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R&D Application Chemist

Polymer Modified Concrete

Mallard Creek Polymers (MCP) is a leading manufacturer and supplier of styrene-butadiene, acrylic and vinyl acetate emulsion polymers for a wide variety of applications.  The R&D Application Chemist is responsible for bringing technical solutions to our customers for an assigned product line, application, and/or industry by working in a collaborative manner with the customer as well as internal technical, sales and marketing colleagues. This position will perform hands-on laboratory work using MCP products in customer formulations as well as coach the day to day activities of assigned laboratory staff.  This role will be focused primarily on cement modified and concrete applications for the construction and energy sectors.  Key responsibilities include the following: 

Essential Job Duties/Responsibilities (others may be assigned):

  • Utilizes in-depth technical know-how on specific product line, customer & industry test methods and/or product use in industry specific application in order to sell more of MCP products; supports test method development in conjunction with external test method societies
  • Focused primarily on developing and testing MCP products in customer formulations. Performs hands-on work in the lab; responsible for demonstrating the value of MCP products
  • Stays current with trends, development and innovations in focus industry and the relevant product lines, maintain knowledge of customer application testing, and supports business growth through paper presentations at trade shows/conferences, training of direct and indirect customers
  • Provides on-site customer support for sales and marketing colleagues when in-depth product support is needed
  • Develops justification for new product development to meet customer needs; requires regular interaction with synthesis and production colleagues
  • Regular communication with customers and internal MCP organization
  • Ensures the safety of self and team members


  • Customer facing interaction to solve problems using MCP products
  • Collaborates with R&D Colleagues, Sales and Marketing
  • Works with production and QC functions to establish expectations for products for which this position is responsible


  • Bachelor’s degree in chemistry or material science (or similar field)
  • Minimum 5 years’ (10 years desired) related experience, or equivalent combination of education and industrial experience; experience in concrete admixtures and testing protocols is desired
  • Excellent communication skills (written, verbal, presentation)
  • Track-record of working with multi-faceted teams through knowledge-sharing, coaching and mentoring
  • Ability to identify R&D opportunities through interaction and knowledge of markets, industry, and customers, champion filling the R&D pipeline
  • Computer skills required: familiar with MS Windows, Office 365; can learn and operate computer-controlled laboratory equipment

Physical Requirements:

  • Must be able to lift up to 50 pounds
  • Laboratory duties include standing at a lab bench for extended periods of time, bending, lifting and reaching
  • Must be able to work at a desk/ operate laptop computer


  • This position requires frequent travel to customers and industry events; approximately 25% of the time

Reports To:

  • R&D Leader

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Mallard Creek Polymers is an Equal Opportunity Employer