Principal Research Chemist/Engineer,

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.


• Independently conceives, plans, and conducts research, which could have a considerable influence on scientific knowledge or technological developments. Usually performs as staff advisor/consultant relative to a scientific or technical specialty.
• Develops and evaluates plans and criteria for a variety of projects and activities to be carried out by others.
• Assesses the feasibility and soundness of proposed experimental approaches, techniques, or equipment when necessary data are insufficient or confirmation by testing is advisable.
• Proposes strategic R&D programs for chemistry and process.
• Regularly leads one or more Focus projects. As project leader, drives progress and reviews results of project team overall, as well as individual members.
• As an individual researcher, carries out complex or new assignments requiring the development of new or improved techniques and procedures.
• May be assisted by scientists or engineers, but the focus of this job is clearly technical rather than managerial.
• Consults regularly for manufacturing locations and Technology.

Job Context
The Surfactant business requires deep knowledge of surfactant synthesis and manufacturing processes on a global basis. The job context is to assimilate Surface Chemistry surfactant technology, develop new products and processes, and to improve existing ones. In this way a bridge of technical continuity is provided if more senior members of PPR gradually retire over the next few years.

How The Position Contributes To Business Strategy
Our business strategy requires technical continuity and technical leadership to serve the long term needs of our customers. A Principal Research Chemist/Engineer brings technical know-how, creativity and leadership essential for new product development.

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Closing date

December 31, 2099

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North America


United States


New York



Business unit

Surface Chemistry

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Full time/part time


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Job requirements/Candidate profile

• Ph.D. in chemistry or chemical engineering with 8-15 years post graduate experience in Organic Synthesis
• Knowledge of surfactants principles and applications
• Knowledge of organic chemistry with emphasis on nitrogen, phosphorus and sulfur derivatives
• Knowledge of analytical methods, especially nmr, ir, and gc/ms
• Knowledge of catalysis, especially transition metal catalysis
• Knowledge of unit operations for batch and continuous reactors
• Demonstrated creativity and work ethic
• Good mechanical and mathematical skills, including basic calculus and statistics
• Possesses a strong work ethic, self-starter, good oral and written communications skills, and proficient in Microsoft Office suite of programs, molecular drawing, and design of experiments (DOE)
• Possesses interpersonal skills suitable for customer interactions

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).