Sr. Research Chemist

Date: Sep 11, 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

As a Senior Research Chemist your innovations will impact our future. The primary focus will be working with the key customer of emerging technologies in refrigeration and developing lubricant products that meet these needs.



  • Lead the project to work with customers and OEM's to design, conduct, and document lubricant product development with new and existing refrigerants. 
  • Lead the project to anticipate, determine, and understand the emerging market trends and needs of our customers to apply product technologies to satisfy those requirements
  • Represent CPI at ASHRAE and other industry trade organizations and actively participate in their technical committees.
  • Attend appropriate industry conferences and symposiums focused on emerging refrigeration technologies
  • Develop a good understanding of the intellectual property landscape and track pertinent literature 
  • Develop training for internal and external customers in refrigeration lubricants for current and emerging technologies. 
  • Work with multidisciplinary team (procurement, mechanical testing, synthesis, and modeling) to coordinate product development efforts in emerging technologies. 
  • Actively participate in project review meetings for refrigeration. 
  • Provide technical support to sales, customers, and partners as needed
  • Perform independent research in a multidisciplinary environment on emerging refrigeration issues
  • Ability to maintain an accurate, clear legal record of experiment results and provide written summaries and interpretation of results 
  • Interpret and communicate results to colleagues, sponsors and customers 
  • Understand and comply with all applicable internal corporate and external health, safety and environmental policies; act consistently with corporate standards of integrity


Skill, Experience, and Qualifications: 

  • Ph.D. in Chemistry or Engineering with 15+ years of experience in lubricants 



  • Experience with HVAC system OEM’s and/or key raw material suppliers
  • Refrigeration lubricant experience
  • Knowledge and experience of tribology and tribological testing
  • Thermodynamic modeling of gas/liquid refrigeration systems
  • Phase behavior, equations of state and their practical application



  • Capable of independent action; takes initiative and leads decisively.
  • Excellent decision making, problem solving skills, and the ability to interpret and translate experimental results into customer needs
  • Ability to set objectives and identify resources/processes to accomplish goals         
  • Ability to anticipate, identify, and effectively assess issues/situations, gather data and background information, analyze information and determine steps for solution



  • Ability to work independently and cooperatively in a multidisciplinary environment
  • Excellent organizational and communication skills
  • Strong organizational, interpersonal, written and oral communications skills 
  • Strong team focus


Working Conditions: 

  • Requires frequent domestic and international travel.
  • Requires use of appropriate PPE, Personal Protective Equipment, to fulfill safety requirements.



What Lubrizol offers:

  • 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



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.







Nearest Major Market: Midland Michigan
Nearest Secondary Market: Saginaw

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