• Physical Organic Scientist

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


    Axalta Coating Systems Ltd. ("Axalta," or the "Company"), is a leading global manufacturer, marketer and distributor of high performance coatings systems.  With over a 150-year heritage in the coatings industry, Axalta is known for manufacturing high-quality products with well-recognized brands supported by market-leading technology and customer service.

    Over the course of the Company's history, Axalta has remained at the forefront of the industry by continually developing innovative coatings technologies designed to enhance the performance and appearance of customer's products, while improving the customer's productivity and profitability. Axalta's diverse global footprint of 50 manufacturing facilities, four technology centers, 47 customer training centers and more than 14,000 team members allows the Company to meet the needs of customers in over 130 countries. Axalta serves its customer base through an extensive sales force and technical support organization, as well as through approximately 4,000 independent, locally-based distributors. The Company's scale and strong local presence are critical to its success, allowing leverage of the technology portfolio and customer relationships globally while meeting customer demands locally.

    Axalta operates its business in two operating segments: Performance Coatings and Transportation Coatings, serving four end markets, including:  Refinish, Industrial, Light Vehicle and Commercial Vehicle, across the following four regions: North America, EMEA, Latin America and Asia-Pacific.

    For more information please visit our website www.axalta.com or follow us on Twitter @axalta and on LinkedIn.


    Axalta Coating Systems is seeking a Physical Organic Chemist with a strong background in reaction mechanisms and chemical kinetics.   The candidate should also have expertise in non-covalent interactions and should have a firm grasp of modern analytical methods. This role will involve the conversion of chemical species to higher molecular weight polymer systems, while in the form of an organic film or coating.   The final coating may contain additional organic and/or inorganic ingredients, creating a mixture of chemical species with complex interactions. The tools of physical organic chemistry, in conjunction with solid-state characterization techniques, will be used to connect microscopic structure to macroscopic properties.  

    The successful candidate will join Axalta’s new Global Innovation Center (GIC) located in the Navy Yard in Philadelphia, PA. The GIC group develops high performance coatings for the Transportation, Refinish, and General Industrial markets.


    • Study and interpret complex chemical transformations.
    • Develop understanding of how environmental conditions affect transformations.
    • Rational design of molecular and polymer architectures to achieve targeted properties.
    • Characterization of molecular, oligomeric, and 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.



    • PhD in Organic, Physical, or Physical Organic Chemistry.
    • Demonstrated ability to work and contribute in a team environment.
    • Strong intellectual curiosity combined with results-driven approach.
    • Ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously.
    • Effective written and oral communication skills.
    • Immigration or work visa sponsorship will not be provided.


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