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Research Associate- Coatings Synthesis

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Pittsburgh, PA
$105,000 - $130,000
Job Type
Direct Hire
Jan 10, 2017
Job ID
A global supplier of paints, coatings, optical products, specialty materials, glass and fiber glass has an opening for a Research Associate – Synthesis – Architectural Coatings. Through leadership in innovation, sustainability and color they help customers in industrial, transportation, consumer products, and construction markets and aftermarkets to enhance more surfaces in more ways than any other company.
Research Associate -Synthesis – Architectural Coatings
Key Responsibilities
The Research Associate will develop innovative and breakthrough latex technologies for architectural coatings. The incumbent will work in a synthesis laboratory under the supervision of the architectural team leader. The research associate will plan, conduct and direct core research and test drills for the development of new and innovative architectural coating technologies leading to successful commercial launches against aggressive timeline.
  • Responsibilities include leading one or more projects and identifying new technology opportunities through literature searches, competitive analysis and intellectual property review.
  • Drive technical strategy and innovation for architectural coatings by developing and testing new ideas.
  • Develop and test new ideas directed at improving coatings properties to add value through improved performance, ability to meet regulatory requirements, reduced cost or improved efficiency in manufacturing or application.
  • Network with other scientists and engineers across R&D and manufacturing to develop products which can transition quickly from the lab to commercial scale. Drive technology transfer from research organization.
  • Interact with product management and marketing to propose new projects targeted at traditional architectural coatings markets and at adjacent markets to provide growth opportunities for the business.
  • Interact frequently with plant labs to provide guidance and support technology transfer.
  • Maintain a clear and up to date understanding of the technical literature and the competitive intellectual property.
  • Direct the lab activities of at least one technician or technologist, and broadly support the training and development of employees and contract staff when needed.
  • Develop and maintain intellectual property assets; develop sound research project proposals leading to the successful launch of approved projects
Experience and Education
A PhD degree in a technical field such as Chemistry, Polymer Science, Coatings Science and at least 10 years of experience in latex synthesis is required. A deep understanding and demonstration of development of novel latex technology is required. Experience in architectural latex design is highly desired.

Unless noted above, applicants MUST be authorized to work in the US without Visa Sponsorship. US citizens and Green Card holders ONLY. We do not provide relocation assistance for those living outside the continental US. Please only click apply if you meet the specific requirements of the job listing, you are able to work in the location listed, and are comfortable with the salary range indicated above. Thanks for your interest. We look forward to working with you.