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Synthetic Polymer Chemist

Job ID GBU004394 Bristol, Pennsylvania, United States;

Solvay is an equal opportunity employer. We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected characteristics.

Novecare develops and produces formulations that alter the properties of liquids. It offers solutions to the oil and gas industry using the world’s largest
portfolio of chemicals. Novecare also provides specialty solutions for certain
industrial applications, agricultural and coatings markets.

The Synthetic Polymer Chemist is responsible for the leading research and innovation projects supporting development of innovative synthetic polymers.  

Position Accountabilities:

  • Maintain a safe work environment for self and others

  • The design, synthesis and characterization of new polymers – solution and emulsion based polymers – with new and innovative properties.

  • Interact with the application and development teams on structure, property relationships and modifications of polymer structure property relationship or a modification of polymer structure to enhance its performance properties.

  • Work closely with teams at the pilot and industrial facilities to ensure successful development - providing technical support and technology transfer to plant operations

  • Assist in the review and monitoring of patent/scientific literature relevant to business management


  • PhD in chemistry or polymer science and 6 or more years’ experience with synthetic polymer development or MS in chemistry or polymer science and 8 or more years’ experience is required

  • Proven record of designing, synthesizing and characterizing polymers, e.g. acrylate based polymers, is required

  • Experience with stage gate project management methodology is desirable

  • Understanding of Design of Experiments (DOE) preferred

  • Strong problem-solving skills

  • Strong interpersonal and teamwork skills – ability to work with customers in cross functional groups is important

  • Demonstrated communications skills (oral and written)

  • Travel expectation - 10 to 15%, domestic & international