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Research Engineer (New Application Development Engineer - Specialty Chemicals) Job

Date: Mar 31, 2019

Location: King of Prussia, PA, US

Company: Arkema

Req Id 30463 - Posted 02/01/2019 - Research and Development - King of Prussia. Pennsylvania. US



The Research Engineer (New Application Engineer - Specialty Chemicals) is a R&D position within the Thiochemicals laboratory in King of Prussia, PA.  Planning, managing, and executing new application development to drive our innovation projects.



Arkema Thiochemicals Division provides organosulfur products (thiols/mercaptans, sulfides, disulfides, polysulfides, sulfonyls) for applications in electronics manufacturing, polymer and monomer processing and manufacturing, agrochemicals, oilfield, petroleum refining, mining, and natural gas odorization.  For the successful candidate, this position offers exciting exploration of a large variety of chemistries, applications and processes, along with the high impact within a very successful business.


The Research Engineer is expected to independently execute lab activities, drawing from his or her technical expertise and experience.  The role will drive new application development for our specialty chemical products through project team leadership, hands-on contributions to laboratory work, direct customer interactions and support, and collaboration with the global Thiochemicals team.


A successful candidate will have demonstrated abilities to

  • Develop, execute, and lead research related to the real-world application of specialty chemicals, materials, and/or polymers (65%)
  • Represent Arkema through direct personal interaction with customers and external collaborators. (25%)
  • Follow external developments in select technologies, develop new project proposals, and capture intellectual property. (10%)



  • To be most effective, the candidate will need to lead research projects, perform hands-on laboratory work, and manage day-to-day laboratory operations involving the safe handling of hazardous chemicals, acting on broad direction from supervisor. 
  • Key attributes for a successful candidate will include technical expertise, strong communication and organization skills, strong scientific curiosity seeking out new information and phenomena, and the ability to rapidly assimilate and act on that information, high initiative, and ability to adapt to changing targets. 
  • Travel on company business as needed but not expected to exceed 30%
  • Supports the site HES policy and complies with all regulatory and internal requirements



Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering/Polymer Science/Materials Science with 0-10 year’s industrial/post-doc experience with strong and practical knowledge/experience in the application of new chemicals, materials, or polymers.  Knowledge of polymer processing, organic chemistry, or organosulfur chemistry (thiols, mercaptans, sulfides, disulfides, sulfonyls) a plus.  Excellent verbal and written communication skills, and a strong desire to collaborate directly with customers and external partners are critical.



  • Strong knowledge and experience in the application of organic chemicals, materials, or polymers.
  • Good understanding of materials science principles linking materials processing, application, and performance
  • Lead hands-on lab scale polymer processing including extrusion, compounding, injection molding is a plus
  • Experience with chemical formulation development is a plus
  • Knowledge of organosulfur chemistry and applications (thiols, mercaptans, sulfides, disulfides, sulfonyls) is a plus
  • Very strong communication skills and desire to share and present technical results to customers and external partners
  • Organize, report, and give analysis of data and suggestions for future experiments based on results

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 €8.3 billion in 2017, we employ around 20,000 people worldwide and operate in some 55 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.

Nearest Major Market: Philadelphia

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