R&D Chemist, Powder Coatings

A global manufacturer is hiring an R&D Chemist who will be responsible for developing and optimizing current and new products. Working with existing and potential customers to develop and test UV powder formulations over customer materials.


  • Formulate and develop UV curable powder coating formulations to obtain necessary properties over a variety of substrates.
  • Test, evaluate, and qualify resin chemistries in formulated UV curable powder formulations.
  • Operate extruding and milling equipment for small scale R&D powder batch manufacturing.
  • Operate lab scale powder coating application and curing equipment.
  • Document and record thoroughly R&D testing and development data.
  • Create technical lab reports as needed for development projects.
  • Understand and use methods of industry standards for testing of coatings (i.e. ASTM, ISO, etc.).
  • Develop DOEs for customer and internal development projects.
  • Manage multiple internal and external development projects simultaneously.
  • Regularly coordinate and communicate with business development team for customer development and technical support.
  • Research new and alternative technologies, raw materials, processes and evaluate for use in UV powder coatings.
  • Assist in troubleshooting production product defects.
  • Help with QC or production as needed.

Job Requirements: 

  • Minimum of Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, or similar with 5 or more years of laboratory/development experience in powder coating manufacturing.
  • The position requires a very high level of attention to detail, and accurate & timely record-keeping skills.
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills, both technical and non-technical, can work in a small company environment where teamwork and team building are essential for success, strong organizational skills, able to simultaneously manage multiple projects, and able to lift 55 pounds.
  • Travel may be periodically required.
  • Previous experience with interpreting analytical data such as DSC, photo-DSC, FTI, UV curable chemistries experience, and color matching experience
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