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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 III - Personal Care.


We are looking for a Chemist to join our successful team in Ann Arbor. The responsible Chemist will provide technical support to the Personal Care market segment on our Consumer Silicones business team. Our primary goal is to develop of products and formulation prototypes which highlight the full range of WACKER products in the Personal Care market segment.  Communication with customers and alignment with internal stakeholders is essential to the success of these projects.  As the Chemist gains experience, there is the opportunity for personal development and growth of responsibilities.  The position is located at our brand-new Innovation Center in Ann Arbor, MI.


Essential functions include:

  • Assist in the development of 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 customers and sales managers for the products in the Personal Care market segment. The contact points are made through e-mails, video calls and customer visits (travel up to 20%). Actively participate in internal innovation meetings, external conferences, and trade shows by presenting testing results and developments. Become the primary contact for our distribution partner providing technical guidance and formulation support.
  • Collaborate with local and global functional teams (technical, marketing, sales, managers, supply chain and production) on current and/or future products with technical guidance, customer's path forward, market assessments and/or support.
  • 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


Position Qualifications

  • Bachelor's in chemistry, Chemical Engineering, or related field (Cosmetic Science and Formulation Design, Polymer/Materials Science etc.) M.S. Chemistry, Polymer Science, or Cosmetic Science and Formulation Design preferred
  • 5 years of formulation, synthesis, application or industry-related experience in chemical industry (preference for experience in Personal 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 in applications - defining structure property relationships
  • Willingness and ability to travel up to 20%
  • Good lab practice and safety skills - experience conducting independent, hands-on lab activities safely
  • 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 conclusion
  • Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively
  • 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: 26715 
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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