Senior Scientist

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Date: Sep 23, 2021

Location: Allentown, PA, US

Company: Wacker Chemie AG


Our world needs ideas! As one of the world’s most research-intensive chemical companies, we have been developing leading solutions for numerous sectors – from construction to photovoltaics and cosmetics to rubber – for over 100 years. We have a global presence with production sites on three continents and 14,600 employees from 70 nations.


WACKER POLYMERS is the global technology leader in the development and production of redispersible powders, dispersions solid resins, powder binders and surface coating resins. At our Allentown site, we are currently looking for a Senior Scientist to join our growing team.


Job Responsibilities

This position supports Polymers Business through new product and process development.  The position is responsible for identification and execution of incremental productivity improvement ideas, development of new procedures of limited scope and providing technical recommendations based on results. It also provides general engineering support such as various engineering calculations, process design & process safety to customers, manufacturing, R&D labs.    

  • Complete process development and execute scale-up of new products based on existing technology.
  • Translate Lab recipes for new products into practicable processes for production
  • Identifies and leads development of process technology to drive cost savings and capacity at low or no capital investment by using alternative routes or operation conditions.
  • Lead efforts in process safety for new and existing labs, and plant. This includes maintaining engineering and safety documentation for Allentown site labs
  • Provide manufacturing support related to safety, quality, efficiency, etc.
  • Troubleshoot product and process upsets with Manufacturing
  • Scopes, evaluates, and recommends purchase of lab and pilot plant equipment.
  • Performs routine engineering and process safety calculations. Documents the technical basis of the calculations and all key assumptions.
  • Supervise lab technicians in routine activities


  • Bachelor's degree in Science such as Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Polymer Chemistry, or related field required. An advanced degree is preferred.
  • Minimum 5 years' experience in Process Chemistry required
  • Experience with product scale-up, technology transfer and batch processing
  • Knowledge of chemical reaction engineering and / or thermodynamics is beneficial
  • Experience in modeling and simulation of process engineering processes is preferred
  • Familiarity with DCS and SIS systems
  • Knowledge of SAP strongly preferred
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work in cross-functional teams.
  • Strong commitment to environmental health and safety excellence.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to travel up to 25% of the time is required.


WACKER, as an innovative chemical company, makes a vital contribution toward improving the quality of life around the world by developing intelligent solutions for sustainable growth. Our culture focuses on building and retaining diverse and inclusive teams. WACKER offers a great work environment, professional development, challenging careers, competitive benefit offerings and beyond through giving back to our communities.


Be part of our WACKER family, across all nations !


We are looking forward to your online application at www.wacker.com.
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The information contained herein is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of the duties and responsibilities of the job, nor are they intended to be an all-inclusive list of the skills and abilities required to do the job. A minimum requirement for this US-based position is the ability to work legally in the United States on a permanent unrestricted basis.  Visa sponsorship is not available for this position, including for any type of US permanent residency (e.g., for a Green card).


WACKER is proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, or any other protected class.

Nearest Major Market: Allentown