Sr Technician Specialist

Date: Jul 3, 2024

Location: Columbia, MD, US, 21044

Company: W. R. Grace & Co.


Requisition ID: 23171

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 Sr. Technician Specialist to join our Specialty Catalyst R&D team! This position reports through the R&D Manager of Polypropylene Catalyst Design and is located in Columbia, MD. 


The position offers candidates an opportunity to join a diverse and dynamic team of catalyst specialists supporting all projects and operation within the polypropylene catalyst business. This individual would work directly with a PHD chemist/engineer on innovation projects, new product development, scale-up activities, productivity projects and manufacturing troubleshooting. Equipped with state of the art laboratories and equipment, the catalyst team synthesizes catalyst prototypes, characterizes catalyst and performance tests catalyst systems. 


  • Foster a safety-centric culture, fully engaging in all aspects of corporate and work group specific safety initiatives.
  • Synthesize lab-scale polyolefin catalyst samples and other necessary catalyst components.
  • Analyze materials and chemicals with characterization tests.
  • Perform polymer characterization on the materials generated in the polymerization evaluations.
  • Operate, maintain, and troubleshoot problems with the catalyst reactors, gloveboxes, analytical equipment, and other laboratory equipment.
  • Operate, maintain, and troubleshoot problems with the polymerization reactors, purification systems and downstream analysis equipment.
  • Compile, document and manage data from experiments, generating concise and accurate data packages for the scientist in charge of the projects that the position supports.
  • Compose laboratory documents such as SOPs.
  • Demonstrate a culture of operational excellence and continuous improvement.
  • Perform laboratory housekeeping and procurement duties.
  • Must be able to stand, walk, sit, climb, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, and crawl. Must be able to lift 40 lbs. 

Physical Requirements and Environment

  • Ability to follow safety protocols and standards working in a laboratory environment with highly hazardous materials
  • Must be willing to wear PPE (Personal Protective equipment) including but not limited to hard hat, protective eyewear, steel-toed boots, hearing protection, Level A suit, full face respirator

Required Qualifications

  • B.S. Degree in Chemistry or related science field, or equivalent industrial lab experience.
  • Proficiency in office based computer software (MS Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook, etc.).
  • Strong organization and interpersonal communication skills.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Preferred 1-5 years of industrial experience in a chemical laboratory or manufacturing environment.
  • Background in air-sensitive chemical manipulations preferred, experience with reactive materials or organometallics considered a plus.
  • Experience with analytical equipment (GC, NMR, SEM, particle size measurements) considered a plus.


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
U.S. Employee Benefits Summary (




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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.


If you are a qualified individual with a disability or a disabled veteran, you may request a reasonable accommodation.

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