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Sr Research Associate

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Specialty Granules LLC

Hagerstown, MD

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60%      Provide technical direction for smaller projects and conduct testing and analysis as part of larger project teams and technical service activities and contribute to driving R&D projects to commercial fruition

20%      Drive pilot and production scale-up activities in support of commercialization of products and processes

10%      Develop new and revised test procedures to address needs of R&D, operations, and the customer

10%      Perform other duties as assigned


Technical knowledge

Problem solving

Initiating action


Planning and organizing

Continuous improvement 


Driving for results

Work standards

Technical knowledge/skills (entry, intermediate, advanced)

Strong chemistry and engineering skills (intermediate)

Uses standard DOE packages to set up and analyze experiments and able to use SPC data to progress in trouble-shooting (intermediate)

Laboratory safety and understanding of OSHA and MSHA requirements (intermediate)

Knowledge in product quality tests, and understands product requirements versus specifications (intermediate)

Capable of refining and reducing to practice patentable/trade secret ideas and concepts (intermediate)

Required to become familiar with a product line, SGI businesses, scale up processes (intermediate)

General knowledge/skills (entry, intermediate, advanced)

Effective verbal and written communicator (intermediate)

Computer skills, including MS Excel, Word, and PowerPoint (advanced)

Prioritizes projects and tasks based on assigned project priorities (intermediate)

Analysis & problem solving skills (intermediate)

Collaborative and team-building skills (intermediate)


Provides technical direction for several smaller projects

Normally receives general direction on key and larger projects, especially at project onset

Could be providing technical service for key product lines

Must work with functional resources to achieve goals

May supervise a technician

Manages own time and capable of managing technician flow

Adherence to performance review and goal setting process

Proactively seeks guidance from other team members when needed

Good ability to apply feedback received for process improvement

Required to give formal technical progress/project reports to R&D and management


BS in Chemistry, Materials Science, or other chemical/engineering disciplines, with 2-4 years relevant experience or 3-6 years of other industrial laboratory / R&D experience.


No. of direct reports:                0-1

No. of indirect reports:             N/A

Travel Requirements:               Domestic up to 15%

Working Conditions:                Primarily industrial R&D laboratory and office setting with occasional duties at manufacturing locations. Work at a manufacturing location may be performed in enclosed facilities and/or outdoor areas where extremes of heat, cold, dust, noise, wet conditions and rough terrain exist.

Physical Requirements:           Computer, ability to make oral presentations, MSHA / OSHA, lifting objects up to 40 lbs., extended or irregular hours, bending, kneeling, stooping.

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