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Date: Apr 20, 2021

Location: Ann Arbor, MI, 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 SILICONES is one of the world’s biggest silicone manufacturers with silicone-based system solutions and over 3,000 different products. At our Adrian/Ann Arbor site, we are currently looking for a ​Chemist​ to join our growing team.


The primary duty of the Chemist is to provide support to the Performance Silicones business team in application areas as composites, thermal insulation, chemical industries, printing and others through technical service, product maintenance, and customer applications activities thereby creating value for Wacker Chemical Corporation and customers. The Chemist will drive development of innovative solutions using fumed silica and silicone technologies for the above applications that meet specific customer & market needs. The position would be starting at our Adrian, MI facility and will later move to the new development center in Ann Arbor, MI in 2022.


Job Responsibilities

  • Independent design and execution of experiments in the lab, analysis and interpretation of data and drawing of conclusions. Communicate results in an effective manner to both internal and external stakeholders. Carefully organize data and presentations to support technical service utilizing multiple software programs: Microsoft programs, electronic lab notebook, and SAP
  • Provide technical support to distributors & direct customers in the use of Wacker fumed silica products, assist in customer and distributor training in the use of these technologies
  • Work with the business team to manage the product portfolio including assisting in Material Coordinator (MC) and Chemist of Record (COR) responsibilities such as raw material approvals, MAF processing, inventory management, dispositions, and others
  • Work with QC and Production personnel to resolve customer issues, and coordinate with QC on test methods and other technical issues
  • Responsible for establishing and maintaining safe working conditions in the lab, including setting approved work practices, equipment design and maintenance, and maintaining lab chemical inventory



  • Bachelors degree in Chemistry, Polymer Science, Materials Science, Chemical Engineering or a related field
  • Masters degree in Chemistry, Polymer Science, Materials Science, Chemical Engineering or a related field, preferred
  • 3+ years of related industrial experience
  • Advanced chemistry skills for practical formulation work with silicone chemistry, fumed silica or advanced application knowledge in composites, coatings or other chemical industries
  • Knowledge of structure, property performance relationships in polymer coatings and/or basic knowledge of interfacial phenomena and rheology
  • Ability to design experiments, analyze results and write reports summarizing data and findings with well thought out conclusions
  • Root Cause Analysis, strong analytical and problem-solving capability
  • Strong interpersonal skills to interact in a collaborative fashion with customers and other team members
  • Strong communication skills, both verbal and written to provide technical support to customers efficiently and effectively
  • Be willing to travel up to 20%
  • Good lab practice and safety skills
  • Good Computer skills (Power Point, Excel, Word, MRP system-SAP)


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.
Reference Code: 4604 



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