Research and Development Researcher, Automotive and Specialty Coatings

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Date: Sep 19, 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

Develop new and improve existing coating formulations and film casting methodology in alignment with Research and Development strategy and project/functional standards. Will gain insight into new developments and contribute to AkzoNobel strategic objectives.  

Key Responsibilities

  • Analyze, plan, execute, interpret and report experiments within business unit.  Deliver results according to schedule and business needs, ensuring quality and feasibility.
  • Correctly use methodologies, tools and systems while protecting AkzoNobel's technologies. 
  • Identify new technologies, technical solutions, and process optimization for coatings and paints.  Remain up-to-date on relevant research methods in the field.
  • Provide functional guidance of junior chemists and technicians.
  • Maintain and promote a safe work environment, complying with safety policies and procedures. Follow safe work practices for personal and equipment safety in the laboratory and the field. 

Job Requirements

  • Education and Experience must include one of the following:
    • Bachelor of Science in Chemistry or related field with 10 years' Research and Development experience in coating formulations and polymer analysis.
    • Master of Science in Chemistry or related field with 5 years' experience Research and Development experience in coating formulations and polymer analysis.
    • Doctorate of Science in Chemistry or related field with 3 years' experience Research and Development experience in coating formulations and polymer analysis.
  • Knowledgeable of polymer science and organic chemistry.  Experience in design of experiment (DOE) required.
  • Experience in coating film testing, analysis, and characterization required.  Must be knowledgeable of roll-to-roll coating.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

Total Compensation

The salary range for these skills is $105,000 - $115,000.  This is the range that we in good faith anticipate relying on when setting wages for this position.  We may ultimately pay more or less than the posted range.  This salary range may also be modified in the future.


Perks for Joining AkzoNobel!  
Medical insurance with HSA • Dental, Vision, Life, AD&D benefits • Annual bonus • 401K retirement savings with 6% company match • Generous vacation, personal and holiday pay • Paid Parental leave • Hybrid work for most exempt roles • Active Diversity and Inclusion Networks • Career growth opportunities on a regional and global scale • Tuition Reimbursement • Career growth opportunities • Employee referral bonus 

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