Principal Scientist

Louisville, KY

Posted: 12/17/2018 Industry: Laboratory - Industrial Chemicals Job Number: 549.18SK Pay Rate: 100,000 - 130,000

Principal Scientist

Principal Scientist uses his/her knowledge and experience to pursue product development and R&D goals, supporting the new product and tolling pipeline including synthesis, application / material characterization for these products.

Important qualifications include a commitment to scientific excellence, the ability to design and execute experiments that enable decision making; troubleshooting and solving technical and logistical problems.  Principal Scientist will be engaged with process simulations or Design of Experiments approaches, bench top, kilo scale, pilot scale, and kilo-ton scale operators.  The successful candidate is expected to network with lead scientists at the other company R&D centers.  This person must be able to independently manage technical and strategic projects and work productively with junior and senior colleagues.  The candidate will be part of the Global company R&D Team. 

The Principal Scientist will perform a wide variety of duties essential to the manufacture of chemical products while consistently adhering to all established safety and operating procedures.  This includes but is not limited to:

  • Responsible for new product development from bench scale to plant scale-up, developing creative solutions to overcome synthetic and manufacturing obstacles
  • Generate lab scale samples of new products for application work and customer evaluation
  • Work with the Pilot Plant and Plant staff during all stages of new product development
  • Interact with Tech Service, Sales, and Customers to solve customer issues and develop new formulations using company made products
  • Provide technical support to Operations and Quality Control on as needed basis
  • Demonstrates information capture by lab Notebooks, electronic data and authors technical reports and regular project updates
  • Keeps abreast of technical development in appropriate fields via literature review, patent analysis, etc.
  • Direct and supervise Lab Technicians in support of functions as assigned

**If you’d like to hear more about this opportunity and others we are currently working on, please contact Stephanie Kemp at 815.756.1221 /

JO:  549.18SK



  • Master’s in Chemistry, Polymer Chemistry or Material Science required. Doctoral Degree preferred
  • 7-15 years of relevant industrial chemistry experience (polymer, organic, materials preferred)
  • Research and Development experience in polyurethanes and in alkoxylation is preferred
  • Good organizational skills, verbal and written communication, and interpersonal skills
  • Solid problem-solving skills
  • Good understanding of intellectual property matters, regulatory laws and literature search
  • Demonstrated ability to master specific product / process and equipment knowledge
  • Demonstrated ability to provide effective support to customers and their applications. Occasional support to operations and quality
  • Proven track record of product / process development and scale-up, and demonstrated knowledge of laboratory equipment
  • Proficiency in MS Office, Statistical software like mini-Tab, and DOE methodology

**If you’d like to hear more about this opportunity and others we are currently working on, please contact Stephanie Kemp at 815.756.1221 /

JO:  549.18SK


Stephanie Kemp
Sr Market Recruiting Specialist

Senior Level Recruitment Professional with more than 19 years of experience in the recruitment and placement of Industrial Chemists and Scientists Nationwide from Entry level to Executive level. Resins, Adhesives, Coatings, Plastics, Lubricants, specialty chemicals, additives, inks, and more!!
I have been very successful bringing top valued talent to my clients, and providing expert level guidance to candidates in career searches.

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