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Polymer Characterization Scientist

Company: Ecolab
Location: Naperville
Posted on: October 15, 2020

Job Description:

A trusted partner at nearly three million commercial customer locations, Ecolab (ECL) is the global leader in water, hygiene and infection prevention solutions and services. With annual sales of $13 billion and more than 45,000 associates, Ecolab delivers comprehensive solutions, data-driven insights and personalized service to advance food safety, maintain clean and safe environments, optimize water and energy use, and improve operational efficiencies and sustainability for customers in the food, healthcare, hospitality and industrial markets in more than 170 countries around the world.

Ecolab is seeking a Polymer Characterization Scientist to develop and advance technical platforms satisfying both business and customer needs. In this role, you will be responsible for performing and leading research, development and problem-solving projects to enable new product and platform development. You will work closely with anchor and divisional RD&E teams to design, execute and communicate results. We are seeking candidates who have strong collaboration and teamwork skills, are self-motivated, have good communication skills, are creative problem solvers, and possess strong observation and perception skills.

Whats in it For You:


  • The opportunity to take on some of the worlds most meaningful challenges, helping customers achieve clean water, safe food, abundant energy and healthy environments
  • The ability to make an impact and shape your career with a company that is passionate about growth
  • The support of an organization that believes it is vital to include and engage diverse people, perspectives and ideas to achieve our best

    What You Will Do:

    • Develop and transfer phase 0-1 chemistry and formulation concepts
    • Collaborate with anchor and divisional research scientists/RD&E leaders on new development projects and platforms
    • Conduct synthetic polymer characterizations through, for example, molecular weight measurements using Size Exclusion Chromatography-Multi Angle Light Scattering (SEC-MALS) techniques
    • Develop organic and aqueous phase SEC methods
    • Perform Thermogravimetric Analysis (TGA) and Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC) analysis of products and product blends
    • Collaborate with other researchers to design and ultimately provide the most complete product analysis
    • Actively engage in development of new platforms that meet strategic business needs
    • Interpret experimental data and communicate results clearly to peers and project teams in written reports and oral presentations
    • Provide consulting on experimental design, mentoring, and work direction for junior lab scientists
    • Maintain employee safety standards, including 6S lab standards

      Minimum Qualifications:

      • Bachelors degree in Chemistry or related discipline and 5 years of R&D experience; Masters Degree and 3 years of R&D experience; or Ph.D. and 1 year of R&D experience
      • Experience working with fundamental physical/chemical properties and structural activity relationships
      • Experience conducting synthetic polymer characterizations through, for example, molecular weight measurements using Size Exclusion Chromatography-Multi Angle Light Scattering (SEC-MALS) techniques
      • Experience developing organic and aqueous phase SEC methods
      • Experience performing Thermogravimetric Analysis (TGA), Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC), and rheological analysis of products and product blends

        Preferred Qualifications:

        • Method development experience with water soluble polymer characterization techniques like SEC/GPC, SEC-MALS and viscometry
        • Demonstrated record of applying polymer characterization techniques to a wide variety of problems
        • Fundamental understanding of polymerization processes and formulation
        • Working knowledge of statistics
        • Strong problem-solving skills
        • Strong oral and written communication skills

          Our Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

          At Ecolab, we believe the best teams are diverse and inclusive, and we are on a journey to create a workplace where every associate can grow and achieve their best. We are committed to fair and equal treatment of associates and applicants. We recruit, hire, promote, transfer and provide opportunities for advancement on the basis of individual qualifications and job performance. In all matters affecting employment, compensation, benefits, working conditions, and opportunities for advancement, we will not discriminate against any associate or applicant for employment because of race, religion, color, creed, national origin, citizenship status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expressions, genetic information, marital status, age, disability, or status as a covered veteran.

          In addition, we are committed to furthering the principles of Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) through Affirmative Action (AA). Our goal is to fully utilize minority, female, disabled and covered veteran individuals at all levels of the workforce. Ecolab is a place where you can grow your career, own your future and impact what matters.

          We will consider for employment all qualified applicants, including those with criminal histories, in a manner consistent with the requirements of applicable state and local laws, including the City of Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring Ordinance and the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance.

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