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R&D Scientist

Date: Sep 8, 2021

Location: Columbia, MD, US, 21044

Company: W. R. Grace & Co.


Requisition ID: 19191

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 hiring an R&D Scientist for our Specialty Catalyst business in the polyofefin products group for a scientist that will provide R&D support to the GRACE catalyst innovation and UNIPOL® PP licensing businesses.  This position will report to the R&D Manager. The R&D Scientist will perform the following activities:


  • Develops fundamental understanding of analytical techniques to accelerate catalyst innovation and support polyolefin material science.
  • Develops and implements appropriate analytical techniques to support materials science and catalyst innovation
  • Develops structure-property relationships for polyolefin products made with GRACE advanced catalysts systems
  • Participates in multi-functional teams to implement new catalyst developments at GRACE customers
  • Supports polyolefin products troubleshooting as required by GRACE clients
  • Connects product design parameters with application requirements to develop market leading polyolefin products based on GRACE advanced catalyst systems
  • Supports polyolefin products joint development efforts with key clients
  • Uses best scientific practices to explore technology options and generate intellectual property that increase GRACE technical leadership in the marketplace
  • Writes scientific reports, invention disclosures and patents on polyolefin products that build on GRACE technical capability
  • Monitors competitive patents and develops strategies to oppose patents that threaten GRACE technical position
  • Writes external papers that showcase GRACE technology leadership in catalysis and polyolefins products
  • Represents GRACE in specialized conferences

Required Skills

  • In-depth understanding and experience with analytical methods including gas and liquid chromatography
  • Excellent problem-solving skills
  • Organizational skills to work in multiple projects and competing priorities
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Sound interpersonal skills and ability to form good working relationships with internal and external contacts
  • Superior written and oral communication skills and
  • Ability to communicate effectively in English

Required Experience

  • BS degree in Chemistry or related field and 10+ years related technical experience OR
  • MS Degree in Chemistry or related field with 5+ years of relevant industrial experience

Preferred Qualifications

  • PhD Degree in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering or related field
  • Independent technical project management skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a collaborative team environment
  • Understanding of polymer material science and polyolefins product development including structure-properties relationships, additives, testing and applications




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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.


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