R&D Researcher

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Date: Mar 13, 2023

Location: Lancaster, SC, US

Company: AkzoNobel

We’ve been pioneering a world of possibilities to bring surfaces to life for well over 200 years. As experts in making coatings, there’s a good chance you’re only ever a few meters away from one of our products. Our world class portfolio of brands – including Dulux, International, Sikkens and Interpon – is trusted by customers around the globe. We’re active in more than 150 countries and have set our sights on becoming the global industry leader. It’s what you’d expect from the most sustainable paints company, which has been inventing the future for more than two centuries.

Job Purpose

As the Researcher II you will develop, prepare, execute and analyse research elements (e.g. problems, questions,i deas) in new film products and to develop new and improve existing coating formulation and film casting methodology, in line with the R&D strategy, project and R&D functional standards, in order to gain insight into new developments and contribute to the realization of strategic objectives of AkzoNobel.

Key Responsibilities

•    Delivering results on time for longer term projects, ensuring quality and feasibility, according to business needs 
•    Correct use of methodologies, tools and systems 
•    Protection of AkzoNobel technologies 
•    Functional guidance of junior chemists/technicians 
•    Identifies new technologies/process optimization and technical solutions and new application opportunities for coatings and paints and shares these with other professionals 
•    Maintains and promotes a safe work environment, complies with safety policies and procedures. Follows safe work practices for personal and equipment safety, in both the laboratory and in the field. End results are zero or minimum safety incidents and a clean, orderly working environment 
•    Sets-up, plans, executes, analyses, interprets and reports experiments within own unit 
•    Keeps current on uses and improves relevant research methods in the field, ensures retention of knowledge through research reports 
•    Participates in projects and ensures execution and delivery of technical results 
•    Formulates and presents solution directions and issues advice at request or at own initiative 

Job Requirements

Required Qualifications/Experience:
•    PhD in chemistry / chemical technology with 3 years of experience 
•    Master's Degree in chemistry / chemical technology and 5 years of experiences or
•    Bachelor’s Degree in chemistry / chemical technology and 10 years of experience
•    Experience in the R&D environment of roll-to-roll coating is required
•    Indepth knowledge and hands-on experience in coating formulation and applications is required
•    Sound knowledge in polymer science and organic chemistry is required
•    Indepth knowledge and experience in coating film testing, analysis and characterization is required
•    Experience in DOE (Design of Experiment) is required
•    Proven ability to take initiative and to perform duties in a self-directed manner 
•    Team player
•    Excellent verbal and writing skills

Additional Preferred Experience:
•    Prior experience in project management and Stage Gate process is a plus
•    Knowledge and experience in roll-to-roll coating technology and process is a plus
•    Familiar with various film fabrications and applications in the automotive industry is a plus
•    Knowledge and experience in polymer analysis and characterization is a plus

Level of Autonomy

You will make decisions regarding . . .

•    Project proposals 
•    Preparation of the research plans
•    Design and the execution of the projects
•    Preparation of the stage gates reviews
•    Testing and analysis of the results 
•    Structure/ property analysis 


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Acquiring Information

At AkzoNobel we are highly committed to ensuring an inclusive and respectful workplace where all employees can be their best self. We strive to embrace diversity in a context of tolerance. Our talent acquisition process plays an integral part in this journey, as setting the foundations for a diverse environment. For this reason we train and educate on the implications of our Unconscious Bias in order for our TA and hiring managers to be mindful of them and take corrective actions when applicable. In our organization, all qualified applicants receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age or disability.

Requisition ID: 27124