Senior Research Chemist (Agro Formulation),

United States, New York, Brewster

Business unit: Surface Chemistry

About AkzoNobel

AkzoNobel is a leading global paints and coatings company and a major producer of specialty chemicals, with leading market positions and brands in countries around the world. We operate in a number of important market segments ranging from buildings and infrastructure to transport, industrial and consumer goods. We’re also the sector leader in sustainability and are number one in the renowned Dow Jones Sustainability Index. In practical terms, that means our sustainable solutions are in your lives, and those of your friends and family, every day. We’re the people that make it possible for you to do what you need to do.


Job Context

The AkzoNobel Surface Chemistry Agro Applications Group operates globally and provides its customers with specialty polymers, surfactants, and formulated solutions to enhance the performance of their products. The Agro team does not provide agricultural actives but provides a variety of additives to formulators to improve properties such as adjuvancy, wetting, emulsification and dispersancy. The successful candidate will join the Agro Applications group in supporting the needs of its customers. This includes the in-house formulation and application testing of products to provide technical solutions to customers in the Agro market. The position is also responsible for the initiation, design and execution of incremental development projects addressing both customer and market needs. The position is laboratory based but the applicant will be a focal point for specific customers and will support Sales and Marketing in visiting those customers and identifying their needs. The applicant will also represent Akzo Nobel at technical forums and conferences presenting papers and posters as appropriate.
Key Objectives/Principal Accountabilities
- Provide technical support to customers addressing specific requests for help.

- Develop data to support the promotion of AkzoNobel products in agrochemical applications.

- Identify unmet customer and market needs and provide creative solutions through incremental and long term development programs.

- Provide technical input into the Agro Applications business strategy

- Forge close technical relationships with assigned customers

- Utilize best practices in formulation development

- Monitor IP and scientific literature for competitive threats and customer developments

- Have a safe and organized work ethic

- Deliver robust solutions based on sound science and meeting the customer’s expectation

- Maintains company safety standards and supports company values.

Functional Responsibilities/Network

Will be a member of the regional Agro TS&D group
Will be a member of the Croton River Research Group
Will provide technical support to Agro Sales and Marketing personnel

Vacancy data


Job characteristics

Closing date

December 31, 2099

Vacancy number



North America


United States


New York



Business unit

Surface Chemistry

Sub business unit

Surface Chemistry America

Job family

Support & Incremental Development

Hierarchy level


Full time/part time


Contract type


Job requirements/Candidate profile

Functional Competencies :
- PhD. in Chemistry or a related field 3+ years of relevant experience or Master's Degree in Chemistry or a related field with 5 + years' experience
- Experience in the development and formulation of agrochemical products .
- There is a strong preference for a practical person who is hands –on in the laboratory and who possesses good interpersonal skills enabling them to interact with sales staff and customers.
- Strong work ethic, good oral and written communication skills, and proficient in experimental design methods
- Results oriented
- Creative solution provider
- Management experience
- Team player


As a leading coatings and specialty chemical company AkzoNobel is proud to offer a competitive compensation package as well as a comprehensive benefits program designed to support the health, wellness and financial security of our employees and their families. Benefits include group medical, dental and vision coverage, group and supplemental life insurance, 401(k) with company match, tuition reimbursement and much more.

Employment at AkzoNobel is contingent upon the successful completion of both pre-employment background checks and drug screening. All candidates hired must be able to provide proper documentation of their eligibility to work in the US.

AkzoNobel is an E-Verify Employer.

AkzoNobel is an Equal Opportunity Employer – Minorities/Females/Disabled/Veterans (M/F/D/V).