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Research Chemist - Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry Job

Date: Apr 24, 2019

Location: King of Prussia, PA, US

Company: Arkema

Req Id 30605 - Posted 04/24/2019 - Research and Development - King of Prussia. Pennsylvania. US

Based at Arkema's Corporate Offices and R&D Center in King of Prussia, PA, the (Senior) Research Chemist is responsible for generating analyses in support of Arkema’s R&D programs, technical service and manufacturing efforts for the N. American Business Units.  The data is generated for internal and external customers with moderate supervision.  This position requires hands on laboratory work involving sample preparation and inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry instrumentation and methods in a dynamic laboratory environment.  Work is to be performed in accordance to safe laboratory practices and with active participation in Arkema’s safety initiatives and programs


Specific job activities include (but are not limited to):

  • Prepare samples using various sample preparation techniques and analyze samples using inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS). 
  • Maintain laboratory notebooks, analyze and interpret data, write technical reports, and propose additional experiments as needed.
  • Communicate results to Senior Group Leader and to internal customers.
  • Perform routine instrument maintenance independently and via interfacing with instrument vendors as needed.
  • Comply with all departmental and corporate safety policies.
  • Propose and execute ideas for lab improvements and develop new elemental/inorganic analysis methodologies.
  • Prepare samples using various sample preparation techniques and analyze using ion chromatography.



  • Master’s degree in chemistry with 3+ years or a Bachelor’s degree in chemistry with 5+ years of relative industrial experience.
  • Ability to handle and work with hazardous materials, and to work safely and independently in a chemical laboratory environment.
  • Extensive experience using inductively coupled plasma coupled with mass spectrometry for quantitative elemental analysis including routine analysis and method development.
  • Extensive experience with various sample preparation techniques for ICP-MS including dissolution, liquid-liquid extraction, acid digestion, microwave digestion, ashing, and fusion.
  • Experience with trace level analysis (ppt, ppb) using various quantification types including external and internal standardization and standard addition.
  • Ability to execute experimental plans including sample preparation, instrument operation, and data analysis.
  • Experience with elemental/inorganic analysis of polymers is a plus.
  • Experience with ion or liquid chromatography a plus but not necessary.
  • Ability to troubleshoot and repair instrumental as needed.
  • Excellent communication skills, critical thinking, and problem solving/analytical skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to multitask effectively and efficiently organize workload in a dynamic laboratory environment.
  • Strong initiative and drive to deliver results and meet deadlines with moderate supervision.
  • Ability to pay attention to detail.
  • Track record of collaboration and team work.

A designer of materials and innovative solutions, Arkema shapes materials and creates new uses that accelerate customer performance. Our balanced business portfolio spans high-performance materials, industrial specialties and coating solutions. Our globally recognized brands are ranked among the leaders in the markets we serve. Reporting annual sales of €7.5 billion in 2016, we employ approximately 20,000 people worldwide and operate in close to 50 countries. We are committed to active engagement with all our stakeholders. Our research centers in North America, France and Asia concentrate on advances in bio-based products, new energies, water management, electronic solutions, lightweight materials and design, home efficiency and insulation.

Arkema Inc.  provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Arkema Inc. complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

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