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Research Engineer

Date: Nov 18, 2021

Location: Columbia, MD, US, 21044

Company: W. R. Grace & Co.

Requisition ID: 19506 

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

Entry level professional position in the Consumer area of the Materials Technology Product Development department.   Working under a senior professional, they:

  • Supports the Materials Technologies business by designing, performing and managing growth projects to make and test new materials for applications in our consumer market area
  • Manages the non-standard manufacture of specialty materials
  • Provides technical support to Sales, Marketing, Technical Service and Manufacturing organizations as needed
  • Leads compliance to all applicable regulatory requirements in their filed and maintains a safe and orderly work environment

Responsibilities include:

  • Design and conduct independent, accurate and defendable scientific R/D activities to (1) evaluate and improve performance/cost of existing products and (2) develop new products.
  • Perform non-routine chemical analysis on raw materials and products in the market.  Interprets results.  Develops new test methods
  • Maintain clean and orderly laboratories and comply with all local EH&S requirements
  • Write clear reports and gives presentations on research and development results
  • Manage non-standard manufacturing of PoliEdge in Columbia
  • Manage compliance with quality and regulatory processes
  • Train and evaluate technicians on newly developed test methods, RFTS problem solving and product development techniques.                             

Required Skills

  • Strong knowledge of chemical engineering and/or material science principles and mastery of chemistry and laboratory techniques and laboratory or pilot scale equipment and instrumentation so as to define and conduct projects in an efficient manner
  • Demonstrated ability to analyze data using modeling and statistical tools and to summarize in written reports and to present in group settings.  Familiarity with computer programs such as MS Excel, Word and PowerPoint, as well as modeling techniques and tools.   
  • Ability to work well independently in a team setting under the supervision of a senior technical professional
  • Candidate should have good interpersonal skills and oral and written communication skills and be able to communicate with other functions, including sales force and marketing on regular basis

Required Experience

  • B.S. in Chemical Engineering, or related field
  • Knowledge of chemical and engineering principles and demonstration of good communication skills
  • Experience in food/beverage or consumer applications is desirable

Preferred Qualifications

  • Exposure to applied/industrial research
  • 1-2 yrs. of experience in a lab or pilot plant


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.

Nearest Major Market: Baltimore