Senior R&D Chemist- Imaging Materials

KAO High Point , NC 27261

Posted 2 days ago


Kao Specialties Americas LLC (KSA) is a wholly owned subsidiary of Kao Corporation, Tokyo, Japan. Kao Corporation is a global company that develops, manufactures and markets personal hygiene, laundry, food, cosmetic, and specialty chemical products. The majority of the global product lines are based on surface-active agents or "surfactant" chemistries. KSA is a specialty chemicals manufacturing company with three major business segments (1) Oleo Chemicals, (2) Performance Chemicals and (3) Specialty Chemicals including Imaging Materials and Aroma Chemicals.


KSA is currently recruiting for a Senior Synthesis Chemist, based in High Point, NC facility. This is a challenging, individual contributor position for a large chemical processing facility. Daily essential duties include:

  • Applying chemical knowledge for a variety of organic methodologies including alkoxylation, esterification, and radical polymerization

  • Product development work from ideation through product scale up and production

  • Work to resolve tough laboratory and production challenges including kilogram-scale synthesis of organic small molecule and polymer products

  • Assist in the determination of regulatory status of new products

  • Independently manage multiple long range synthesis projects to include raw material procurement and evaluation, process development, and cost feasibility

  • Conduct analyses to determine product purity, and reaction completion

  • Generate data for SDS preparation

  • Oversee technology transfers to production


Candidates for this position must have:

  • Bachelor's Degree in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering or Polymer Science

  • Five years or more years of relevant lab experience organic chemistry and polymerization

  • Demonstrated ability to write reports, laboratory procedures and customer communications

  • Experience in presenting laboratory information to various audiences including management and customers

  • Experience in training others in laboratory techniques and methodology

The ideal candidate would also have the following skills:

  • Master's degree or PhD. in Polymer Chemistry or related discipline

  • Seven or more year's of related experience

Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk and hear. Ability to stand for up to 8 hours is required. This position is very active and requires standing, walking, bending, kneeling, stooping, crouching, crawling, working overhead and climbing all day. The employee must frequently lift and/or move items over 40 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus. Must be certified medically fit to wear respirator. Incumbent may be required to work in conditions where hazardous material and /or toxic fumes could be present.

KSA offers a competitive compensation and benefits package to include medical, dental, life insurance, savings plan and pension. KSA is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, gender, religion, national origin, marital status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other protected status.

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