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R&D Scientist

Date: Apr 14, 2021

Location: Columbia, MD, US, 21044

Company: W. R. Grace & Co.


Requisition ID: 6507

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

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 polyethylene catalysts
  • Work proactively with a cross-departmental team of chemists and technicians to 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 safety activities

Required Skills

  • Independently devises and executes efficient experimental workplans to deliver project milestones ahead of firm deadlines
  • Develops new analytical capabilities and leverages them to accelerate invention
  • Documents and clearly communicates findings to both technical and non-technical audiences
  • Initiates ideation with co-workers, both within the SC catalyst groups and more broadly within Grace, to grow the company's technology capabilities
  • Manages all laboratory safety related activities, performs regular laboratory clean-up and 5S activities

Required Experience

  • Ph.D. Degree in Chemistry or related field
  • 1 + years of experience working in an industrial laboratory setting

Preferred Qualifications

  • 5 + years of experience working in an industrial laboratory setting
  • Strong background in inorganic, organic, and organometallic synthetic methods
  • Air sensitive manipulations (e.g. glovebox and/or Schlenk) experience strongly preferred
  • Experience with polyethylene polymerization processes.  Knowledge of silica supports considered a plus
  • Experience in analytical method development and characterization of inorganic materials, including specialized techniques for air-sensitive samples
  • Ability to manage a laboratory technician(s)
  • Experience with industrial safety practices




Grace is not accepting unsolicited assistance from search firms for this employment opportunity. Please, no phone calls or emails. All resumes submitted by search firms to any employee at Grace via email, the Internet or in any form and/or method without a valid written search agreement in place for this position will be deemed the sole property of Grace. No fee will be paid in the event the candidate is hired by Grace as a result of the referral or through other means.


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.

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