Composite Materials Chemist / Scientist

Independence, MO

Posted: 04/25/2024 Industry: Laboratory - Industrial Chemicals Job Number: 125.24SK Pay Rate: 80,000 - 110,000 Remote Friendly: Experience:

Job Description

Composite Materials Chemist / Scientist

US Citizen / Green Card Holder Only

This is an exciting opportunity to bend the rules with an old chemistry in new large scale 3D printing platforms.  Bring your knowledge in composite materials development, testing and processing with your understanding of polymers to make a big impact in driving projects to completion!  Exciting technologies, and a family friendly environment with very low turnover in staff makes this an attractive opportunity!


The Specialties Group is working on developing new technologies, including binder and sizing chemistries, and novel new applications in 3D printing.  This is a very GENERAL job description.  This group will not be focused on patenting, publications, or long-term research, but novel, APPLIED new product development.

What You Will Do…

  • Leads and conducts high quality lab work that is needed for development, commercialization, industrialization, and troubleshooting of vinyl ester and polyester based products for sale into the composites industry
  • Researches industry trade publications and patent databases to better understand the nature of existing technology and works with legal experts for the creation of patentable technology
  • Applies creativity and imagination to developing innovative products needed in existing and emerging markets
  • Becomes proficient at operating application-specific equipment related to Additive Manufacturing. This will include CAD design, creation and editing of slicing programs / code, operating a large-scale 3D printer and a 3-axis CNC
  • Coordinates research and analysis activities related to new product development including mechanical and thermal characterization of polymers, compounded products, and composites according to their end-use application
  • Interprets results of laboratory activities to laboratory personnel and management
  • Advises management and technical colleagues of activities, new technologies, or competitive products or technologies
  • Prepares reports and technical papers for publication in trade journals or other publications, when directed by management
  • Serves as technical lead and liaison to target customer’s research team while qualification testing is being completed
  • Provides technical service to target customers during beta testing which may include travel to the customer’s location and working closely with the customer’s R&D / Manufacturing staff
  • Keeps laboratory notebook neat and orderly and according to legal guidelines for patent submissions
  • Uses experimental design and mixture designs to develop robust new products or product improvements
  • Assist with the creation of application-oriented Technical Data Sheets and Material Safety Data Sheets for developed products
  • Uses company-specific project planning software to coordinate multiple projects, keep management appraised of progress, and meets schedules
  • Keeps abreast of new resins and processes
  • Perform job duties and obtain training in accordance with our Quality Management System (ISO9001)
  • Always exhibits exemplary conduct in dealing with company employees and customers and adheres to all Corporate Policies related to ethics
  • Contributes to the establishment and attainment of a positive and team-oriented environment
  • Follows safety rules and regulations to ensure a safe working environment
  • Creates new test methods as needed to ascertain the utility of new products related to end-user applications or manufacturing processes
  • Leads and consults with the Synthesis Group as needed when new resins are needed for a customer’s specific application
  • Leads and consults with the Applications Group when new products are being evaluated and / or compared to competitive products

**If you’d like to hear more about this opportunity and others we are currently working on, please contact Stephanie Kemp at

JO:  125.24SK

Job Requirements

Technical Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in chemistry, polymer science, materials science, or related field. A PhD in Composites related research is preferred
  • 3 to 5 years’ of progressive experience and /or a combination of training in advanced composites field, or an equivalent combination of education, experience, and / or training are required
  • Demonstrated proficiency in end use formulation and evaluation
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, is required
  • Experience in Additive Manufacturing or aptitude to learn related software and hardware
  • Must have composite laboratory experience including analytical testing, HPLC, FTIR, DMA, DSC, TGA, etc., and mechanical testing. Autoclave operations is a plus
  • Multi-lingual skills are not required but may be beneficial
  • US Citizen / Green Card Holder only

**If you’d like to hear more about this opportunity and others we are currently working on, please contact Stephanie Kemp at

JO:  125.24SK

Meet Your Recruiter

Stephanie Kemp
Sr Market Recruiting Specialist

Senior Level Recruitment Professional with more than 19 years of experience in the recruitment and placement of Industrial Chemists and Scientists Nationwide from Entry level to Executive level. Resins, Adhesives, Coatings, Plastics, Lubricants, specialty chemicals, additives, inks, and more!!
I have been very successful bringing top valued talent to my clients, and providing expert level guidance to candidates in career searches.

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