Chemical - Plant, Chemical - Process Engineering, Chemical - Research and Development, Chemical Engineering
The primary responsibility of this position is to lead the synthesis effort of innovative, differentiating chemistry to drive Albemarle’s new product portfolio to success. The incumbent is a member of the New Product Development Group with the mission to commercialize new products in contribution to the Bromine Global Business units’ growth goal. The incumbent will successfully identify and execute routes for the synthesis of novel target molecules while meeting objectives for cost and production. The position reports directly to the Director of New Product Development (NPD).
Determine and implement research strategy for respective projects in the New Product Development portfolio
Generate ideas, identify and execute routes for the synthesis of novel target molecules to meet critical to success criteria for the assigned program
Enhance Albemarle’s professional image and competitive advantage through patents, presentations, publications and professional activities. Advance areas such as science and process technology development
Keep Program Leader informed of progress and activities. Participate actively in department and project meetings
Maintain close collaboration with fellow chemists and scientists in a team environment that is focused on achieving commercialization success and common goals
Function as mentor to aspiring early career scientists. Productively collaborate with NPD team members and across scientific disciplines
Follow safe laboratory practices in compliance with EHS, safety officers, and delegates to ensure that the laboratory is a safe work environment. Recognizes potential safety issues, documents and discusses them with management and takes action to rectify them
Assume responsibility for assigned laboratory equipment, ensures that they are properly maintained and serviced, and facilitates their use by other scientists
Prepare and deliver reports, provide internal and external presentations
Required Education and Experience
Ph.D. degree in chemistry
9+ years of synthesis experience in the specialty chemicals space preferably with significant work on specialty polymer synthesis
History of scientific excellence in research in the specialty chemistry industry or agrochemical field. Record of publications and patents
Innovative thinker who can identify multiple ways to synthesize molecules. High experimental skill, demonstrated creativity in organic synthesis
Demonstrated track record of using chemistry and creativity to address market needs
Experience in analytical methods such as chromatography, NMR, MS and supplemental techniques
High level of health, safety, and environmental awareness
Self-motivated and self-directed. Committed to setting his/her own path in the area of deep understanding and learning of project related science
Have strong organizational and planning skills, ability to meet project timelines and commitments. Aptitude to work on multiple projects
Desired Experience and Competencies
Background in surfactants, electrochemistry or polymer characterization.
Experience in selection and sourcing of raw materials; setting specifications; economic and regulatory constraints will be an asset. Pays attention to avoiding reactions and processes that do not scale well
Proven new product development experience from project inception to technical innovation, manufacturing scale up and successful market launch
Understanding of patent strategy through matter of composition, application and process patents
Internal Number: REQ-5584
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