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Polymer Research Scientist

Job ID 11203 Stamford, Connecticut, United States;
Regular

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.

Solvay is a science company whose technologies bring benefits to many aspects of daily life. With more than 24,100 employees in 64 countries, Solvay bonds people, ideas and elements to reinvent progress. The Group seeks to create sustainable shared value for all, notably through its Solvay One Planet plan crafted around three pillars: protecting the climate, preserving resources and fostering better life. The Group’s innovative solutions contribute to safer, cleaner, and more sustainable products found in homes, food and consumer goods, planes, cars, batteries, smart devices, health care applications, water and air purification systems. Founded in 1863, Solvay today ranks among the world’s top three companies for the vast majority of its activities and delivered net sales of €10.2 billion in 2019. Solvay is listed on Euronext Brussels (SOLB) and Paris and in the United States, where its shares (SOLVY) are traded through a Level I ADR program. Technology Solutions is a global leader in specialty mining reagents, phosphine-based chemistry, and solutions for stabilization of polymers. Its portfolio includes world class, leading-edge technologies and unrivaled technical service and applications expertise that support our customers in developing tailor-made solutions, in particular for mining, where Solvay's products allow customers to extract metal concentrates from increasingly more complex and depleted ores.

Job Overview and Responsibilities:
The Role: Polymer Research Scientist 

This full-time position is responsible for supporting the development of new technology platforms and associated new products to address evolving unmet market and customer needs in core and adjacent markets for global customers.


KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Execution of projects aligned with the Polymer Additives business/technology strategy

  • Validate, develop, and advance New Platform Technologies to be the source of future differentiated proprietary products

  • Lead cross-functional project team to develop new products for addressing unmet needs in core and adjacent markets as Project Leader

  • Develop, analyze, and make sound conclusions on projects and apply learnings in projects

  • Responsible for identifying IP potential for platforms and applications and file patent application if appropriate

  • Maintain up-to-date project folders and project data spreadsheets

  • Stay up-to-date with technical development, market trends, and customer/market unmet needs in core and adjacent market segments

  • Responsible for patent and literature monitoring (competitors and major customers)

  • Present new products at conferences and engage in innovation dialogue with key customers

  • Develop high level of industry knowledge in all core market segments

  • Develop subject matter expertise in at least one market segment (to be designated)

  • Write company reports and monthly reports

  • Other duties as assigned 


SAFETY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Understand and follow key Solvay safety policies and procedures

  • Demonstrate a commitment to safety

  • Attend monthly safety training

  • Know the location of first aid and emergency response equipment, chemicals, and chemical documentation

  • Obtain equipment or process specific safety training as necessary according to the specific hazards





Education and Experience:

  • Minimum B.S. degree in chemistry, polymer science, polymer chemistry, or relevant science or engineering field 
  • 3+ years of hands-on lab work experience in an technical area 

Preferred 
  • Practical polymer formulation and polymer processing experience preferred
  • Polymer Processing: Extrusion, Injection Molding, Rotomolding, heated press
  • Polymer Testing: MFI, Color, Gloss, physical properties
  • Testing Protocols: Weathering, thermal ageing



Skills:
  • Proactive, takes initiative, entrepreneurial, dynamic, flexible and able to multitask   
  • Problem solving and troubleshooting skills required
  • Analytical skills: This role requires special insight into analysis of data: Analytical data interpretation: TGA/DSC, SEM, HPLC/GC, FTIR, 
  • Effective oral and written communication skills
  • Presentation skills
  • Project leadership skills
  • Ability to work in a team setting
  • Ability to engage in innovation dialogues with customersetc.
  • Ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously and keep projects on target and on schedule
  • Customer focus: candidate required to be dedicated and sensitive to the customer needs.



Additional Information
You must have work authorization to work in the United States without the need of sponsorship either now or in the future. At this time Solvay is not offering work sponsorship for this position.  

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