Design, plan and execute research and development initiatives in support of Hexion and customers. Conduct research on new product development to provide differentiated products within the Global Phenolic Specialties and Growth Team. Provide technical knowledge and mentor department personnel and peers within the business. Manage assignments within schedule and report findings effectively and in a timely fashion. Offer technical support to plant, customers and potential leads in new markets. Conduct literature searches and work with Hexion’s legal team in creating IP assets for the company. Travel as needed to visit customers and attend conferences.
Develop technology and gather data to support Phenolic Specialties and Growth Team’s activities.
Originate & foster research ideas, including “out of the box” concepts and solutions.
Significant focus on using polymer synthetic techniques for the Phenolic Specialties Team
Review, prioritize and execute on research plans for laboratory investigations.
Assist with the preparation of Records of Invention and be responsible for obtaining and maintaining patents as appropriate.
Prepare and distribute R&D reports that provide documentation of technology developments in a timely manner.
Keep up with current technical literature; attend conferences and present papers as needed.
Coordinate R&D efforts across Hexion labs, etc. to keep up to date on technology in the product areas.
Develop new and differentiated products based on market understanding and customer needs for enhanced product performance.
A high degree of focus on modification of products, a focus on catalysts evaluation, working with ultra high purity materials, and using material science understanding of polymers to develop products.
Manage projects efficiently according to plan and communicate status on a regular basis.
Coordinate technical activities within group and with other departments.
Support Marketing in their efforts to grow our business in new space.
Interface & communicate with management on project status.
Improve application testing and understanding of material science to support customer inquiries, create robust technical data sheets, brochures and web content.
Technical Service & Support
Provide technical support for customer evaluation of Hexion products.
Provide plant support and lead plant scale-up of new resins.
Offer technical support and services to customers or potential leads of Hexion’s ResonanceTM brands in various markets such as Tire & Rubber compounding and Oilfield markets.
Understand the needs of customers and find innovative ways to solve their issues.
Proactively, understand the formulation techniques in rubber compounding, friction and abrasives.
Understanding of flame resistance testing and properties and insulation testing and properties would be required.
Work with R&D Process Engineering team to develop manufacturing procedures for new products.
Participate in the appropriate monitoring of initial production batches of new (or modified) products.
Help the Engineering team to transition products from experimental to commercialization.
Create recipes and new product specifications in SAP.
Comply with Hexion’s safety goals.
Ensure that safe work practices are adhered in the lab.
Participate in monthly safety inspections to help maintain Hexion’s high safety and housekeeping standards.
Coordinate project management and communications regarding product development activities in support of business needs, in either individual capacity or teams. This individual will be responsible for developing new approaches to solving problems. Refer to Position Summary for further details on responsibilities with this position.
Industrial experience / independent investigative research. Hands-on experimentation. Experience in thermosetting resins and polymer science with in-depth knowledge of three or more of the following areas: organic chemistry, polymer chemistry, phenolic resins, rubber compounding.
Good verbal and written communication skills.
Degree in Organic or Polymer Chemistry: PhD and at least 2 years’ experience in chemical industry, or a post-doc in relevant areas described above, or alternatively an exceptional research track record
Demonstrated capability of creative thinking, innovation and “out-of –the-box” problem solving to create enabling technology or differentiated solutions to address business or customer needs.
Must be able to bring ideas to discussion that will help change direction of a project.
Ability to handle multiple projects and agility to switch between them. Must be able to communicate clearly and effectively (understand and respond) in person and over the phone.
Must be able to interface with Hexion’s various functions, customers and outside entities. Must be able to work with people, voice opinions respectfully and get buy-in from people.
Aptitudes: Must possess the ability to understand the meaning of words and their ideas, as well as instructions and their underlying principles. Perform arithmetic operations quickly and accurately, and possess eye-hand motor coordination.
Temperaments: Must have the ability to accept responsibility, perform duties under stress, adapt to situations requiring preciseness, and adapt to changing duties and responsibilities. Must be able to adapt to situations involving the interpretation of feelings, ideas or facts; be able to influence people in their opinions, attitudes, or judgements; and be able to generalize, evaluate, make decisions and perform repetitive work.
Understanding of structure-property relationship in polymer chemistry.
Synthesis, characterization and application testing of new polymers.
Knowledge in writing patents and searching prior-art.
Experience in project management is a plus.
A willingness to continue learning. Preferably have post graduate experience in next generation techniques and technologies
Positive attitude; abundant independent thinking but at the same time have respect for reporting authority to execute what is needed;
Ability to work beyond likes and dislikes and in a cross-functional matrix environment.
Demonstrated ability to manage projects. High proficiency in using computers to do routine tasks such as report-writing, communicating, presenting research findings etc.
High proficiency in using advanced tools to analyze data or proven ability to learn new tools to be effective in the job.
Demonstrated ability in using instruments and equipment for chemical and material characterizations.
Degree in Organic or Polymer Chemistry:
PhD and at least 2 years’ experience in chemical industry, or a post-doc in relevant areas described above, or alternatively an exceptional research track record, or
MS and at least 5 years' experience in polymer industry
We are an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to gender, minority status, sexual orientation, gender identity, protected veteran status, status as a qualified individual with a disability or any characteristic protected by law.
In order to be considered for this position candidates are required to submit an application for employment through our career site, be at least 18 years of age, willing to take a drug test and submit to a background investigation as part of the selection process.
Candidates are required to have unrestricted authorization to work in the United States.
If currently an employee of the Company, you must have current satisfactory work performance and in most cases, have been in your current role 18 months.
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