Chemist Opportunity Valspar, Marengo, IL




Provides high-level expertise for new product development, including synthesis, analysis, and formulation and testing of new products. Responsibilities may include serving as the day-to-day leader for projects, serving as the primary liaison with internal and external customers on technical questions and concerns, and independently working to commercialize new products, including interfacing and supporting manufacturing. The Chemist leads projects, has expert knowledge of several product lines, applications, and markets and has experience with various types of polymer synthesis and coating formulations. May supervise support level technicians on a day-to-day basis.

We are not offering visa sponsorship for this position.


  • Responsible for planning and performing R&D investigations for new product development under the supervision of the lead Senior Scientist.
  • Serves as a key technical team member supporting complex cross-functional team project(s); collaborating with Analytical/Material Science, Process Chemistry, HSE and various Business groups to advance project(s) and achieve common goal(s).
  • Performs numerous types of polymerization, including solution and emulsion polymerization, as well as coating formulation and application testing. Gathers and analyzes data, refines technical approach/strategy and recommends next steps. Communicates results effectively and writes project reports.
  • Uses experimental design principles to increase fundamental understanding and find solution(s) for achieving the project goal(s).
  • Reads and interprets patents, examines new product concepts and technology, and determines how to improve or utilize technology to develop new products.
  • Serves as the primary contact for, and responds to highly technical and complex questions and concerns from production, research professionals, quality control, customers and other internal and external parties regarding development, application, quality assurance and related programs and services.
  • Operates, cleans, and calibrates all forms of equipment that requires professional judgment and background; also utilizes technical or standard equipment during the course of projects
  • May supervise or serve as a lead to lower level technicians or support personnel performing research projects.
  • Interprets and applies department policies and procedures and applicable laws, rules and regulations; ensures compliance with these areas.
  • Supports manufacture of various polymers across the corporation.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.







  • Master’s Degree in Polymer Chemistry, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering or equivalent area.
  • Recent Master’s graduate or Master’s graduate with 1-2 years of industrial experience.
  • Strong knowledge of polymer structure-property relationships, latex/coating film formation mechanisms, and rheology modifier/additive interactions.
  • Experience with polymer synthesis for coating applications preferred. Proficiency in emulsion polymerization highly desired.
  • Experience in industrial wood and metal coatings and applications a plus.
  • Excellent communication skills with the ability to concisely present information and proposals to all organizational levels.


  • Prioritization of projects and assigning work
  • Apply comprehensive professional chemistry principles and practices
  • Perform highly technical synthesis and formulation tasks
  • Apply comprehensive application methods and procedures
  • Interpret and apply department policies and procedures and applicable laws, rules, and regulations
  • Solve technical problems and recommending solutions
  • Interpret data and develop reports
  • Understanding patents
  • Utilize experimental design principles
  • Utilize basic project management concepts
  • Apply commercialization principles and practices
  • Provide and communicate technical information
  • Microsoft Office proficiency (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook); and other applicable applications
  • Communicate effectively with co-workers to provide and receive direction

If interested please apply online using the link below


Incumbents may be subjected to moving mechanical parts, electrical currents, vibrations, fumes, odors, dusts, gases, chemicals, oils, and other conditions found in laboratory environments.



Positions in this class typically require: reaching, standing, walking, pushing, pulling, lifting, typing, grasping, feeling, talking, hearing, seeing and repetitive motions.


Medium Work: Exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 20 pounds of force frequently, and/or up to 10 pounds of force constantly to move objects.



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