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Location: Collegeville, Pennsylvania
Type: Full Time
Preferred Education: 4 Year Degree
Years of Experience:
The Dow Chemical Company has an exciting and challenging opportunity for a Research Scientist in the Paper Coatings segment, part of Dow Coating Materials (DCM) located in Collegeville, PA.
DCM provides innovative raw material technologies that help advance the performance and sustainability of a broad portfolio of polymeric binders, dispersants, rheology modifiers, surfactants, defoamers, and wetting agents for a wide variety of end markets, including paints, traffic markings, industrial coatings, paper packaging, metal packaging, and performance additives.
DCM's product portfolio for paper packaging includes a range of products and chemistries used in coating systems for paperboard, solid bleached sulfate (SBS) paperboard, and specialty papers. We offer a broad portfolio and strong legacy of technologies and chemistries, such as POLYCO™ and RHOPLEX™ binders that are well-known in the paper industry and have earned a reputation for excellence. Our RHOBARR™ branded products are enabling new advances in sustainable paper and fiber-based packaging with unique combinations of superior barrier performance, processability, and certified repulpability/recyclability.
The Paper Coatings segment is a strategic investment area and growth engine for DCM. Sustainability is an important market driver for brand owners, with increasing adoption of paper packaging formats because of high recycling rates, mature recycling infrastructure, and widespread consumer acceptance of paper packaging. The Research Scientist will provide project leadership and strategic direction for new technical innovations and capabilities to address key needs for paper and fiber-based packaging. The Research Scientist will partner with multiple DCM functions (Technical, Marketing, Sales, Operations) and collaborate with other Dow organizations (Core R&D, Ventures & Business Development, and Dow businesses) to advance the innovation portfolio. Finally, external engagement with value chain partners (customers, paper producers, packaging converters, industry trade associations, universities, and national labs) will be an important component of this role.
Current innovation efforts are driven by increasing consumer and brand-owner demand for sustainable packaging solutions. Focus areas include the development of polymer chemistries and formulated products with enhanced barrier performance to water, oil and grease, water vapor, oxygen, and aroma, alongside improved sustainability (including but not limited to bio-sourced and/or bio-degradable polymers) and recyclability and compostability certifications. Candidates with an interest in design and formulation of new materials, application of waterborne coatings using industry-standard coating and converting processes, and/or developing structure-property relationships to guide new product development should apply.
Note: Domestic relocation assistance is available for this role and may be provided based on eligibility.