Adhesives Chemist – Applications and Business Development

The duties and responsibilities of the Adhesives Chemist will include:

  • Manage the Adhesive Applications Lab
  • Lead and manage adhesive projects
  • Develop applications literature
  • Develop, assess, communicate, recommend and perform all aspects of R&D project work such as adhesive and adhesive material formulation and application testing
  • Evaluate materials and finished products using a wide array of techniques and instrumentation, including Dynamic Shear Rheometer, report findings and make recommendations for suitability of use
  • Initiate, coordinate, supervise and/or perform tasks and projects related to application of their products in adhesives. Ensure lab work assigned to laboratory personnel is completed in a timely and accurate manner. Train and provide assistance to adhesive chemists and technicians
  • Provide technical support and service to customers, Sales, Marketing and provide assistance in solving technical problems, as needed
  • Formulate and evaluate resins, polymers and other components used in adhesive production
  • Perform tests, record and interpret results and issue summary report and recommendations in a timely manner
  • Keep management advised of project status, issues and progress
  • Identify improvement and new product opportunities, assess fit, define and implement and manage development efforts for the adhesive market
  • Represent Company via customer visits by attending and participating in industry-related conferences and technical seminars, network, develop relationships and maintain awareness of customer needs
  • Travel expectations of 10-20%, domestic and international
  • Develop and give technical presentations
  • Keep current with industry trends, drivers and participate in training to advance knowledge and expertise
  • Bachelors or advanced degree from an accredited university – preferably with an emphasis and focus on Chemistry, Polymer/Material/Adhesion Science or directly related field
  • Minimum of five years of experience formulating, testing and trailing new, commercially viable not melt adhesive and hot melt pressure sensitive adhesives
  • Broad-based and in-depth understanding of all relevant hot mallet adhesive compounding materials – polymers, tackifying resins, waxes, plasticizers, functional additives, etc.
  • Materials background that includes knowledge and work with styrenic block copolymers (SIS, SBS, SEBS, and blends of same), EVA, EEA, PE, APAO, Natural Rubber, SBR and other relevant elastomers
  • Knowledge of hot-melt adhesive manufacturing, processing, application and/or converting equipment
  • Thorough understanding of physical, performance and analytical testing and characterization protocols for polymers, resins and adhesive products
  • Knowledge and experience with Stage Gate commercialization process and Design of Experiment (DOE) methodologies
  • Excellent communication skills – oral and written
  • Friendly individual that enjoys interaction with others, customers, and industry trade events
  • Ability to effectively multitask and manage projects
  • Project Management
  • Strong interpersonal and organizational skills
  • Ability to work independently and in a team environment to achieve goals
  • Compliance with laboratory Health, Safety and Environmental rules and regulations
  • Proficient in the use of Microsoft Office Suite Products (Word, PowerPoint, and Excel), Lotus Notes and experimental/statistical design software
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