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Senior Urethane Synthesis Chemist

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Date: Jan 12, 2021

Location: Brecksville, OH, US, 44141

Company: Lubrizol Corporation

Req ID: 61943


Lubrizol, a Berkshire Hathaway company, is a market-driven global company that combines complex, specialty chemicals to optimize the quality, performance and value of customers’ products while reducing their environmental impact.   Lubrizol produces and supplies technologies to customers in the global transportation, industrial and consumer markets.  These technologies include lubricant additives for engine oils, driveline and other transportation-related fluids, industrial lubricants, and additives for gasoline and diesel fuel.  In addition, Lubrizol makes ingredients and additives for home care and personal care products and pharmaceuticals, and specialty materials, including plastics technology and performance coatings in the form of resins and additives.

Please note that this position is located in Cleveland Ohio*


Accountability Statement: In support of Estane's growth goals, design technical solutions and create information for new technologies so that value decisions can be made. Work cooperatively with PT and Applications for efficient commercialization of new products. Provide technical information and recommendations to assist in manufacturing problem solving from pilot to full scale production.


Summary of Responsibilities:

The Senior Scientist is primarily responsible for leading polymer synthesis to improve current products or to develop new products with unique performance characteristics. The position will work with business teams to identify and lead new technology platforms that deliver a new and valuable capability.


  • Develop a deep working understanding of thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) polymer physics, chemistry, synthesis and scale-up.
  • Work with business teams and/or customers to identify significant market needs.
  • Translate identified market needs into polymer characteristics and the chemistry to achieve them.
  • Develop new TPU products and formulations and other high performance thermoplastic elastomers.
  • Support process development and scale up of new products.
  • Deepen organizational understanding of TPU structure-performance relationships.
  • Perform independent research in a multidisciplinary environment on complex issues.
  • Use advanced chemical knowledge, data analytics, modeling, and statistical tools to solve technical challenges.
  • Communicate new learning to colleagues, sponsors and customers in the form of reports and presentations.
  • Create and secure intellectual property.
  • Stay current with the state of the art in TPU chemistry, test methods and processing techniques.
  • Proactively maintain a safe working environment.



  • Ph.D. in Polymer Science, Chemistry, Materials Science or related field
  • 5+ Years of industrial experience in polymer synthesis
    • Experience in high performance thermoplastic elastomers is desirable
  • Experience translating customer needs and performance gaps into product characteristics
  • Track record of innovation leading to commercializing new products
  • Strong project management skills including the ability to manage multiple projects concurrently.
  • Ability to lead diverse, multidisciplinary work teams
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and experience with customer interactions
  • Up to 20% global travel
    • Willingness to travel as needed




With multiple facilities in and around Cleveland, Ohio, Lubrizol is located in one of the largest economic regions in the United States. For the last seven years Lubrizol has been named one of the top workplaces in Northeast Ohio, and in 2016 was judged as the number one workplace by Northeast Ohio’s annual Top Workplaces survey. Buzzing with business, culture, knowledge and entertainment, Northeast Ohio is a vibrant place for people of all ages and walks of life to live, learn, work and play.  This region offers a little bit of everything for everyone - ethnically-diverse communities, affordable housing, award-winning schools and universities, world-class healthcare, indoor waterparks and zoos, ski resorts, museums, halls of fame, one of the longest water-fronts in the country, and the most concentrated square mile of art, cultural, education and health institutions in the nation.  From making your heart race at Cedar Point, to attending a professional sporting event or biking or hiking through over the 100,000 acres of state parks, to catching a Broadway show at Playhouse Square - the second largest performing arts center in the country, you can make it happen right here in Cleveland, Ohio.


Lubrizol is an equal opportunity employer.  Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status.

Nearest Major Market: Cleveland

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