Indorama Integrated Oxides & Derivatives is seeking an experienced Agrochemical Formulation & Application Research Chemist or Engineer . We are a large, specialty chemical company with a research center that develops new products in many markets. Our specialty in agrochemicals is inert ingredients, focused on surfactants and dispersants including formulation into active pesticides or tank mix adjuvants. The position is located in a beautiful, tree-filled suburb of Houston, appropriately named The Woodlands, in east-central Texas near the Gulf of Mexico. You will join a group of scientists and engineers conducting research in many areas, will be a technical leader and will fulfill many roles in the agricultural products area.
The ideal candidate will have demonstrated the ability to:
Develop new surfactant, dispersant and other technologies.
Prepare and apply new technologies to a wide variety of agrochemical formulation and tank mix adjuvant types.
Perform rheological measurements and other common test methods, such as emulsion and particle size testing, used for formulation characterization.
Identify opportunities within the agrochemicals market for the introduction of either existing or new and innovative surfactants, dispersants, and other ingredients developed by Indorama.
Serve as a key technical advisor to the core marketing and sales teams.
Meet with customers to understand their needs and represent Indorama at industry meetings.
Effectively communicate technical information during interactions with both scientists and non-scientists.
What will be expected from you?
Ensure full compliance with Indorama’s Ethics and EH&S guidelines and competition laws.
Participate and contribute to group safety meetings and the company safety culture.
Work proficiently and safely in the laboratory using standard techniques and identifying and implementing new techniques, where necessary.
Work cross-functionally to identify opportunities for the incorporation of products, or derivatives thereof, from other application areas into agrochemical systems and vice versa.
Formulate materials for the agrochemicals markets utilizing Indorama products in order to develop new product mixtures or demonstrate the performance of Indorama products.
Create new inert packages for active formulations.
Demonstrate the effectiveness of Indorama ingredients through application testing.
Formulate new tank-mix adjuvant mixtures that enhance the efficacy of various actives.
Devise innovative solutions to customer-driven formulation projects.
Lead or assist in developing new inert ingredients for the agrochemicals market including surfactants, dispersants and other inert additives and formulants for, agrochemical actives, adjuvants, or other ancillary markets and assist in their registration with US EPA and other regulatory entities.
Synthesize or aid in the development of innovative molecules for market- or customer-driven applications.
Assist EH&S in the registration of new molecules with US EPA and other regulatory entities.
Provide first class technical support as an application/formulation expert to customers related to R&D and commercial products/samples.
Direct the activities of technicians in their day-to-day activities, including performing experiments, testing materials, setting up and testing new laboratory equipment and ordering items for the lab.
Support the scale-up of new products to ensure that product specifications and quantity requirements are satisfied.
Support marketing, technical services and Indorama by developing, reviewing, critiquing and presenting communications such as Technical Data Sheets, slide presentations, posters, technical papers, etc. to customers, distributors and others.
Write reports (monthly, project, etc.) that document and effectively communicate progress on assigned projects.
Give presentations to management concerning projects and the progress of work.
Present materials at Ag industry meetings and in meetings offsite with customers.
Travel to customer locations and industry meetings to present to customers and make industry contacts concerning technical opportunities (Travel: 10-20%).
Provide training to Indorama associates and others on Indorama’s Agrochemical product offerings and their applications including laboratory demonstrations.
Provide training to and work with customers on the application of Indorama’s Agrochemical products.
What are we looking for in the ideal candidate?
A degree in Chemistry or Chemical Engineering with experience in the agrochemicals formulation and applications: Ph.D. with 10+ years of experience or M.S. with 12+ years of experience.
Proficiency in the development of a wide variety of agrochemical formulation types (SL, EC, ME, SC, CS, etc.)
Experience with utilizing statistical techniques, e.g. experimental designs (DoE), to reduce the development time of new products.
Experience in all phases of product development, e.g. laboratory to market.
Have patent or patent applications, written papers or presentations demonstrating the required skills.
Works well in teams and has excellent people skills.
Possess excellent writing skills.
Be able to present materials to an audience consisting of management, technical or non-technical colleagues, distributors or customers in such a way as to create understanding of the materials presented.
What can we offer you?
Indorama Ventures Oxides & Derivatives is a leading chemical intermediates and surfactants producer with a diverse range of products in growth markets such as home & personal care, agrochemicals, oilfield technologies, fuel & lube additives and more. The successful candidate will receive a competitive compensation and will be eligible to participate in a comprehensive benefits package which includes: medical, vision and dental, basic life insurance, AD&D insurance, and 401k. Here, you can make an impact and make a difference. Come join us!