Coatings Scientist at Ashland, LLC

Posted in General Business 3 days ago.

Type: Full-Time
Location: Wilmington, Delaware

Job Description:

Ashland Specialty Ingredients, GP

Coatings Scientist

Are you the kind of person that is always thinking, sketching, seeking, and adjusting? Who needs to understand how things work and then figure out how they can work better? Are you a passionate, tenacious, solver who loves to work with others who share your drive? Are you positive, constructive, and ingenious?

Are you always solving?

Then we’d like to meet you and bet you’d like to meet us.

Ashland has an exciting opportunity for a Coatings Scientist to join our Specialty Additives business unit at our Wilmington DE research center. This is a very visible, significant role within the Company and the specialty additives innovation function. This position will report to the North America Innovation Lead.

The responsibilities of the position include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Responsible to develop leading-edge chemical additive technology for coating systems that meet diverse industry needs

  • Design and execute experiments, interpret data, and independently draw conclusions; possibly direct technician support; assist in filing of IP as required

  • Work with marketing and sales professionals to understand industry needs; lead or participate in multiple research projects with members of multi-disciplinary teams to achieve targets

  • Communicate effectively with global internal and customer bases; build relationships with industrial colleagues

  • Maintain up to date understanding of critical science for development efforts

  • Actively contribute to the organizational goals by taking initiative, executing on goals and focusing on performance and safety

  • Improve the organization capacity and capabilities through building collaborative relationships, optimizing diverse talent and utilizing positive communications and influence with others

In order to be qualified for this role, you must possess the following:

  • BS with 5-10 years of specialty chemical industrial experience with coatings formulation, testing, and evaluation methodologies

  • Good scientific and problem-solving skills.  Knowledge of polymers and an understanding of rheology and interfacial phenomena would be desirable

  • Have proven record of innovation

  • Have strength in experimentation, hands-on skills set, and insightful data analysis

  • Have experience working with global multidisciplinary project teams; and be able to lead such teams

  • Effective oral and written communications skills

  • Demonstrated responsible and ethical behavior at all times

  • The ability to help the company drive greater value through understanding the business, making complex decisions and creating the new and different

The following skill sets are preferred by the business unit:

  • PhD/MS/ with 5-10 years of specialty chemical industrial experience with coatings formulation, testing, and evaluation methodologies

  • Optional experience with cellulosic chemistry and properties

  • Interest in business drivers for target industry

  • Understanding of market fundamentals of coatings industry

Perks of working at Ashland:

  • Team recognition rewards and monetary incentives based on performance

  • Comprehensive Benefit package, Medical, Dental and Vision starting on Day 1 for you AND your family

  • 401(k) plan with company match

  • Referral bonus plan – get a job with us and get paid to refer your friends

  • Supporting work/life balance

In more than 100 countries, the people of Ashland LLC. (NYSE: ASH) provide the specialty chemicals, technologies and insights to help customers create new and improved products for today and sustainable solutions for tomorrow. Our chemistry is at work every day in a wide variety of markets and applications, including architectural coatings, automotive, construction, energy, personal care and pharmaceutical. Visit to see the innovations we offer.
At Ashland our vision is to be a leading, global specialty chemicals company whose inspired and engaged employees add value to all we touch. In fact our people, employees, customers and vendors define who we are. They are the driving force behind everything we do.
Not only do we value our customers but we value our employees, and we work to offer them a dynamic and challenging environment. We hold ourselves to high standards at Ashland, and we value integrity and honesty.
Ashland has a history of attracting the best people and keeping them. The reasons are simple: industry competitive salary and benefits, pay-for-performance incentive plans and a diverse work environment where employees feel challenged and valued. People come to Ashland and stay. As a growing Fortune 500 specialty chemicals company, we offer opportunities for development and advancement throughout our global organization. Our values define who we are and what we care about as a company. If you are looking for a relationship with a company instead of simply a job, this may be a great fit.

Ashland is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities/Women/Veterans/Disabled/Gender Identity/Sexual Orientation. 

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability. NOTE:  We do not accept resumes from external staffing agencies or independent recruiters for any of our openings unless we have a signed recruiting agreement in place to fill a specific position.

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