Date: Oct 31, 2023

Location: Midland, MI, US, 48642

Company: Lubrizol Corporation

The Lubrizol Corporation, a Berkshire Hathaway company, is committed to enabling a sustainable future. Our unmatched science unlocks immense possibilities at the molecular level, driving sustainable and measurable results to help the world Move Cleaner, Create Smarter and Live Better. Our solutions are used by people every day, improving billions of lives around the world. 

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. 

The Research Chemist is responsible for all facets of testing from sample preparation to reporting of results. The majority of the workday is spent in a laboratory setting working with new and used oils, solvents, chemicals and equipment utilized to complete testing. This person is responsible for ensuring safety and good housekeeping practices during daily operations, as well as, operating and maintaining the equipment.



  • Operate and maintain key pieces of test equipment for the SRI refrigeration oil group including: the PVT (Pressure Viscosity and Temperature) Instrument, miscibility, and ASHREA sealed glass tube stability test. Must have good dexterity for these last two tests in manipulating and sealing glass tubes.
  • Operate and maintain analytical lab equipment, including: ESI-MS, TGA, PDSC, Rheometer, Digital Microscopy, FTIR, IC, GC/MS and ICP.
  • Develop new analytical methods as required.
  • Operate and maintain standard lubricant laboratory test equipment, including: viscometers, pour point, flash point, total acid number (TAN), water, dielectric strength, density, color, etc.
  • Conduct quality tests following work procedures and ASTM/GB methods.  Reference appropriate resource documents in CPI training manual and IW (test methods)
  • Enter and upload test data into Lubrizol internal software GBTRS
  • Understand and perform testing calculations; ability to identify and resolve incorrect calculations and process the calculations manually if necessary.  Recognize data inconsistencies before uploading.
  • Recognize validity of test data.  Notify supervisor regarding non-conformances and be able to identify root causes of inconsistent test data.  Perform routine troubleshooting and repair on tests and equipment.
  • Plot reference data on control charts.  Understand control charting and when to investigate potential issues.  Must be able to identify, troubleshoot, and work closely with customers to resolve issues or problems.  Appropriately elevate the situation to supervisor and/or customer when necessary.
  • Recognize priority conflicts of testing; prioritize and communicate test schedules to customers.  Run multiple tests at a time.
  • Facilitate sample flow between work area and other areas in the department.  Communicate issues to appropriate personnel. 
  • Articulate and communicate testing issues to co-worker, supervisor, and customer.  Provide timely status updates.  Work with customers on special requests.  Follow-up on customer questions or concerns.
  • Follow HSES procedures of laboratory to operate in a safe and efficient manner while maintaining good housekeeping practices in the work area. Requires use of appropriate PPE, Personal Protective Equipment, to fulfill safety requirements. 
  • Actively get involved with contributions to safety, housekeeping, environmental and process improvement initiatives.


Skills and Competencies Requirements:

  • Associates degree (2-year) in related physical science required with minimum 2 years of industrial experience
  • B.A. or B.S. in Chemistry preferred
  • Industrial experience (lubricant and/or synthesis) preferred
  • Language - Fluent in English, both written and verbal 
  • Physical - Ability to lift pail size (20 liter) quantities, blend lubricants with additives and ensure the final formulations are within their designed specification. Additionally, the candidate must have manual dexterity for manipulating and sealing glass tubes for the refrigeration lubricant testing.
  • Problem Solving and Critical Thinking Skills
  • Time Management, Analytical and Organizational Skills  


If you’re interested in the position, we encourage you to apply. Lubrizol is always looking for candidates who embody our cultural beliefs in everything they do. If you’re All In, Lead Decisively, Take Action, Think External, and can Be Courageous, Lubrizol could be the place for you.







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