Senior Scientist

Fulltime, -

Bridgewater, New Jersey, United States Apply Now Apply until: Open until further notice

Career Opportunity: Senior Scientist - Req. #5453 


About Nouryon

Nouryon is a global specialty chemicals leader. Markets and consumers worldwide rely on our essential solutions to manufacture everyday products, such as personal care, cleaning goods, paints and coatings, agriculture and food, pharmaceuticals, and building products. The dedication of more than 8,000 employees with a shared commitment to our customers, business growth, safety, sustainability, and innovation has resulted in a consistently strong financial performance.



We operate in over 80 countries around the world and our portfolio of industry-leading brands includes Eka, Dissolvine, Trigonox, and Berol.  Please visit our website at:



Nouryon has an excellent opportunity for a Senior Scientist in Bridgewater, NJ.


Key Objective:

The successful candidate will join the Nouryon team and be responsible for the research, development, and evaluation of surfactant ingredients for the home and personal care segments.  This may include developments for various sub-segments, such as hard surface cleaners, degreasers, laundry and dish washing products, personal cleansing systems, conditioners, sunscreens, and skin care products.



Key Responsibilities:

  • Provide solutions for technical challenges based on deep scientific knowledge of surfactants for consumer markets, with biosurfactant knowledge a plus
      • Understanding of key surfactant principles, including wetting, foaming, antifoaming, emulsifying, solubilizing, detergency
  • Conduct research and development of experimental surfactants in the target home and personal care application areas
  • Demonstrate knowledge of surfactant interactions to offer formulation and/or application solutions using Nouryon’s ingredients in the target home and personal care application areas
  • Use, improve, and implement new methodologies and tools to link test data to consumer attributes in above market areas
  • Provide input to the business and/or RD&I strategy, translating this strategy into plans and initiatives for the development of own field of expertise
  • Identify opportunities for technical innovation and translating them to RD&I initiatives
  • Deliver results for large sized and/or complex projects on time, with Project Management skills a plus
  • Identify project needs and organize & execute projects, accordingly, reporting results to the SBU, BU, or business levels
  • Lead the technical portion of innovation projects and ensure execution and delivery, using multiple areas of expertise
  • Create new technological developments and link them to market trends/customer needs; translate these into RD&I initiatives
  • Discover new methods of utilizing scientific equipment for relevant research methods and techniques in own field as well as develop, implement, and improve existing methods and techniques
  • Generate IP applications to protect own research work and analyze 3rd party IP and formulate response to Examiner actions
  • Formulate and present possible solution directions and issue advice at request or at own initiative
  • Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of products, solutions, and/or technologies in respective field
  • Understand impact of future drivers and apply this knowledge to the development and improvement of technologies
  • Mentor, train, and coach colleagues to build knowledge and expertise
  • Maintain and promote a safe work environment.  End results are zero or minimum safety incidents and a clean, orderly working environment



  • Functional Excellence: Surfactant Research, Development & Application
  • Problem Solver
  • Experimental Principles and Design
  • Business and Technical Communication
  • Market and Product Insight
  • Customer Focus
  • Results-Driven
  • Team player
  • Excellent Interpersonal Skills
  • Ability to Deal with Ambiguity
  • Build Strong Working Relationships
  • Creative
  • Excellent multi-tasking, organizational, and communication (written and presentation) skills
  • Interface internally with the marketing, technical service, technology, and manufacturing groups, and externally with customers to fulfill solution needs within targeted home and personal care markets


Education Requirements:

MS or PhD in Chemistry or related field

Ten to fifteen+ years of surfactants research and development experience, preferably in the home and personal care market segments

Perform hands-on laboratory bench work

Ability to communicate effectively with all levels within the technical and business networks

10-15% travel, required



*All applicants offered positions by Nouryon, will be required to provide proof of their fully vaccinated COVID-19 status prior to beginning employment, subject to any exceptions made by Nouryon for religious or disability-related reasons*

*All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, colour, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or veteran status*


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