Senior R&D Specialist

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POST DATE 9/3/2016
END DATE 11/11/2016

EMD Performance Materials Branchburg, NJ

Branchburg, NJ
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Full Time
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Entry Level (0 - 2 years)
Doctoral Degree


EMD Performance Materials, the North American high-tech materials brand of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, comprises a portfolio for applications in fields such as consumer electronics, lighting, coatings, printing technology, plastics, and cosmetics. Key products are: display materials, LED materials for lighting as well as OLED materials for lighting and displays, functional materials for solar panels and energy solutions, effect pigments as well as active ingredients and fillers for cosmetics, food and pharmaceutical products, effect pigments and functional materials for coatings, printing and plastics and high-purity specialty chemical materials for the electronics and semiconductor industry and is currently working on innovative materials for technologies that enable solar energy to be used efficiently and energy-saving LEDs and OLEDs to be developed.


New Technology Division requires highly experienced and motivated candidate for synthesizing tailor-made organic materials especially functional homopolymers.and block copolymers. The primary focus of this job is to develop new materials for emerging and futuristic application in IC industry and hence the potential candidate should be highly skilled in polymerization techniques and operations of chemical transformations. More importantly, the candidate should have knowledge of polymer physics and block copolymer morphologies to understand self-assembly properties. Knowledge and experience in macromolecular simulation is advantageous. The job responsibility also involves performing living ionic polymerization under high pressure nitrogen atmosphere and develop new organic/inorganic materials.

Other essential educational qualification, expected scientific knowledge, adequate skill-set and experience for a potential candidate are given below.


* Understand lithography and directed self-assembly of block copolymers and address issues via material design

* Conduct research as directed by the Manager

* Design new small and macromolecules that are specifically functionalized to meet target performances suitable for customer requests

* Develop new organic/inorganic materials, tailor made , telechelic small and macromolecules and new di-, tri-block copolymers via living anionic polymerization

* Prepares/arranges sample shipment to customers based on the lab orders.

* Supervises assigned technicians if any.

* Communicate and present the test results with the team and department manager in biweekly meetings and monthly reports using power-point file with scientific argument and conclusion.

* Facilitates scale-up activities with production team at other sites in Germany and Japan

* Follows safety regulations of EMD in the chemical labs, clean rooms, office and other areas of work.

NOTE: The Company reserves the right to change or assign other duties to this position as business needs dictat


At times supervises technicians including providing training to freshmen as and if assigned by department manager.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be knowledgeable in the field of living anionic and controlled polymerization and highly skilled in operating reactions using pyrophoric reagents under inert atmosphere. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


PhD degree in the field of chemistry from an accredited college or university; or the equivalent combination of education and directly related experiences. Candidate with adequate post-doctoral experience and prior work experience in industry in above described field is highly preferable.


Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations. Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals in English. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public in English. Knowledge of German for communications would be added advantage.


Ability to work with mathematical concepts such as probability and statistical inference, and fundamentals of plane and solid geometry and trigonometry. Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical situations.


Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.

The Company is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. No employee or applicant for employment will be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military or veteran status, genetic information, gender identity, or any other classification protected by applicable federal, state, or local law. This policy of Equal Employment Opportunity applies to all policies and programs relating to recruitment and hiring, promotion, compensation, benefits, discipline, termination, and all other terms and conditions of employment. Any applicant or employee who believes they have been discriminated against by the Company or anyone acting on behalf of the Company must report any concerns to his/her Human Resources Business Partner, Legal, or Compliance immediately. The Company will not retaliate against any individual because he/she made a good faith report of discrimination.