Technician Specialist

Date: Apr 20, 2024

Location: Columbia, MD, US, 21044

Company: W. R. Grace & Co.

Requisition ID: 22876 

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 an entry level Analytical Technician Specialist to join our Specialty Catalyst R&D Team! This position reports to the R&D Manager of Analytical Sciences and is located in Columbia, MD. 


  • Foster a safety-centric culture, fully engaging in all aspects of corporate and work group specific safety initiatives.
  • Perform routine and non-routine chemical and scientific sample preparation and testing following Standard Operating Procedures and Work Instructions.
  • Assist with the installation, operation, and maintenance of complex analytical instrumentation and equipment .
  • As a member of the Analytical Sciences group - work collaboratively with team members and internal Researchers to execute experimental projects accurately and efficiently within required timelines.
  • Compile, document, and report data from experiments.
  • Demonstrate a culture of operational excellence and continuous improvement.
  • Perform laboratory housekeeping and procurement duties.

Physical Requirements

  • Must be able to stand, walk, sit, balance, stoop, kneel, and climb stairs.
  • Must be able to lift up to 25 lbs. (11 kg).
  • Must be willing to wear PPE (Personal Protective equipment) including but not limited to protective eyewear, safety shoes, chemical, temperature and/or cut resistant gloves.
  • Ability to follow safety protocols and standards working in a laboratory environment with highly hazardous materials.
  • Must be comfortable working with common laboratory chemicals such as organic solvents, acids, and bases. 

Required Qualifications

  • B.S. in Chemistry or closely related field.
  • Minimum of 0 - 2 years of experience in an Analytical and/or Technical laboratory or manufacturing environment.
  • Familiar with principles of sample extraction, dissolution, and dilution for quantitative analysis.
  • Ability to work well in a collaborative team environment supporting a broad range of Specialty Catalyst Scientists.
  • Some knowledge and experience with basic chemical laboratory practices, equipment, and instrumentation .
  • Proficiency in office-based computer software (MS Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook, etc.).
  • Strong organizational and interpersonal communication skills.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Background in air-sensitive chemical manipulation preferred (glovebox), experience with reactive materials considered a plus.
  • Some experience with FTIR, DSC or titration is advantageous.


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
Tuition Reimbursement
Company Donation Match Program

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Nearest Major Market: Baltimore