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Senior R&D Scientist - Polypropylene

Date: Feb 24, 2023

Location: Columbia, MD, US, 21044

Company: W. R. Grace & Co.


Requisition ID: 21560

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 Senior R&D Scientist to join our R&D, Specialty Catalysts team! This role reports to the R&D Manager located at our corporate headquarters in Columbia, MD. The SC business R&D group has an exciting opening in the Polyolefin Products group for a scientist that will provide R&D and customer service support to the GRACE catalyst innovation and UNIPOL® PP licensing businesses. 


The Specialty Catalyst (SC) business is a growth business of the W.R. GRACE Catalyst Technology division. The SC business offers highly specialized catalyst technology for polyolefins production and also offers the UNIPOL® polypropylene (PP) process technology. The SC business has licensed about 70 world class UNIPOL® PP plants around the world representing over 15 % of the total PP market. The SC business R&D group leads the industry with a team of highly specialized professionals in the areas of organic synthesis, catalyst support material science, heterogeneous catalyst development, polyolefin (PO) production process technology, PO products material science and analytical sciences.





Customer Interaction

  • Interfaces directly with customers via technical presentations and meetings to facilitate polypropylene product troubleshooting and product development


Analytical Methods

  • 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 


Polyolefins material science development for new catalyst platforms

  • 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


PP products developments

  • 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


Intellectual property

  • 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


Technical leadership

  • Writes external papers that showcase GRACE technology leadership in catalysis and polyolefins products
  • Represents GRACE in specialized conferences.

Required Qualifications


  • BS degree in Chemistry or related field
  • 10+ years related technical experience OR MS Degree in Chemistry or related field with 5+ years of relevant industrial experience
  • Customer-facing experience - interfacing with customers via technical presentations and meetings
  • Understanding and experience with polymer product development including structure-properties relationships, additives, testing and applications
  • Downstream Polypropylene (PP) resin and product development experience 

Preferred Qualifications


  • PhD Degree in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering or related field
  • Understanding of polyolefins product development including structure-properties relationships, additives, testing and applications
  • Ability to speak and write in Mandarin



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



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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