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Research Chemist (R&D)

GAF Of Alabama • Little Rock, AR

Come Build Your Career Under OUR Roof

Job Description:

The Research Chemist will be responsible for formulation and applications development in support of our growing business of liquid applied roofing, waterproofing, and coatings. The position will be based at our Arkadelphia, Arkansas R&D facility. This role will support current business needs as well as develop solutions for liquid applied applications. The successful candidate will be able to develop both product/formulation as well as application engineering solutions for the market. Project assignments will be challenging, complex, and demanding in nature and require an independent, productive person that can execute multiple projects in parallel.

Duties & Areas Of Responsibility:

  • Plan and conduct research for the development and commercialization of new technologies and product concepts that provide differentiated performance in the marketplace.

  • Establish fitness-for-use criteria for specific applications and reduce these to fundamental material characteristics using knowledge of structure-property-processing relationships.

  • Develop innovative formulation solutions that enable improved coating performance, reduced cost, and increased efficiency.

  • Develop system-based innovations, including innovating in the area of application and process equipment development.

  • Be a key contributor within cross-functional teams across R&D, Marketing, Sales, and Manufacturing to scale up quickly from the lab to commercial scale.

  • Provides technical support to Marketing, Manufacturing, Purchasing, and Sales.

  • Maintain understanding and serve as a resource for internal and external customers on market-specific product, process technology, external technical community trends, and competitive intellectual property.

  • Produce timely project updates, develops presentations, and report out to internal and external stakeholders.

Minimum Requirements/Qualifications:

  • 5 or more years’ experience in a laboratory environment (academic or industrial experience)

  • Bachelor of Science degree

  • Must be a current U.S. resident and have the legal right to work in the U.S. without company sponsorship.

Preferred Qualifications - Education, Experience, & Skills:

  • Masters or Ph.D. in Polymer Chemistry, Materials Science, Chemistry, or a BS in Chemistry or Chemical Engineering with 10+ years of experience in the manufacturing or formulation of coatings, paints, resins, polymers, or similar materials, or other relevant science disciplines

  • Minimum of 5 years of broad research experience in the formulation of industrial coatings

  • Strong understanding of reactive chemistries. Experience in the following areas is preferred:

    • Methyl methacrylate (MMA)-based chemistries

    • Epoxy, two-component coating, or adhesives.

    • Single or two-component Urethane.

  • Excellent critical thinking, problem-solving, organizational /interpersonal skills

  • Experience with design of experiment methodologies (DOE).

  • Highly motivated and a self-starter

  • Must possess strong communication (written and verbal) skills

Physical Requirements:

  • Visual acuity to inspect products, read documents, computer screens, and file

  • Ability to hear and speak on the phone

  • Ability to bend, pull, and reach to perform position functions

  • Manual dexterity to perform data entry, filing, product inspections, and position-related functions

  • Ability to lift up to 50 lbs. (roofing products, etc.) on an occasional basis

Note: The statements herein are intended to describe the general nature and levels of the work performed by employees, but are not a complete list of responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified. Furthermore, they do not establish a contract for employment and are subject to change at the discretion of the employer.

We believe our employees are our greatest resource. We offer competitive salary, benefits, 401k, and vacation packages for all full time permanent positions. We are proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and GAF, SGI, and Siplast are proud to be affirmative action employers. We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity, or Veteran status. If you have a disability or special need that requires accommodation, please let us know. If applying for positions in the U.S., must be eligible to work in the U.S. without need for employer sponsored visa (work permit).