• Senior Chemist - Urethanes

    Job Locations US-CT-Naugatuck
    Posted Date 1 month ago(5/21/2018 3:38 PM)
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    Tech/Research & Development
  • Overview

    LANXESS Urethane Systems is a world leader in hot-cast prepolymers and a leading manufacturer of specialty aqueous polyurethane dispersions, coating systems and polyester polyols. Our specialized polyurethanes systems know-how, global production capabilities, deep application expertise and decades of technical experience all come together to enable us to provide solutions tailored to meet our customers’ needs. 


    We are currently seeking an innovative Senior Chemist to join the amazing Urethanes R&D team at our Naugatuck, CT Technology Center.  


    This person will develop advanced polyurethane materials and chemical processes to help lead our new business development programs and our customers to success. 


    • High degree of independent work, develops and prioritizes project/work goals to achieve business needs.
    • Responsible for own conclusions/recommendations and potential impact to production and business.
    • Reports on project status to management and stake holders.
    • Defines technical milestones and creativity develops methodology to achieve them.
    • Leads major projects and/or multiple projects involving collaboration with business unit, production, regulatory affairs, and customers.
    • Provides Technical mentorship to Sr. Chemists, Chemists, and Technicians.
    • Propose and develop new specialty polyurethane products. Initial focus will be on castable elastomer systems for industrial components requiring a very high level of engineering properties: hysteresis, dynamic fatigue, abrasion, tear, environmental resistance, etc.
    • Develop new reactive chemical intermediates for the above elastomers. These are presently complex multiphase labile materials: prepolymers, curatives, and one-component reactive systems.
    • Define conditions for (1) robust preparation of these intermediates, and (2) robust polymerization of these intermediates to high molecular weight elastomers.
    • Learn various physical and chemical testing technics in support of the former development.
    • Collaborate with Analytical Chemistry experts in developing the analytical tools to understand the behavior of these materials and to control quality in a manufacturing setting.
    • Collaborate with Mechanical Engineering colleagues and customers to understand fitness for use requirements in engineering applications. Design products with best fitness for use.
    • Lead with Manufacturing experts the introduction of new products and new and improved manufacturing processes to Urethanes plants in collaboration with R&D and manufacturing colleagues.
    • Build patent position for our technologies. Research the external technologies and build freedom to operate into or products.
    • Contribute to our global knowledge base and the growth of a global learning organization.
    • This is also a “hands-on” position where a certain percentage of benchwork is expected.


    • MS or Ph.D. in Chemical or Polymer Engineering, Chemistry or a related field is required.
    • 4-6 years of experience in Polyurethane R&D is preferred (post doc inclusive).
    • Academic background in Polymers and/or Analytical Chemistry are significant assets.
    • Excellent communication and leadership skills are required.
    • Ability to collaborate and to influence others positively is critical.
    • Initiative, independent thinking, and scientific insight are critical. 
    • Ability to work safely in the lab with chemicals and equipment, and to similarly guide others in safety. 
    • Computer skills: Excel, PowerPoint, Word, Minitab
    • Up to 25% travel (domestic and some international)

    LANXESS is an Equal Opportunity Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, veteran status or disability.


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