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Reactive Hazards Chemist

Date: Mar 26, 2021

Location: Baton Rouge, LA, US, 70805

Company: W. R. Grace & Co.

Requisition ID: 6580

Built on talent, technology, and trust, Grace is a leading global supplier of catalysts and engineered materials. The company’s two industry-leading business segments—Catalysts Technologies and Materials Technologies—provide innovative products, technologies, and services that enhance the products and processes of our customers around the world. Grace employs approximately 3,900 people in over 30 countries.


Job Description

We're adding a Reactive Hazards Chemist at our Baton Rouge, LA site to report to the Reactive Hazards Process Safety Leader to be responsible for the study of both synthesis chemistry and decomposition reactions to characterize the hazards posed in terms of energy release and pressure generation. You'll conduct calorimetry experiments, literature reviews, and interface with others to obtain analytical data as needed.  Results of these investigations will be documented in reports and distributed. You will collaborate with global process teams, Reactive Hazards Process Safety Leader and Manager for completion of investigations. Additional responsibilities: 

  • Design of experiments to study heat of reaction and kinetics for synthesis reactions.
  • Operation of RC1 reaction calorimeter to study synthesis reactions.
  • Work with process team to acquire materials and develop a plan to run synthesis chemistry in reaction calorimeter.
  • Conduct Lab Safety Audits prior to running RC1 experiments.
  • Design of experiments to study decomposition reactions.
  • Operation of ES-ARC calorimeter as well as other calorimeters such as ARSST, TAM, Calvet, and DSC.
  • Maintain lab in accordance with site policies regarding safety and waste handling.
  • Keep inventory of needed chemicals and calorimeter consumables/spares stocked.
  • Troubleshoot calorimeter performance issues with aid of manufacturer; Submit and track lab maintenance requests.
  • Perform literature reviews on thermal hazards associated with both intended chemistry and secondary reactions.
  • Coordinate with analytical group to run additional experiments as needed to characterize elementary steps of decomposition reactions.
  • Review level of investigation detail needed to characterize reactive hazards with Reactive Hazards Process Safety Leader.
  • Communicate lab status to Reactive Hazards Services Manager so priority can be set on projects.
  • Write reports documenting the results of investigations into synthesis chemistry and decomposition reactions.

Required Skills

  • Experience writing technical reports and presenting data.

Required Experience

  • B.S. degree in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, or related science
  • 3+ years of laboratory experience performing experiments for fine chemical or pharmaceutical company

Preferred Qualifications

  • Operation of reaction calorimeters such as the RC-1 
  • Operation of calorimeters such as ARC, ARSST, TAM, Calvet, and DSC 
  • Experience in handling air-sensitive chemicals 
  • Experience in characterizing decomposition mechanisms 

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EOE Statement:  W. R. Grace & Co. is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, veteran status or any other legally protected status.


If you are a qualified individual with a disability or a disabled veteran, you may request a reasonable accommodation.

Nearest Major Market: Baton Rouge