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Formulation Chemist - Scientist

Company: H.B. Fuller
Location: Aurora
Posted on: June 8, 2021

Job Description:

Formulation Chemist - Scientist

Aurora, Illinois;

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H.B. Fuller is a leading global adhesives provider focusing on perfecting adhesives, sealants and other specialty chemicals across all industries throughout the world. While our products are virtually invisible, they play a vital role in ensuring the quality of modern life and we are committed to connecting what matters to solve some of the world's biggest adhesion challenges.

H.B. Fuller Construction Adhesives provides technologically advanced solutions to the commercial, industrial and residential construction industry. The company's recognized and trusted brands are available through an extensive network of distributors and dealers, as well as home improvement retailers.

Formulation Chemist - Scientist

Location: Aurora, IL


The Scientist II has the primary responsibility for conducting research tasks coordinated by more experienced scientists and managers. In general, a Scientist II conducts laboratory bench work tasks, physical testing and supports QA and Operations in trouble shooting manufacturing issues. This position is responsible for product development, cost saving initiatives, and production support. This person will be dealing primarily with water based and solvent based adhesives, sealants, and coatings for utilities and infrastructure. This includes thermal insulation, HVAC, water proofing, and general construction.


This individual is involved in a variety of research, development and technical service activities, including:

  • Developing solvent based and water-based coatings, adhesives and sealants for the utilities and infrastructure division
  • Conducting and analyzing experiments on organic and inorganic substances to determine and evaluate their chemical and physical properties and to investigate their applications to industry
  • Carrying out experiments to improve upon or to duplicate materials, substances and engaging in research to identify new methods of processing or production
  • Applying and interpreting standard scientific theories, concepts, and techniques
  • Completing basic projects independently, drawing conclusions with guidance, and reproducing and articulating results and their meaning, including business impact
  • Supporting product or process demonstrations
  • Identifying and developing solutions to problems where causal relationships can be identified, and some precedence may exist
  • Documenting test results and making process improvement recommendations.
  • Documenting project updates and executing projects using project management methodologies
  • Fulfilling responsibilities as required by the Quality System for the site/business unit.
  • Working in a safe and efficient manner

Minimum Requirements

  • Bachelor's Degree in Chemistry or Chemical Engineering
  • 2+ years' of professional industry experience in chemical formulation
  • 1-2 years' of professional industry experience with Master's Degree in Chemistry or Chemical Engineering

Preferred Qualifications

  • Strong background in compounding water based and solvent based coatings, adhesives, and sealants. An emphasis on solvent based butyl rubber / block copolymer technology is preferred
  • Knowledge of fire resistive technology
  • Knowledge of application methods for coatings and adhesives including conventional and airless spray equipment, brush, and trowel
  • Knowledge of the manufacturing equipment and requirements to produce water-based technologies and combustible and flammable solvent based products
  • Familiarity with ASTM Test methods for construction sealants
  • Knowledge of general construction concepts
  • PC skills - Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Teams)
  • Familiarity with Stage Gate and/or Lean Six Sigma
  • Ability to utilize basic project management concepts
  • Some supervisory experience prioritizing and assigning work
  • Ability to solve technical problems and recommend solutions
  • Ability to interpret data and develop reports
  • Ability to communicate with co-workers to provide and receive direction
  • Demonstrated ability to complete basic projects independently
  • Demonstrated understanding and application of business basics, including value propositions

Physical Environment

  • Most duties are performed in a laboratory environment or a manufacturing plant environment. However, it may be necessary to perform product testing/applications outdoors or in a controlled environment such as high temperature/humidity
  • Occasional lifting of 25-50-pound bags or pails
  • Personal Protective Equipment is required during routine laboratory work and safety glasses should be always worn in the lab. Safety shoes are required in the plant
  • Handling of various raw materials and laboratory chemicals will be necessary.
  • Product applications may require some physical effort such as lifting, carrying, pushing, pulling, or bending
  • Operation of physical and chemical testing equipment will be necessary.
  • Travel up to 10% may be necessary
  • Certain skills and physical dexterity are required during proper evaluation of lab and production batches, including the use of application tools such as spray equipment, trowels, brushes, and rollers

Employees receive full benefits, including medical, dental, insurance, 401k contribution, paid time off and paid Holidays. All employees qualify for an annual cash bonus based on business performance. Annual raises are based on company and individual performance.

To all recruitment agencies: H.B. Fuller does not accept agency resumes unless directly engaged by Human Resources. Please do not forward any resumes to Human Resources or any employees. H.B. Fuller is not responsible for any fees related to unsolicited resumes.

H.B. Fuller is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.

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