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Sr. Research Chemist/Research Associate OEM Solventborne Formulations

Company name
PPG Industries

Pittsburgh, PA
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['Sr. Research Chemist/Research Associate - OEM Solventborne Formulations','1700006422','United States-Pennsylvania-Pittsburgh-Allison Park - Coatings Research and Develop. Cntr','Corporate Staff Functions','Full-time','','Sep 12, 2017','!*!

PPG: We protect and beautify the world.

At PPG, we work every day to develop and deliver the paints, coatings and materials that our customers have trusted for more than 130 years. Through dedication and creativity, we solve our customers’ biggest challenges, collaborating closely to find the right path forward. With headquarters in Pittsburgh, we operate and innovate in more than 70 countries. We serve customers in construction, consumer products, industrial and transportation markets and aftermarkets. To learn more, visit and follow @ PPG on Twitter.

Why join us:

With PPG, you will find meaning in your work every day, and engage in opportunities that will shape you, personally and professionally.

Your personal strengths will empower you to succeed and make an impact from day one.

You will be inspired to learn and grow, and to get the support you need to identify and achieve your boldest career aspirations.

Your passion to excel will be fueled by your connection to world-class partners, industry experts, the best and brightest colleagues, and future forward technologies.

Your contributions will not only meet the challenges of our global customers, but help theme propel their industries forward.

You will be welcomed into a culture where everyone’s ideas and contributions are valued and encouraged. Just like you, we are driven to make a difference in our world. 

Key Responsibilities

This position will support research and development in solventborne automotive coatings, including clearcoats, basecoats, and primers. The research chemist/research associate will work in a formulations laboratory under the supervision of the group leader. The incumbent will plan, conduct and direct core research and test drills for the development of new and innovative automotive coating technologies while maintaining a focus on generating new intellectual property that can benefit PPG across multiple end-use markets. Responsibilities include leading one or more gated projects and identifying new technology opportunities through literature searches, technical scouting, competitive analysis and intellectual property review.

Main Activities/Duties:

Direct the lab activities of at least one technician, technologist, chemist, and/or engineer, and broadly support the training and development of employees.

Direct and actively participate in paint formulation, spray application and physical property testing of standard and experimental primers, basecoats, and clearcoats.

Develop and test new ideas that improve coating properties and appearance, meet regulatory requirements, address unmet market needs, or improve the efficiencies of existing products and processes.

Regularly communicate results through coatings reports, test drill presentations, and experimental summaries; support with Six Sigma-type statistical tools for experimental design and analysis.

Establish consistent interactions with product management and business leaders to maintain project alignment and resource allocation.

Network effectively and collaborate with other scientists and engineers across R&D, manufacturing, academia and industry; actively pursue sharing of knowledge and technical collaboration across strategic business units.

Build awareness of emerging business trends and create new formulations to address them.

Develop and maintain intellectual property assets; develop sound research project proposals leading to the successful launch of approved projects.

Limited travel (<10%) is likely','!*!Experience and Education

Ph.D. in a technical field such as Chemistry, Polymer Science, Coatings Science, Materials Science, Physics or Chemical Engineering and 3-5 years of relevant industrial and supervisory experience is preferred.  Previous coating formulation experience and demonstrated commercial success is desirable, as is experience with external customer interactions and presenting to diverse audiences. 

Functional and Technical Skills

Excellent written and oral communication skills

The ability to work both independently and as part of a cross-functional team

Successful application of statistical tools for DOE and data analysis

Excellent experimental design and project management skills

Supervisory and organizational skills

Demonstrated leadership capabilities through both formal and informal roles

Extreme attention to detail

PPG prides itself on the quality of its employees and as such, candidates who receive a job offer will be required to successfully pass a hair drug/toxins test and a background check. PPG Industries, Inc. offers an opportunity to grow and develop your career in an environment that provides a fulfilling workplace for employees, creates an environment for continuous learning, and embraces the ideas and diversity of others. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, pregnancy, race, color, creed, religion, national origin, age, disability status, protected veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other legally protected status. PPG is an Equal Opportunity Employer. You may request a copy of PPG’s affirmative action plan by emailing To read more about Equal Employment Opportunity please see attached links:

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Company Profile
PPG Industries' vision is to continue to be the world’s leading coatings and specialty products company. Through leadership in innovation, sustainability and color, PPG helps customers in industrial, transportation, consumer products, and construction markets and aftermarkets to enhance more surfaces in more ways than does any other company. Founded in 1883, PPG has global headquarters in Pittsburgh and operates in nearly 70 countries around the world. Sales in 2012 were $15.2 billion. PPG shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange (symbol: PPG).

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