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R&D Scientist

Date: Jun 24, 2019

Location: Columbia, MD, US, 21044

Company: W. R. Grace & Co.

Job Description

Grace is hiring a R&D Scientist to work at our Columbia, MD headquarters location. As a chemist at Grace, you will be part of a polyolefin research and development team and perform the following activities:



  • Support new product development in the Specialty Catalyst business, with a strong emphasis on silicas, inorganic oxide supports, and chromium-based catalysts.
  • Working with a team of chemists and technicians, drive development of market-leading PE catalyst technologies.
  • Align closely with marketing to understand customer needs and provide technical solutions that are economically viable
  • Engage in technical support activities within the business, balancing efforts to enhance manufacturing operational excellence with new technology growth
  • Work with the process development group to scale-up and commercialize new PE support and catalyst technologies.
  • Participate in corporate, site, and workgroup related safety activities.
Required Skills
  • Document and communicate findings to both technical and non-technical audiences
  • Initiate ideation with co-workers, both within the SC catalyst groups and more broadly within Grace, to grow the company's technology opportunities
  • Identify inventive aspects of new technology development and work with Grace legal to capture and protect such intellectual property
  • Maintain cost controls for specific project activities, including expenses for direct reports.
  • Manages all laboratory safety related activities, performs regular laboratory clean-up and 5S activities.
Required Experience
  • Ph.D. Degree in Chemistry or related field.
  • 2-10 years of experience working in an industrial laboratory setting.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Strong background in inorganic, organic, and organometallic synthetic methods
  • Experience with polyethylene polymerization processes.  Knowledge of chromium catalysts and/or silica supports considered a plus
  • Air sensitive manipulations (e.g. glovebox and/or Schlenk) considered a plus.
  • Experience in analytical characterization of inorganic materials, including specialized techniques for air-sensitive samples
  • Ability to summarize and present complex technical concepts to non-scientific audiences
  • Ability to manage a laboratory technician(s)
  • Independent technical project management skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a collaborative team environment
  • Experience with industrial safety practices
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills

Nearest Major Market: Baltimore