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Date:  May 15, 2024
Location:  Ann Arbor
Company:  Wacker Chemical Corporation
Do you want to take responsibility and make a difference with your work? With your expertise, we can achieve great goals together. We are WACKER - Reliable. Determined. Ambitious. As one of the world's most research-intensive chemical companies, we've been making countless products that are an integral part of your everyday life possible for over 100 years. From vegan food to resource-efficient buildings to solar cells, we develop sustainable solutions that change the future.
To strengthen our team in Ann Arbor,
we are looking for you as a(n) Chemist II - Home Care.


We are looking for a Chemist to join our successful team in Ann Arbor.  The responsible Chemist will support the Home Care market segment through product development, application testing, and scale-up; providing solutions for our customers. You will interact with the marketing and sales team to address customer needs and define projects, while partnering with supply chain and production to deliver success.  Plan, complete and communicate complex assignments, and present technical developments to management, customers, and trade shows/conferences. The position is located at our brand-new Innovation Center in Ann Arbor, MI.


Essential Functions include:

  • Develop new products and formulations which fit customer needs through lab testing and experimentation. Contribute to the scale-up process, by providing guidance with responsible production chemists.
  • Provide technical support to sales managers and customers for the products in the Home Care market segment. The contact points are done through e-mails, virtual video calls, and customer visits (travel up to 10%). Actively participate in internal innovation and market segment meetings, conferences, and trade shows by presenting testing results and developments.
  • Organize data, presentations to support technical information, and activities using best practice which includes but not limited to Electronic Lab Notebook (ELN), SAP, Microsoft programs (Excel, PPT, and Word). Document activities using Product Modification Activity (PMA), Project System Innovation (PSI) Charter Forms (PCF; ICF) and Opportunity Management with customer relationship tool (like Salesforce). Develop intellectual property related to new products and / or applications, drive for related patent filings
  • Collaborate with local and global functional teams (technical, marketing, sales, managers, supply chain and production) on current and/or future needs and products with technical guidance, customer's path forward, market assessments and/or support.


Position Qualifications

  • Bachelor's in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, or related field; M.S. Chemistry, Polymer Science, or closely related field preferred
  • 3 years of formulation, application or industry-related experience in chemical industry (preference for experience in Home Care market)
  • Ability to relate to customers and discover needs to drive future developments
  • Ability to use knowledge of chemistry to describe the theory and reasoning of our products and formulations - defining structure property relationships
  • Willingness and ability to travel up to 10% of time
  • Good lab practice and safety skills - experience conducting independent, hands-on lab activities safely
  • Experience with Root Cause Analysis, strong analytical and problem-solving capability
  • Working knowledge of analytical test methods and ability to devise new approaches
  • Strong communication skills, both verbal and written; able to write reports summarizing data and findings with well thought out conclusions
  • Efficient and accurate computer skills (Microsoft programs, SAP, SalesForce, etc.)
What do we offer?
WACKER is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity, equity, inclusion, and sustainability. We are innovators, researchers, and pioneers and we believe that our individual differences are our collective strength. We foster an inclusive environment that promotes individuality, celebrates diversity, and builds cohesive teams. Together, we create exceptional value for our employees, our customers, and our communities by creating a culture of inclusion and equity that enables, empowers, and values our diverse contributions. 
WACKER strives to reward its employees in a fair and equitable manner. Our Total Rewards Package considers employee wellbeing and is comprised of compensation, benefits, work-life balance, performance & recognition, and career development.
  • Compensation and Incentive plans
  • Medical, Dental, and Vision Insurance effective day 1
  • Paid Time Off in addition to personal days and holidays
  • Paid parental leave
  • Wellbeing fund
  • Flexible hybrid work arrangements
  • 401(k) with company match
  • Education Assistance Program
  • Career development and advancement opportunities
  • Support for Community Involvement
We are looking forward to your online application at
Reference Code: 26713 
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: Ann Arbor
Nearest Secondary Market: Detroit

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