Reference : 587073

Chemist II - R & D Testing Group

  • Research and Development
  • United States Malvern
  • Permanent / Regular (US)
  • Posting date : 07/22/2021

Position description

The Chemist will use state of the art laboratory equipment to perform accurate and timely chemical analysis of products/materials and reporting these data in concise laboratory reports.  The role extends to assisting clients in determining the analytical options available and interpretation of data provided. 

The individual will work closely with the Group Leader in evaluating, recommending and acquiring new analytical technologies/capabilities to replace or augment the current instrumentation.  The Chemist will maintain the analytical equipment through proper servicing or preventative maintenance in conjunction with manufacturer to maximize up-time.

The Chemist will review and update test methods used for analytical characterization as needed to maintain an efficient and effective process for meeting or exceeding client’s expectations. Ensure proper training of analytical laboratory methods is delivered to staff scientists and technicians as appropriate to foster their CertainTeed career.  The Chemist will work with the Group Leader as needed to drive the various testing, safety and 5S programs to completion.   


  • Review incoming technical requests for the Analytical Chemistry Lab and determine proper techniques needed to provide results to support new product development, product maintenance, cost saving projects and plant operations.
  • Perform analyses, critically analyze data and write accurate and concise reports to respond to clients in a timely manner.
  • Maintain analytical testing capability by working with Group Leader to evaluate, recommend and acquire new analytical equipment.
  • Develop/update test methods used for analytical characterization and participate to ASTM, ISO or training activities relative to these methods.
  • Train co-op, temporary personnel, scientists and technicians as needed to maintain testing capabilities for CertainTeed R&D.
  • Support progress in the areas of lab safety and 5s by leading and coaching team members as needed. 
  • Some supervisory responsibility for co-op during Group Leader’s occasional absence due to travel.


  • Experience with spectroscopic methods (AA, UV and XRF) and thermal analysis methods (DMA, DSC and TGA) of polymeric and inorganic materials is a plus.
  • Method development and validation experience and training of scientists and technicians.
  • The Chemist should have superior organizational, communication and critical thinking skills in order to quickly discern the proper path(s) for analyzing products and materials to provide answers to customers at all levels of the business.
  • The Chemist will not only employ standard CertainTeed, ASTM and ISO methods to supply information, but must be able to develop methods that respond to specific customer needs and problems.
  • Flexible, open-minded team player with excellent written and verbal communication skills, which include technical writing and documentation
  • Excellent interpersonal and problem solving capabilities to work effectively in corporate, manufacturing and team environments
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry, Polymer Chemistry or Material Science with 3+ years’ experience in an academic lab or a commercial lab of a major manufacturing company with experience in wet chemical, chromatographic (GC/MS & LC/MS) and spectroscopic (FT-IR and ICP) methods, or an entry level Master’s Degree in Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry, Polymer Chemistry or Material Science.
  • Up to 10% travel requirement for local and international conferences, instrument training and visits/trials at manufacturing plants.

Who are we ?

Through the responsible development of innovative and sustainable building products, CertainTeed, headquartered in Malvern, Pennsylvania, has helped shape the building products industry for more than 110 years. Founded in 1904 as General Roofing Manufacturing Company, the firm's slogan "Quality Made Certain, Satisfaction Guaranteed," inspired the name CertainTeed. Today, CertainTeed is a leading North American brand of exterior and interior building products, including roofing, siding, fence, decking, railing, trim, insulation, drywall and ceilings.

A subsidiary of Saint-Gobain, one of the world’s largest and oldest building products companies, CertainTeed has more than 6,300 employees and more than 60 manufacturing facilities throughout the United States and Canada.

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