprets and communicates test results to cross-functional teams globally.
  • Participates in Stage Gate projects as a team leader or team member.
  • Promotes Organic Peroxide technology through presentations, publications and participation at trade shows and conferences.
  • Assists customers in troubleshooting issues when using Arkema’s products and technologies.
  • Develops networks with other scientists within Arkema (US, Europe, China) to overcome issues, find solutions, and achieve objectives.
  • Provides monthly and quarterly reports on the status and impact of key projects; presents work internally and externally.
  • Follows scientific and patent literature related to the field and provide expert analysis.
  • Protects Arkema’s intellectual property and generates intellectual property when applicable.
  • Up to 15% travel may be required.

Required Education/Qualifications /Work experience

  • Ph.D. in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering or related discipline with at least 7 year of relevant experience, or MS degree with at least 10 years of relevant experience.
  • Background in physical organic chemistry, organic synthesis, or polymer synthesis or modification.

Demonstrated Competencies

  • Track record of successful project leadership, new product commercialization, and leading small teams successfully.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills. 
  • Strong interpersonal skills with a track record of collaboration, networking and teamwork.
  • Ability to work in a multi-cultural environment.
  • Self-starting ability with exceptional time and project management 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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