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Research Specialist (f/m/d)



INEOS Styrolution is the leading global styrenics supplier, with a focus on styrene monomer, polystyrene, ABS Standard and styrenic specialties. With world-class production facilities and more than 90 years of experience, INEOS Styrolution helps its customers succeed by offering solutions, designed to give them a competitive edge in their markets. At the same time, these innovative and sustainable best-in-class solutions help make the circular economy for styrenics a reality. The company provides styrenic applications for many everyday products across a broad range of industries, including automotive, electronics, household, construction, healthcare, packaging and toys/sports/leisure. In 2021, sales were at 6 billion euros. INEOS Styrolution employs approximately 3,600 people and operates 20 production sites in ten countries.

For our site in Chempark Dormagen we are looking for a

Research Specialist (f/m/d)  

(PhD in Chemistry)

Your Role:

The Research Specialist function is one of INEOS Styrolution’s global research and development experts for ASA polymers (Luran S) and ABS polymers (Terluran, Novodur) produced via a radical polymerization process and the applications where this product is involved. The function oversees laboratory activities, helps solving quality issues, drive product development for the future and ensures on-going competitiveness of current and future copolymer products both in commodities and specialties.

In general, the job holder will be responsible for the following:

  • Monitor costs of current projects and optimize processes 
  • Manage the approval process for proposed research projects
  • Ensure the availability and capacity of lab equipment and manpower to run current/planned activities
  • Manage global coordination with sites, RDCs and commercial teams
  • Support the overall INEOS Styrolution asset management, general development of plastics industry and new trends
  • Cooperate closed with internal/external clientes and manage softly their requirements, needs and demands
  • Ensure the availability of raw materials

Furthermore, the job holder will take action as follows: 

  • Respects and obeys the INEOS 20 principles of behavioural and process safety and Life Saving Rules
  • Is assigned with R&D tasks on copolymer topics
  • Those tasks comprise: improvement of existing product recipes, development of new product recipes based on business requirements and active support in other R&D and RDC projects.
  • Directs projects based on copolymers through a company-wide stage-gate process to deliver defined project results
  • Turns R&D topics – approved by Steering Committees – into efficient lab programs and supervises the timely and high-quality generation of results under highest scientific standards.
  • Has responsibility over the copolymer R&D laboratory, this includes aspects as SHE management, people management, inventory management, operational management, etc.
  • Is active in a structured transfer of R&D know-how and is personally involved until the new copolymer product/process is running or is implemented in our plants
  • Is writing R&D reports on frequent basis and final reports at project end.
  • Is actively interacting with all relevant stakeholders guided by his/her supervisor. Maintains close contact to all R&D sites and copolymer manufacturing sites around the globe in order to cumulate and grow the global know how on copolymer.
  • Runs copolymer IP management: Competition scan, IP generation and follow-up of running copolymer IP dossiers.
  • Identifies opportunities in the public (funded) project landscape in Germany and Europe and participates actively
  • Is active on training about copolymers and related analytical state-of-the-art and relevant skills, e.g. via scientific literature, conferences, training etc.
  • Actively builds network with universities and service labs
  • Embeds sustainability into projects
  • Is ready to travel to meet internal and external parties within the responsibilities of the job

Your Profile:

Overall, the job holder requires a doctor’s degree in chemistry or a related area, profound knowledge in polymer chemistry and material science

Furthermore, the following is required:

  • Planning experimental laboratory work, supervision of laboratory personal and solving scientific problems; experienced in project management, skill in analysis of patents and scientific literature as well as IT competence. Business acumen is a plus.
  • A minimum of 3 years of experience in R&D (university, industry) is mandatory
  • Knowledge of INEOS Styrolution products, processes and technologies across most of INEOS Styrolution industries, especially the copolymer products and its blends.
  • Understanding of emulsion and mass polymerization technology and rubber grafting process.
  • Understanding the interaction between polymer additives and intermediates.
  • Ability to evaluate technical, analytical and polymerphysical results and drawing conclusion for the future work
  • Analysis of patents and scientific literature in the field of polymer and material science.
  • Actively supports the publication and adoption of research findings into practice.
  • Is able to apply the appropriate regulations and legislation pragmatically and proportionately to their work
  • Good IT skills (mainly MS Word, Excel, Powerpoint)
  • German and English mandatory, any other language is helpful
  • Understanding of process/engineering aspects (of pilot plants)

These competencies would be helpful for a successful start into this role:

  • Identification with work that matters most – priority setting
  • Understanding the importance of team work and actively co-operatin in networks
  • Capability to work out project plans and delegate work
  • Communicating own ideas (internally and externally)
  • Scientific curiosity and desire for continuous learning
  • Pro-active and self-motivated working/learning style
  • Ability to ask for and act on feedback
  • Fluent in virtual work environment
  • Well-organized with good attention to details and accuracy
  • Cost-awareness
  • Appreciation of diverse cultures and regional practices
  • Pragmatic, solution-oriented thinking
  • Line Management Responsibility
  • Strong SHE (safety, health environment) awareness, aligning all activities along SHE standards.
  • Ability to empower others to meet and exceed their objectives and bring passion to their work
  • Initiate strategies to engage and retain key talent
  • Acts as challenger in a constructive way for the sake of continuous improvement
  • Project and resource planning

If you have any question, please contact Cornelia Koecke  phone +49 69 5095501200.

INEOS Styrolution Group GmbH, Mainzer Landstraße 50, 60325 Frankfurt, Germany

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