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R&D Chemist

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PPG Industries, Inc. Huntsville , AL 35801

Posted 3 months ago

The individual's primary responsibility will involve testing potential materials and development novel of materials for Aerospace Transparencies. The chosen candidate will need experience that will aid them in quickly developing working knowledge in adhesives, sealants, resins, urethanes, high clarity and uniform optics, impact resistant materials and related manufacturing process implementation. The candidate is expected to be able to utilize their experiences to identify, propose and execute new developments to expand PPG's Aerospace Transparency capabilities.


  • Responsible for the development of new materials, substitute materials, and new processes for use in transparency manufacturing and operations.

  • Provide subject domain expertise on materials and processes failures.

  • Lead development of new materials from ideation to development and launch into manufacturing.

  • Create material and application process specifications.

  • Communicate technical advice to internal and external Customers.

  • Keep abreast of new developments in the appropriate scientific fields.

  • Provide leadership on root cause analysis for production issues encountered in scale-up and manufacturing of products in subject domain.

  • Expected to independently lead projects with variable team member backgrounds.

  • Demonstrates strong communication skills at all levels through report writing, presentations, asking questions and seeking information where needed.

  • Performs experiments to develop new products for urethanes, polymers, composites and/or other business driven needs.

  • Shows good record keeping methods and submits weekly and monthly reports on time.

  • Is a good team member and supports others where needed and possible.

  • Uses appropriate analytical tools for tasks. For example, utilize: DOE, Capability Analysis, ANOVA to problem solve or improve development.

  • Introduces improvements and/or product development alone or with teams with a potential benefit to company of >$200k per year in revenue or improved profitability.

  • Capability of operating and guiding others in use of analytical equipment necessary for job.

  • Experimental and laboratory bench skills with success in developing new skills in order to solve problems and advance product technology independently.

  • Demonstrates a desire to take on new projects and supports where needed.

  • Gets authorization before starting tasks and asks questions before continuing with an unclear assignment.

  • Active participation in 6S (organization and safety) activities.

  • Ability to complete tasks within a reasonable and agreed upon schedule.

  • Follows all procedures and safety requirements.

Prior experience with transparent materials, polymers, functional materials, plastic forming/extrusion and/or analytical characterization is advantageous. Person should also demonstrate strong written and oral communication skills, independently seek solutions, ask questions as needed, and work well across all levels of employees from operators to upper management. Peer-reviewed publications, grant writing, Lean and Six Sigma tools, aerospace or military research, composite materials development, and product to market experience are highly desirable. Passion for profitable technical innovation, communication, timely project execution and ability to work well in a team environment are essential skills.

EDUCATION/TRAINING: Candidate must have at least a B.S. in Materials, Polymers, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering or equivalent. Candidates with higher degrees may also be considered and would be paid commensurately with their

EXPERIENCE: Minimum of 5 years of experience in a polymer R&D environment is preferred. The experience should include:

a) Execution of multiple technology developments from ideation, development, scale-up and support in manufacturing

b) Knowledge and experience with resin formulation development, particularly urethane based chemistry

c) Thorough understanding of maintaining safety in a lab environment

d) Ability to present and communicate with a broad audience, including: upper management, scientists, engineers and operators

e) Relevant software skills, which may include: Six Sigma software (JMP/Minitab); advanced Microsoft Office / spreadsheet / presentation software skills; literature search software (Endnote, SciFinder, ChemFinder Mendeley, Docear, etc.); project management software (Microsoft Project, JIRA etc.)

PPG: We protect and beautify the world.

At PPG, we work every day to develop and deliver the paints, coatings and materials that our customers have trusted for more than 130 years. Through dedication and creativity, we solve our customers' biggest challenges, collaborating closely to find the right path forward. With headquarters in Pittsburgh, we operate and innovate in more than 70 countries. We serve customers in construction, consumer products, industrial and transportation markets and aftermarkets. To learn more, visit and follow @ PPG on Twitter.

Why join us:

With PPG, you will find meaning in your work every day, and engage in opportunities that will shape you, personally and professionally.

  • Your personal strengths will empower you to succeed and make an impact from day one.

  • You will be inspired to learn and grow, and to get the support you need to identify and achieve your boldest career aspirations.

  • Your passion to excel will be fueled by your connection to world-class partners, industry experts, the best and brightest colleagues, and future forward technologies.

  • Your contributions will not only meet the challenges of our global customers, but help theme propel their industries forward.

  • You will be welcomed into a culture where everyone's ideas and contributions are valued and encouraged.

Just like you, we are driven to make a difference in our world.

PPG prides itself on the quality of its employees and as such, candidates who receive a job offer will be required to successfully pass a hair drug/toxins test and a background check.

PPG Industries, Inc. offers an opportunity to grow and develop your career in an environment that provides a fulfilling workplace for employees, creates an environment for continuous learning, and embraces the ideas and diversity of others. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, pregnancy, race, color, creed, religion, national origin, age, disability status, protected veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other legally protected status. PPG is an Equal Opportunity Employer. You may request a copy of PPG's affirmative action plan by emailing

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