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R&D Manager - Emulsifiers Job


Tulsa, OK, United States

Employment Type:  Regular
Category:  Research and Development
Posting Date:  Mar 16, 2023

This R&D Manager will be responsible for emulsifier R&D, technical services, formulations, field support, and associated lab operations.  This person will supervise asphalt emulsifier and associated mixture testing in the laboratory both for R&D and technical service projects, manage priorities, schedule resources, manage materials, records, and team training.   This person will be responsible for executing AASHTO accreditation for the liquids testing laboratory.  This person will be responsible for raw material evaluations and new innovations in asphalt emulsifiers.


  • Understand and operate a safe laboratory working environment maintaining necessary training, organization, inventory, and cleanliness. 
  • Contribute to understanding of market dynamics, identify product needs for the market and champion innovation projects with sales, business development and marketing teams in the area of asphalt emulsions and applications
  • Balance technical service and innovation projects to develop balanced portfolio
  • Identify and evaluate novel chemistries and applications in collaboration with synthesis team.
  • Work closely with the BU leadership to drive the technical programs through the different phases of commercialization. Makes use of Portfolio management and Stage Gate to successfully drive programs to commercialization.
  • Active participation in developing and maintaining IP portfolio.
  • Maintain knowledge of specifications (AASHTO, ASTM, State DOT and, local). Maintain chemical and asphalt inventory, labeling, storage life and quality.
  • Responsible for talent recruitment,  performance reviews and talent development in the team. 
  • Create and maintain standard operating procedures to ensure consistent operations and quality data.
  • Provide clear and concise communication, in both written and verbal form, to internal and external customers. 
  • Some travel required to meet customers and attend industry conferences to showcase technical expertise



  • MS or PhD in Organic or Polymer Chemistry or Physical Chemistry or related Scientific Discipline required. 
  • 5-10 Years’ experience in asphalt related formulations and or related laboratory operations desired.
  • Experience in designing/selecting surfactants, material property characterization desired

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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