Lead Application Scientist

Location: Colonial Heights, VA
Date Posted: 12-27-2017
Position Title: Lead Application Scientist
Location: Colonial Heights, VA 23806
Work Status: US Citizen
Position Status: Direct Hire
Compensation: Negotiable
Position Description: 
Our client is looking for Lead Application Scientist candidates for a position located in Colonial Heights, Virginia.  A leading manufacturer of nylon 6 resins and films, which are used to make products important to everyday life – from automotive parts, carpeting, and food packaging to wire and cable, building materials and sports apparel. Fully integrated into many important building blocks of chemistry, including caprolactam, ammonium sulfate fertilizer, and many other chemical intermediates used to make products that make our world go around. Respected by customers far and wide as trusted partner that can be counted on for quality products, sustainable solutions and reliable supply.
The candidate will investigate solvent formulation/application development for our existing products, and generate new ideas for derivative molecules based on our current product portfolio and business strategy. Should also be able to aid in the synthesis of new molecules from bench to pilot plant scale. As a key member of a multi-functional R&D team, the candidate will provide chemistry leadership in developing and testing new solvents/molecules based on our current products and their potential application spaces.
  • Be able to leverage modern analytical methods (IC, UV-vis, HPLC, GC, GC/MS) to understand R&C processes and develop new products and applications for our products and their derivatives.
  • Application know-how and expertise/development skill in “additives” for the Coatings/Adhesives/Cleaning industry
  • Proven success in commercialization through Application Development is a plus.
  • Support Product development efforts with Application expertise in product design and faster commercialization
  • Utilize a strong chemistry background combined with statistical design/modeling tools to ensure effective experimentation and analysis.
  • Collaborate with Engineering team to take new processes/products from the laboratory to production, ensuring consistent manufacturing performance.
  • Collaborate with the commercial group to understand market needs for new products and target markets/applications, and conceive of and develop new molecules based on our existing product portfolio to meet those needs.
  • Maintain a safe lab
Required Skills:  
  • 10 or more years’ experience in an industrial environment, working with solvents use in application spaces such as: coatings, agriculture, and dispersants/coalescers
  • 10+ years of developing and testing new chemical products and finding applications for them.
  • 5+ years optimizing and commercializing chemical processes
Desired Skills: 
  • PhD in organic or physical organic chemistry 5 or more years’ experience in industrial environment – highly preferred
  • Chemical Engineer with 5 or more years extensive experience in Organic and Analytical chemistry in an industrial environment
  • Demonstrated success in developing innovative technologies and experiments
  • Technical competence - organic chemistry, physical organic chemistry, analytical chemistry, statistical, and computer skills
  • Excellent English communication and presentation skills and Teamwork capabilities.
  • Six Sigma Green Belt certification is a plus
  • Bias for action and results oriented mindset
  • Ability to work both independently, and in team environments
  • Creative, innovative thinker
  • Frequently shows ability to generate new technology and ideas.
  • Develops projects that will impact profitability of the business
  • Has invented, developed and commercialized new products and improvements in a technology
  • Demonstrated experience in providing process expertise and operating knowledge to solve customer problems and support sales.
  • Demonstrated leadership of smaller projects or components of larger projects
Required Education: 
BS or MSc degree in Organic or Physical Chemistry
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