Research Chemist (Materials R&D)


JOB PURPOSE: The Materials R&D Chemist assists in product development through synthesis and characterization of new and existing materials, develops and documents characterization procedures and test data, as well as reports results and observations to other members of the R&D team under the direction and supervision of more senior level employees. 


  • Execute the synthesis of polymers and monomer / small molecule targets for internal evaluations and external customers
  • Analyze chemical and physical properties, troubleshooting and optimizing factors related to product performance
  • Assist with the development and validation of analytical methods for characterization of polymers
  • Partner with scale-up team to realize scale-up goals through information and document transfer and direct support
  • Follow precise instructions and provide quality data within specified timeframes.  Take initiative in identifying, reporting, and trouble-shooting problems or inconsistent data and proactively address remediation.  Demonstrate flexibility in dealing with shifting priorities
  • Apply basic troubleshooting skills to daily tasks and prioritize and optimize workflow to achieve efficiency
  • Review and evaluate patents and literature which could have an impact on Materia business and future projects that are published by third parties while updating R&D team on a regular basis.
  • Accurate recordkeeping, housekeeping, lab supplies, and work areas.  Complete all assignments in a safe manner


  • BS or MS degree in chemistry or material science
  • 2 years of industrial experience in polymer synthesis
  • Demonstrated experience using analytical equipment such as NMR, GC-MS, FTIR, DSC
  • Experience in synthesis and purification of organic compounds, preferably polymers
  • Excellent written and verbal communication and presentation skills