Formulation & Application Scientist - Performance Coatings

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Date: Jul 1, 2024

Location: Brecksville, OH, US, 44141

Company: Lubrizol Corporation

Job Title: Formulation & Application Scientist

Job Location: Brecksville, Ohio 

Job type: Full-Time

Type of role: On-Site


About Lubrizol  
The Lubrizol Corporation, a Berkshire Hathaway company, is a specialty chemical company whose science delivers sustainable solutions to advance mobility, improve wellbeing and enhance modern life. Founded in 1928, Lubrizol owns and operates more than 100 manufacturing facilities, sales, and technical offices around the world and has about 8,000 employees. For more information, visit

We value diversity in professional backgrounds and life experiences. By enabling a consistent, unbiased, and transparent recruitment process, Lubrizol seeks to create a positive experience for candidates so we can get to know them at their best. We recognize unique work and life situations and offer flexibility, ensuring our employees feel engaged and fulfilled in every aspect of life.   

Join Our Thriving Team at Lubrizol as a Formulation & Application Scientist

Unleash Your Potential. At Lubrizol we're transforming the coatings industry and looking for exceptional talent to join us on this journey. If you are ready to join an international company with talent around the world, and want to make a real impact, we want you on our team.


What You'll Do:

As a Formulation & Application Scientist, you'll be at the forefront of our innovation. You'll collaborate with a diverse group of passionate individuals to deliver sustainable solutions to advance mobility, improve wellbeing and enhance modern life. The Scientist will advance our fundamental understanding of our resins and polymer technology in support of Lubrizol’s Performance Coatings in the Industrial, wood and protective coatings market segment. This includes new product development and product modifications to improve coating performances to meet and exceed customer expectations while improving efficiency during manufacturing and application. This role will have the primary responsibility to drive new product development in both water and solvent-borne coatings to meet our global business and technical targets.


What We're Looking For:

  • Lead and/or support development of new resins and polymers for 1 and 2K, water and solvent-borne coatings for Wood, Concrete, Direct to Metal and Anti-Corrosion applications.
    • Accountable for the execution of medium and long-term projects to develop coatings polymers with unique and differentiated performance for various substrates.
    • Deliver project milestones focused on results against meeting customer’s timeline expectations.
    • Analyze and communicate test results, challenges, and opportunities to internal and external stakeholders.
  • Operate with safety at the forefront and actively participate in the department safety programs.
  • Work on development of in-house formulation and testing capabilities at the bench in collaboration with technicians in the lab and working with Senior Chemists.
  • Develop and apply structure-property relationship for resins, pigments, and additives.
  • Work as an active member of cross-functional team ensuring alignment of project definition with marketing.
  • Evaluate and test experimental polymers to provide results and recommendations to the development team.
  • Build strong relationship and collaboration with synthesis personnel for product development projects.
  • Support customer evaluations of Lubrizol’s polymers and formulations.


Skills That Make a Difference:

  • B.S./M.S./Ph.D. degree in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Materials/Polymer Science, or related field from an accredited college/university with a minimum 3+ years’ experience formulating and testing water and solvent-borne coatings.
  • Skills to develop and implement coatings characterization methods and to interpret results.
  • Experience in the use of statistical methods for design of experiments, data modeling, and analysis of results.
  • Fundamental understanding of one component (1K) and two component (2K) coatings technologies in both waterborne and solvent borne systems.
  • Ability to work independently and in multi-disciplinary teams.
  • Knowledge of paint application equipment and techniques.
  • Experience supporting multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Self-starter, highly motivated toward achievements, results oriented and team player.
  • Ability to travel as needed to support the evaluations and commercialization of new products (est. 10%).

Considered a Plus:

  • Advanced degree
  • Experience in Wood, Masonry, Protective, Industrial coatings market.
  • Experience in conducting electrochemical testing.
  • Experience in developing high throughput and automated test systems.

Perks and Rewards That Inspire:

  • Competitive salary with performance-based bonus plans
  • 401k Match plus Age Weighted Defined Contribution
  • Competitive medical, dental and vision offerings
  • Health Savings Account
  • Paid Holidays, Vacation, Parental Leave


Ready for your next career step? Apply today and let's shape the future together! 

It’s an exciting time to be part of Lubrizol. Lubrizol is not staying put. We are continually learning and evolving. Our passion delivers our success — not only for Lubrizol but for those who count on us every day: our employees, customers and communities. 

We work with a relentless commitment to operate safely and responsibly, keeping safety, sustainability, ethics, and compliance at the forefront of everything we do. The well-being of our employees, customers and communities is paramount to our culture and in the way we approach our work.

As a diverse, global team, we work together to solve some of the world’s most pressing challenges. We impact everyday lives through science only Lubrizol can deliver, and we never stop pushing to do it better.

One of the founding principles of The Lubrizol Corporation more than 90 years ago was treating every employee with dignity and respect. That same commitment is only stronger today. 

More than that, we are committed to providing an environment where every employee can be the best they can be, no matter their race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, protected veteran status or any other characteristic. 



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