Platform R&D Staff Scientist - 2024 - 0277

at Ashland Inc. in Wilmington, Delaware, United States

Job Description

Ashland Specialty Ingredients, GP



Are you the kind of person that is always thinking, sketching, seeking, and adapting? Who needs to understand how things work and then figure out how they can work better? Are you a passionate, tenacious, solver who loves to work with others who share your drive? Are you positive, constructive, and ingenious?


Are you always solving? Then wed like to meet you.


Ashland has an exciting opportunity for a creative Platform R&D Staff Scientist to join our Specialty Additives business unit at our Wilmington DE research center. This is a very visible, significant role within the company and the specialty additives business unit. You will be responsible for working on new product development and its characterization and identifying new areas for product application. This position will report to the Global Technology Lead of recently launched Ashland Technology Platforms.

The responsibilities of the position include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Lead the evaluation of Ashlands innovative platform technologies in Industrial applications.
  • Responsible to develop leading-edge chemical additive solutions utilizing bio-based building blocks for industrial applications to meet emerging sustainability needs
  • Ideate and execute to create new & different technologies, including generating new IP, to meet diverse industry needs
  • Drive innovation projects through stage-gate process; lead cross-functional team on new application development in coatings
  • Design and execute experiments, interpret data, and build structure-property-performance relationships; possibly direct technician support; assist in filing of IP as required
  • Work with marketing and sales professionals to understand industry needs
  • Lead or participate in multiple research projects with members of multi-disciplinary teams to achieve targets
  • Communicate effectively with global internal and customer bases; build relationships with industrial colleagues
  • Maintain up to date understanding of critical science for development efforts
  • Actively contribute to the organizational goals by taking initiative, executing goals, and focusing on performance and safety
  • Improve the organization capacity and capabilities through building collaborative relationships, optimizing diverse talent and utilizing positive communications and influence with others

In order to be qualified for this role, you must possess the following:

  • MS with 5-10 years of specialty chemical industrial experience with coatings formulation, testing, and evaluation methodologies
  • Creative mindset with good scientific and problem-solving skills. Knowledge of polymers and an understanding of rheology and interfacial phenomena is desirable
  • Have proven record of innovation
  • Have strength in experimentation, hands-on skills set, and insightful data analysis
  • Have experience working with multicultural and multidisciplinary project teams
  • Effective oral and written communications skills
  • The ability to help the company drive greater value through creating the new and different

The following skill sets are preferred by the business unit:

  • PhD in polymer science, chemistry, chemical engineering, or related discipline
  • 2-5 years of specialty chemical industrial experience with coatings additives & formulations, testing,...

    Equal Opportunity Employer - minorities/females/veterans/individuals with disabilities/sexual orientation/gender identity

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Job Posting: 1260807

Posted On: Apr 18, 2024

Updated On: May 18, 2024

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