Atlanta R&D, US

Location Details: 

Title:  Research Scientist/Sr. Research Scientist

Your responsibilities will include:

•    Partner with multiple functions (Application, Sales, Product line, PSRA, Manufacturing, IP) to develop and commercialize new product in alignment with Kemira's growth strategy.
•    Develop application screening techniques to deliver on more representative results applicable to customer specific needs.
•    Plan, coordinate, and conduct laboratory tests to assess physical/chemical properties and performance of products 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.
•    Prepare and present written reports, publications and presentations that are concise, clearly understood and contain appropriate conclusions and recommendations.
•    Contribute to the business and R&D strategy development in the research areas of focus, and proposes new R&D projects to R&D and business leadership teams.
•    Actively manage and execute assigned work and propose new work plans.
•    Support planning project work in a variety of areas.
•    Some travel (10-20%) to customer and/or manufacturing sites will be required.
•    Potential for field trial support. 


Educational & experience requirements:

•    Ph.D. in Chemistry/Engineering with + 2 years industrial experiences or
•    M.S. in Chemistry/Engineering with + 5 years industrial experiences or
•    B.S. Chemistry/Engineering with + 10 years industrial experiences
 Desired skills and experience:

•    Have a thorough knowledge of Paper Coating and Converting Processes. 
•    Proven track record of designing and developing barrier coating product with enhanced barrier performance to water, oil, grease, water vapor, oxygen. 
•    Strong hands-on experiences in coating formulation preparation and testing in the laboratory.
•    Strong backgrounds in Surface and Colloid Chemistry and DOE. 
•    Knowledge of molded fiber or converting process 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.
•    Strong written and verbal communication skills in technical communication.
•    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.


Please apply with CV, cover letter and salary expectation at kemira.com/careers.


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. WWW.KEMIRA.COM/CAREERS