R&D Chemist

Job Description

Isolatek International, the industry leader in the marketing and manufacturing of passive fire protection materials for the construction industry has an immediate opening for a full time Research Chemist in our R&D Department at it's corporate headquarters in Stanhope, NJ.

The Research Chemist is responsible for planning and conducting activities for new product development and for maintaining and improving existing technology.

Responsible for the planning and execution of work on multiple testing, maintaining and improving projects including supporting new product development at the direction of the Senior Research Scientist.

Specific Day to Day Responsibilities

  • Plans and carries out technical work to support new technology and to improve existing technology

  • Uses appropriate techniques, apparatuses and procedures to achieve objectives

  • Achieves a thorough understanding of products, testing method and raw materials

  • Responsible for managing all Technical Service Requests for testing, maintaining and improving existing products

  • Troubleshoots existing products, including modifying current prototypes as needed

  • Carries out work to qualify new raw materials and new sources of raw materials

  • Assures product performance during installation and in end-use conditions

  • Maintains organized, accurate and retrievable records of all work

  • Composes written reports in a timely manner to communicate and document the work done

  • Reports and communicates the results of work to Senior Research Scientist and/or department head as often as necessary

  • Designs and carries out experiments in the laboratory, fire-test-furnaces, manufacturing facility and with application equipment (such as paint sprayers), etc.

  • Maintains compliance with ISO 9001 / 2008 requirements for "Design and Development"

  • Maintains a suitable laboratory and the accuracy of equipment

  • Maintains a clean and organized work environment

  • Complies with corporate health and safety practices

  • Directs and mentors technicians

Education:  Bachelor's degree in Chemistry or Polymer Science (preferred) or Material Science

Knowledge:  College-level Organic, Inorganic, Analytical and Physical Chemistry, and ideally, Material/Polymer Science desired


  • Ability to work within a team environment

  • Establish questions and generates recommendations

  • Inventiveness and problem solving abilities

  • Ability to quickly react to negative or positive research results

  • Aptitude with equipment and machines

  • Be organized and be able to carry out multiple projects simultaneously from start to finish

  • Be able to understand technical issues and evaluate alternate solutions

  • Development and refinement of new test methods and characterization techniques

  • Proficient with Microsoft Office and be able to apply mathematical concepts

  • Strong communication skills in verbal, written and presentation form

  • Self-motivated and willing to work "hands-on" in laboratory

  • Strong ownership with the ability to work under pressure

  • Be able to work atypical hours and travel, sometimes internationally

Isolatek International offers an attractive compensation package, including 401(k) plan. To be considered, please send your letter of interest, with salary requirements, and resume in confidence to Isolatek International.  Relocation benefits are not offered. No phone calls please. No agencies please. EOE

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