R&D Scientist - Polyolefin Catalysts

Date: Sep 13, 2023

Location: Columbia, MD, US, 21044

Company: W. R. Grace & Co.

Requisition ID: 22241 

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 4,300 people in over 30 countries.

Job Description


Grace is seeking a R&D Scientist to join our Research and Development team to support single-site polyolefin catalyst design. This role reports to the Director of R&D and is located in Columbia, MD.  Specifically, the role’s primary function is to drive expansion of the ActivCat® product line through development and commercialization of advanced products. 



  • Work hands-on in the lab with chemists and technicians in the development of advanced single-site catalysts, with application of modern innovations in silica supports and activation technologies 
  • Utilize a stage-gate process, aligning closely with Marketing and Process Technology for milestones and deliverables
  • Ideate to expand the company's technical growth options
  • Identify inventive aspects of new technology development, and work with Grace Legal to capture and protect such intellectual property
  • Document, summarize, and communicate results and conclusions to both technical and non-technical audiences

Required Qualifications


  • Ph.D. Degree in Chemistry
  • 1-5 years of experience with development of polyolefin catalyst systems
  • Expertise in organometallic synthesis
  • Proficiency with support technology for single-site catalysis
  • Expertise in common analysis techniques for catalyst characterization
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a collaborative team environment
  • Safety-first mindset and ability to lead safety related improvement projects
  • Strong attention to detail and effective verbal and written communication skills

Preferred Qualifications


  • Applications knowledge for both PE and PP metallocene-derived polymers
  • Market knowledge of current and emerging polyolefin trends
  • Experience with design of sustainable products


U.S. Employee Benefits Summary (grace.com)

  • Medical, Dental, Vision Insurance
  • Life Insurance and Disability 
  • Grace Wellness Program
  • Flexible Workplace 
  • Retirement Plans  
  • 401(k) Company Match – Dollar to dollar up to the first 6%
  • Paid Vacation and Holidays
  • Parental Leave (salaried only)
  • Tuition Reimbursement 
  • Company Donation Match Program

Other Compensation

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Nearest Major Market: Baltimore