Senior R&D Scientist

Date:  Jan 20, 2023
Posting End Date: 

Hammond, IN, US, 46320

Company:  ICL Specialty Products Inc

Job Description

As the Senior R&D Scientist, you will be responsible for New Product Development, Research, Development, and Innovation (RD&I) for the ICL’s Phosphate Specialties Global Paints & Coatings business. Translate customer’s desired outcomes and product performance gaps into new products and solutions. Define critical tests to relate coating properties to end use performance criteria.


I’m interested! What will I get to do in this position?

•  Experience developing new products, polymers, or additives for the P&C market, for example using inorganic or organic synthesis routes to develop new P&C additives

Demonstrated experience with managing multiple new product development (NPD) projects in parallel, including key participation on multi-disciplinary project teams.

Strong oral and written communication as well as analytical proficiencies

Demonstrable examples of new product development (publications, patents, symposia)

Captures and processes IP opportunities to protect technology and competitive advantage as well as maintaining an awareness of the literature and other sources of information relevant to paints & coatings

Writes project reports and follows company protocols to meet project deadlines, budget, and commercial expectations.

Executes synthesis activities from gram to kilogram scale with minimal supervision.

What skills and experience do I need to be successful in this role?

PhD (strongly preferred) or MS Degree in Chemistry or related field with 5+ years industrial experience. 

The successful candidate will have formulated solvent-based, water-based, or powder coatings and is adept at utilizing experimental designs and statistical tools to drive decision making.

Demonstrated proficiency in product development spanning entire process from brainstorming to commercialization

Demonstrated ability to use molecular structure-property relationships and materials response behaviors to problem-solve.

Ability to travel at 25% (conferences, trade shows, customer visits, meetings)

Excellent written & oral communication skills to internal and external customers

Project management and experience with Stage-Gate process (Innova 365)

Strong interpersonal and communication skills including effectively interacting with all levels of the organization (Sales, Marketing, PMO, FEI, Procurement, EHS&S, Operations, CTO, Legal, etc) and our P&C customers and distributors

Stay abreast of application technology innovations (AI/ML) and translate new technology and processes to commercialized products. (AI: Artificial Intelligence; ML: Machine Learning)

Create, present, and summarize scientific findings to a broad audience

Keep neat and orderly notebooks containing a record of all work performed. 

Maintain other records as necessary to support patent applications for innovative products

Maintain an orderly and safe laboratory space by adhering to all safety and training requirements

Submit ideas to the B.I.G. (ICL’s ideation and innovation collaboration platform)

Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.



What will set me apart:

Knowledge of paint formulating, electrochemical impedance, and corrosion testing preferred.

PhD in Chemistry or related field 


ICL Job Level: 15 

Annual Bonus Target: 7%, subject to plan provisions

Salary Range: $68K-$139K/year


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We’ve got you covered:
ICL is committed to offering you a comprehensive set of benefits to empower you and your family physically, mentally, emotionally, and financially. The benefits we offer to our diverse and inclusive workforce include:
•    Competitive base pay and performance bonus
•    Medical, dental, vision, and life benefits that start quickly – the first of the month after hire
•    Tax-advantaged health savings and spending accounts (when applicable)
•    Wellness Incentive Program to lower your health insurance cost
•    Generous Leave and FMLA policies
•    Prescription program that provides most generic maintenance medications at no cost (including Insulin products & EpiPens)
•    401k eligibility from day one of employment with a generous company matching contribution. 100% vested after one year of service
•    Employee Assistance Program
•    Free membership to a program that offers various discounts for travel, entertainment, groceries, and much more


Who is ICL?
ICL is a leading global specialty minerals and chemicals company that creates impactful solutions for humanity’s sustainability challenges in global food, agriculture, and industrial markets.  ICL leverages its unique bromine, potash and phosphate resources, its passionate team of talented employees and its strong focus on R&D and technological innovation to drive growth across its end markets. Our agricultural products feed the world’s growing population, our food additives enable greater access to higher quality food, our potash and phosphate products are essential components for the pharma industry and our bromine-based materials and phosphates contribute to a more energy efficient and environmentally friendly planet.  
ICL’s operations are organized under four segments: Industrial Products (Bromine), Potash, Phosphate Solutions and Growers Solutions. With approximately 12,000 employees worldwide, ICL operates mining and production sites located in Israel, Europe, North and South America and China which are supported by worldwide distribution and supply chains. Due to strong synergies between its business units and their mutual support, ICL benefits from its advantageous size, geographical spread, and operational flexibility. With a culture based upon leadership, innovation, and sustainability, ICL is well positioned to be an Employer of Choice within the communities in which we operate. To learn more about ICL, click here.


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