Sr. Research Scientist - Surfactant Synthesis

Waukegan, IL

Posted: 10/24/2023 Industry: Laboratory - Industrial Chemicals Job Number: 322.23SK Pay Rate: 90,000 - 140,000 Experience:

Job Description

Sr. Research Scientist – Surfactant Synthesis

Do you have an Advanced Degree in Organic Chemistry, and experience making surface active molecules?  Want to work in a Bio-Based platform creating chemistries that billions of people use every day?  Come and join this growing team of Chemists doing Organic Synthesis and make an impact in this well-rounded team of Scientists that range in experience from entry level to 38 years of experience!  So much to learn so many ways to make an impact!

The Sr. Research Scientist position requires the individual to perform synthesis, conduct laboratory experiments involving method development, application development as well as various analytical procedures.

Position Scope

To contribute to the achievement of Company objectives by supporting the short, medium and long-term research and development for all company products and/or processes.  This work is primarily in the development of new/improved products or processes, new technologies, including the utilization of analytical methods and techniques, as well as product scale-up and transfer to production with support for initial production trial batches.

This role has significant impact on the company be finding new ways of using and producing existing products along with determining usefulness and applicability of new products/processes to better meet customer needs.  Since this role supports all business units, the employee will have the opportunity for cross-business project leadership and significant commercial team interactions as well as the ability to provide effective functional leadership and accountability to the technology organization.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Use knowledge of routine laboratory safety procedures, SDS’s and interpretations of hazards/toxicity data to perform all laboratory work in accordance with the written safety manual and site safety policies
  • Be a steward for safety and continually drive awareness to ensure a safe work environment for all employees
  • Use knowledge of chemistry and/or chemical engineering principles to lead and provide direction or general support to research and development team for products including product formulation and development, process development, competitive analysis, analytical method and technique development and field process support
  • Understand formulation procedures and technologies and incorporate this understanding into application that add value to customer products and processes
  • Write technical papers and reports with recommendations for future research and development efforts as well as prepare standards and specifications for processes, facilities, products and tests
  • Maintain accurate records of all laboratory work and research in accordance with generally accepted laboratory principles
  • Confer with Company scientists and commercial teams to conduct analyses of research projects, interpret test results, or develop non-standard tests
  • Use knowledge of scale-up and troubleshooting procedures in conjunction with experience developed from bench top work to develop detailed new product technology transfer packages to support the development of manufacturing procedures and process development
  • Provide technical support to cross-functional groups such as sales and marketing, product stewardship, sustainability, regulatory, technical service, and QC

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

JO:  322.23SK

Job Requirements

Technical Qualifications:

Research Scientist:  This position ideally suited for a candidate with a Ph.D. or M.S. with less than 5 years of industrial experience

Sr. Research Scientist:  This position is ideally suited for a candidate with a Ph.D. and 5+ years of industrial experience or a M.S. or 10+ years of industrial experience

Additional Requirements Include:

  • Thesis and/or professional experience performing synthetic organic chemistry, surface and interfacial sciences, materials science, and/or scale-up is essential
  • Experience in synthesis for new product development, product reformulation and success in bringing new products to full scale production
  • Detailed individual with strong project management skills
  • Experience with formulated products containing surfactants (surface active agents) for use in personal care, food, agriculture, lubricants, surface treatments, and the like are high preferred

Knowledge, Skills & Talents:

  • Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemical and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods
  • Strong planning, problem-solving, and organizational skills
  • Ability to apply logical and scientific thinking to a wide range of intellectual and practical problems
  • Ability to influence and work in cross functional teams
  • Excellent communication skills (oral and written) and interpersonal skills)
  • Proficient in MS Office Suite applications (Outlook, Excel, Word, and PowerPoint)

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

JO:  322.23SK

Meet Your Recruiter

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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