• Chemist - Minnesota

    Job ID
    Full-Time Regular
    Functional Group
    Business Segment
    Industrial Wood
  • Overview

    Axalta is a leading global company focused solely on coatings and providing customers with innovative, colorful, beautiful and sustainable solutions.  From light OEM vehicles, commercial vehicles and refinish applications to electric motors, buildings and pipelines, our coatings are designed to prevent corrosion, increase productivity and enable the materials we coat to last longer.  With 150 years of experience in the coatings industry, the 13,000 people of Axalta continue to find ways to serve our more than 120,000 customers in 130 countries better every day with the finest coatings, application systems and technology.  For more information visit axaltacoatingsystems.com and follow us @axalta on Twitter and on LinkedIn


    If you want to work with forward thinking people in a fast moving, innovative environment, Axalta offers you the best market-leading career opportunities. We are a unique company. While our name is new, we are backed by a 150-year legacy of providing some of the most advanced coating technologies to customers all over the world. We rank number one or two in all of the major business segments we serve. Our longstanding commitment to progressive research is setting new standards and pointing the way to beautiful and sustainable coating solutions for tomorrow.


    Axalta Coating Systems is seeking a MS/PhD level Chemist or Sr. Chemist to join its Technology group in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  The Senior Chemist will advance our fundamental understanding of coatings technology in support of Axalta’s growth initiatives.  This includes design and development, product improvements and modifications to improve coating performance and/or reduce cost while improving efficiency during manufacturing and application.  This position will work for our Industrial Wood Coatings Division.


    • Leads technical programs related to product development and customer support in a team environment.
    • Has a fundamental understanding of coatings technology including formulation of 1K and 2K systems.
    • Has knowledge of resins, cross linkers, additives, and pigments.
    • Is responsible for development and implementation of new product formulations in solvent borne and waterborne coating systems including initial definition with the customer, scale-up with Manufacturing and optimization of performance at the customer site. 
    • Works as an active member of cross functional project teams with Manufacturing, Product Management, IT and Sales. 
    • Applies statistical methods to investigate problems and analyze results.  
    • Organize objectives, set milestones and deliver results against aggressive timelines.
    • Interact with others in R&D and/or Sales and Marketing to propose new projects targeted to provide growth opportunities in traditional and adjacent markets. 

    The role of Chemist/Senior Scientist would report to the Technology Leader, located in Minneapolis, Minnesota and may require ~10%-20% domestic travel, international travel possible.


    • MS/PhD Degree in Chemistry, Polymer Science or Coatings is preferred.  Serious consideration will be given to degreed candidates in other science related fields with applicable work experience in coatings.

      MUST HAVE at least 5 years of practical R&D/Chemistry experience.  Coatings background a plus.

    • Knowledge of product design and formulation for solvent borne and water borne coatings.
    • Skills to develop and/or implement coating characterization test methods, calibrate and run instrumentation, and interpret results.
    • Knowledge of design of experiment (DOE) techniques. 
    • Excellent communication skills (verbal and written), problem solving capabilities, and the ability to work independently or as a part of a team.
    • An understanding of chemical manufacturing as it relates to coatings, resins or polymers is a plus.
    • Familiar with ISO certification requirements. 
    • Willingness and ability to travel up to 20% of the time


    Additional consideration will be given to applicants with experience in one or more of the following areas:

    • Industrial coatings formulation
    • Chemical Industry (resins, adhesives, pigments) 


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