Atlanta R&D, US

Location Details: 

Title:  Research Scientist, Wet End

Research Scientist

Kemira is a global company providing chemicals and expertise to operations around the world. We are committed to being our customers’ first choice by bringing sustainable value through improved product quality, better process and resource efficiency. We offer a result-oriented and collaborative culture that empowers you to drive excellence and innovation with a major impact on the future. If you have the right mix of curiosity, a drive for excellence and an innovative mindset, we want to talk to you.


We are now looking for an experienced Pulp and Paper Research Scientist for our Atlanta, GA location



Responsibilities and Accountabilities:


  • Conducting the design of experimental plans to screen new products and technologies targeted at satisfying customer needs.
  • Development of application screening techniques to deliver on more representative results applicable to customer specific needs.
  • Responsible for generation of data to support RFP requests for specific customers
  • Plan, coordinate and conduct laboratory tests to assess physical/chemical properties and performance of materials in Pulp and Paper applications
  • Assist in installation, operation, maintenance and troubleshooting of specialized equipment designed for pulp and paper applications. Identify and develop testing methodology to support process and product development.
  • Design custom test procedures, and identify or build custom equipment to test material and product attributes to validate features and benefits of new technologies.
  • Preparation and presentation of written reports, publications and presentations that are concise, clearly understood and contain appropriate conclusions and recommendations.
  • Responsible for contributing to the business and R&D strategy development in the research areas of focus, and proposing new R&D projects to R&D and business leadership teams.
  • Actively managing and executing assigned work and proposing new work plans.
  • Support planning project work in a variety of areas.
  • Responsible for routinely interacting with customers and discussing both fundamental technical content as well as applications related subject matter.
  • Some travel to customer and/or manufacturing sites will be required.
  • Potential for field trial support.


What we offer


  • Employment in a stable company with an established position in the market
  • Attractive benefit package
  • Great, multicultural and positive working environment


What you need: 


  • M.S. or Ph.D. in Chemistry/Engineering with +2 years industrial experience or
  • B.S. in Chemistry/Engineering with +5 years industrial experience


Desired Skills & Experience:

  • Proven track record of product development and applications testing.
  • Fundamental understanding and hands-on experiences of Applications testing of process and functional chemicals for papermaking, particularly in the wet end area including as strength resins, sizing agents, retention/drainage polymers.
  • QA/QC knowledge and manufacturing process knowledge a plus.
  • Knowledge and understanding of Pulp and Paper. Paper machine experience is a plus.
  • Proven success contributing to larger assignments for complex projects while working with more experienced personnel.
  • Ability to work in time driven fashion, often with minimal supervision.
  • Ability to take initiative to address issues and proactively find solutions.
  • Good communication skills – written and oral.
  • Must have key focus on safety and the ability to work in a safe fashion unsupervised
  • Good interpersonal skills – able to work in a multifunctional team environment.
  • Possess good Customer interaction skills.
  • Ability to seek out external funding for sponsored research would be an asset.


Kemira is an equal opportunity employer.


Kemira is a global chemicals company serving customers in water intensive industries. We provide expertise, application know-how and chemicals that improve our customers' product quality, process and resource efficiency. Our focus is on pulp & paper, oil & gas and water treatment. In 2016, Kemira had annual revenue of around EUR 2.4 billion and 4,800 employees. Kemira shares are listed on the Nasdaq Helsinki Ltd.