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Reference Number: 10847
Location: Richmond, Virginia, United States

Our Client, a multi-site producer of chemicals and allied products, has an immediate opening for a Senior Applications Research Scientist at one of its sites near Richmond, VA.

Job Description

  • Investigate solvent formulation/application development for the company’s existing products
  • Generate new ideas for derivative molecules based on the company’s current product portfolio and business strategy.
  • Aid in the synthesis of new molecules from bench to pilot plant scale.
  • Provide chemistry leadership in developing and testing new solvents/molecules based on the company’s current products and their potential application spaces.
  • Be able to leverage modern analytical methods (IC, UV-vis, HPLC,GC, GC/MS) to understand R&C processes and develop new products and applications for the company’s products and their derivatives.
  • Application know-how and expertize/development skill in “additives” for the Coatings/Adhesives/Cleaning industry
  • Proven success in commercialization through Application Development is a plus.
  • Support Product development efforts with Application expertise in product design and faster commercialization
  • Utilize a strong chemistry background combined with statistical design/modeling tools to ensure effective experimentation and analysis.
  • Collaborate with Engineering team to take new processes/products from the laboratory to production, ensuring consistent manufacturing performance.
  • Collaborate with the commercial group to understand market needs for new products and target markets/applications, and conceive of and develop new molecules based on the company’s existing product portfolio to meet those needs.


Basic Qualifications

  • MSc organic or physical organic chemistry with 5 – 10 years experience
  • D in organic or physical organic chemistry 0 – 5 years experience


Highly Preferred

  • D Chemistry with 5-10 years extensive experience in Organic and Analytical chemistry 
  • 5 or more years of developing and testing new chemical products and finding applications for them preferred, experience optimizing and commercializing chemical processes a plus.


Additional Qualifications

  • Demonstrated success in developing innovative technologies and experiments
  • Knowledge of solvents use in application spaces such as coatings, agriculture, and dispersants/coalescesers
  • Technical competence - organic chemistry, physical organic chemistry, analytical chemistry, statistical, and computer skills
  • Excellent English communication and presentation skills and Teamwork capabilities.
  • Six Sigma Green Belt certification is a plus
  • Bias for action and results oriented mindset
  • Ability to work both independently, and in team environments
  • Creative, innovative thinker
  • Frequently shows ability to generate new technology and ideas.
  • Develops projects that will impact profitability
  • Has invented, developed and commercialized new products and improvements in a technology.
  • Provides process expertise and operating knowledge to solve customer problems and support sales.
  • Demonstrated leadership of smaller projects or components of larger projects


Our Client offers competitive compensation, an excellent benefits program, relocation assistance and much more. 

Please send your resume in Word.doc format to Reed Rogers at and refer to Job No. 10847.