Associate Investigator - Organic Chemist

at DuPont in Wilmington, Delaware, United States

Job Description

Associate Investigator – Vespel® R&D


DuPont Electronics and Industrial – Vespel® R&D group – is seeking an Associate Investigator to join our Wet Chemistry Team, located at the Experimental Station site in Wilmington, DE.

The successful candidate will function as part of the research and development wet chemistry team. The candidate will perform hands-on laboratory work under the direction of a technical Principal Investigator. The candidate is expected to apply scientific skills and expertise regarding the research project(s) which involve all aspects of organic chemistry working with hazardous chemicals. The candidate is expected to have a familiarity with spectroscopic instrumentation. While the candidate is expected to work as a part of an interdisciplinary team, the candidate is also expected to be able to work somewhat independently in the laboratory.

Main job responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

+ Independently conducting organic reactions, including reaction system assembly, monitoring, product work-up/analysis/characterization, and experimental documentation using an electronic laboratory notebook system.

+ Analyze results, recognize erroneous or unexpected outcomes, and make suggestions for a path forward.

+ Characterize material structure and performance, using various spectroscopic techniques, including, NMR, IR

+ Become familiar with and learn polymer characterization instrumentation such as DSC, TGA, DMA, TMA, Impact and Tensile Testing.

+ Properly document and report all experimental data. Present findings and results at team meetings.

+ Ability to use windows-based computer systems.

+ Troubleshoot and calibrate instruments. Author and prepare instrument manuals and SOPs.

+ Participate and follow all DuPont safety policies and best practices. Support process safety management (PSM) by maintaining laboratory safety documentation.

+ Order and purchase supplies when needed. Maintain chemical, resin and experimental sample inventory.

+ Coordinate outside laboratory testing, including shipping samples following proper DOT rules and regulations.


+ BS in Chemistry or have equivalent wet chemistry experience.

+ Good organizational skills and attention to detail.

+ Knowledge or working experience with polymer characterization instrumentation is preferred.

+ Ability to learn a wide variety of testing methods and instruments.

+ Experience with mechanical testing equipment is preferred.

+ Excellent communication skills with the ability to effectively prioritize, organize, and plan responsibilities.

+ Strong teamwork and interpersonal skills.

+ DuPont will only employ those who are legally authorized to work in the United States for this opening. Any offer of employment is conditioned upon the successful completion of a drug screen (as applicable). This role is restricted to U.S. persons (i.e., U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and other protected individuals under the Immigration and Naturalization Act, 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3)) due to access to export-controlled technology. DuPont will require proof of status prior to employment.

DuPont is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, national origin, age, veteran status, disability or any other protected class. If you need a reasonable accommodation to search or apply for a position, please visit our Accessibility Page for Contact Information ( .

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Job Posting: JC217159892

Posted On: Jun 26, 2022

Updated On: Aug 08, 2022