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Date:  Sep 28, 2023
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) Senior Analytical Chemist: Polymer Physics.


The purpose of this position is to provide polymer physics and rheology expertise to the WACKER analytical team in North America. The WACKER analytical team is responsible for supporting R&D, business teams, and process chemistry teams for silicone as well as other polymer-based products and technologies.

The senior analytical chemist will utilize strong technical expertise to deliver polymer physics and rheology excellence across a broad range of applications to internal stakeholders. This includes the prioritization and management of a broad range of analytical requests, as well as the participation in research and development projects from idea conception through product commercialization.


Job Responsibilities

  • Apply knowledge of and lead research efforts in polymer physics and rheology to support business needs and generate fundamental knowledge to provide solutions to technical challenges
  • Solve analytical challenges by communicating and interacting with a broad range of stakeholders from R&D, business teams, and process chemistry through technical reports, in-person meetings, and presentations
  • Generate, organize, interpret, and report data generated both in-house and externally to support technical projects and analytical service requests
  • Independently develop, qualify, and validate new methods and transfer methods from other WACKER sites
  • Maintain familiarity with current literature and advances in polymer physics and rheology
  • Help develop the technical capabilities of the physical and wet chemistry group to meet current and future business needs and to keep state-of-the-art polymer physics and rheology capabilities, including procurement and maintenance of instrumentation
  • Initiate and conduct continuous improvement initiatives to improve the quality of service and enhance the contribution of the physical and wet chemistry team
  • Collaborate with WACKER's global analytical organization to further enhance analytical capabilities
  • Actively participate in WACKER safety programs, ensure compliance with safety procedures, and maintain good housekeeping
  • Mentor and help to develop less experienced technical personnel


Job Qualifications

  • Education: M.S. in material science, polymer science, or related discipline is required, Ph.D. is preferred
  • Experience: Minimum of 8 years of relevant work experience in industry required
  • Extensive knowledge and hands-on experience with techniques such as rotational, capillary, and extensional rheometry, dynamic mechanical analysis (DMA), and thermal analysis (DSC, TGA, and STA).
  • Experience mentoring colleagues in an industrial setting for at least 5 years
  • Proven expertise in field supported by technical publications and/or presentation
  • Considerable knowledge of laboratory safety policies and practices
  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to work effectively on a multi-disciplinary team
  • Strong oral and written communication skills required
  • Ability to creatively problem-solve and independently lead technical projects is required
  • Experience in IT and computer networking is a plus but not required
  • Knowledge of silicone chemistry is a plus but not required
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: 21395 
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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