Atlanta R&D, US

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Title:  Sr. Research Scientist, Molded fiber

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.


         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. in Chemistry/Engineering with + 10 years industrial experiences


         Desired skills and experience:


  • Broad knowledge of natural wood and non-wood fibrous materials, manufacturing process of Molded fiber product, polymer chemistry, and Pulp and Paper.
  • Strong background and hands-on experimental laboratory experiences in pulping/repulping, refining, stock preparation, application of chemical additives for molded fiber product, and evaluation of physical, mechanical, and barrier properties of molded fiber product.
  • Knowledge and understanding of process and functional chemicals for papermaking 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