• Senior Polymer Scientist

    Job ID
    US-PA-Philadelphia - Navy Yard
    Full-Time Regular
    Functional Group
    Business Segment
  • Overview

    About Axalta

    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 more than 150 years of experience in the coatings industry, the approximately 14,000 people of Axalta continue to find ways to serve our more than 100,000 customers in 130 countries better every day with the finest coatings, application systems and technology. For more information visit axalta.com and follow us @Axalta on Twitter and on LinkedIn


    See link:  http://www.axaltacs.com/content/dam/Corporate/Documents/About%20Axalta/Axalta%20Brochure%202018.pdf


    Axalta Coating Systems is seeking an experienced Polymer Chemist with expertise in the synthesis and characterization of polymers. Preference will be given to candidates with experience in the polymerization of acrylics and/or synthesis of polyurethanes. The successful candidate will have at least seven (7) years prior industrial experience, and will join Axalta’s Global Innovation Center (GIC) in Philadelphia, PA. The GIC group develops high performance coatings for the Transportation, Refinish, and General Industrial markets.

    In addition to a strong background in the synthesis of acrylics or polyurethanes, the candidate should have an understanding of structure-property relationships of polymers, and polymer physics. Additional requirements include familiarity with modern polymer characterization techniques, including both microscopic and macroscopic characterization methodologies.



    • Synthesis of new polymers for use in advanced coatings.
    • Rational design of polymer architectures to achieve targeted properties.
    • Characterization of polymer microstructure. 
    • Characterization of macroscopic properties, including thermal, rheological, and mechanical.
    • Correlation of polymer structure with observed properties. 
    • Collaborate with a multi-faceted, global team in the development of novel coating systems for key markets. 
    • Work with multiple functions within the organization to drive novel coating systems to commercialization. 
    • Develop intellectual property protection for key innovations.
    • Supervise associate investigator(s), organize work flow, including setting and meeting key deadlines.
    • Provide technical mentorship to junior level colleagues.



    • PhD in Organic/Polymer Chemistry, Polymer Science, or Materials Science.
    • A minimum of seven (7) years prior industrial experience, including experience with the synthesis of acrylics or polyurethanes.
    • Demonstrated ability to work and contribute in a team environment.
    • Ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously.
    • Effective written and oral communication skills.
    • Demonstrated ability to lead and influence peers.


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