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R&D_Process Development Research Associate

Date: Jul 16, 2021

Location: Belpre, OH, US, 45714

Company: Kraton

Make a +Difference at Kraton!

At Kraton, we make a Positive Difference, and we are looking for individuals who are also looking to make a difference in their jobs, for our customers and to the world.  We are looking to hire a key member of our R&D Team in Belpre, Ohio.   

Key Responsibilities

The Process Development Research Associate operates complex chemical process equipment to generate samples and semi-commercial and production quantities of new and existing products and generates process information that provides scale-up assistance on new product introductions.

  • Perform pilot-scale experiments to produce polymeric materials from basic chemicals and recover these materials from solvents while in compliance with all Belpre site and corporate HS&E requirements.
  • Convert R&D and customer requests for experimental polymers samples into recipes, procedures and process control strategies.
  • Interpret observations and analyses generated while performing process studies and experiments.
  • Recover experimental polymer samples from solvents, perform physical properties tests and interpret results from test observations and analyses.
  • Conduct process experiments as needed to.
  • Develop and test new process technologies.
  • Execute kinetics studies.
  • Generate scale-up data as necessary to support technology transfer to support technology transfer to commercial plants.
  • Lead and/or assist technical process improvement activities including the Asset Improvement Work Process.
  • Lead and coordinate trouble shooting, as assigned, for production related problems & opportunities including safety, quality, and reliability improvement efforts along with cost savings initiatives and innovations.
  • Perform process equipment set-up, preparation of equipment for maintenance, process equipment cleaning and area housekeeping, troubleshoot and maintain the mechanical equipment, troubleshoot and maintain instrumentation and analytical equipment used in the Semi-Works Plant.
  • Develop and communicate Daily Operation plans; Produce and provide detailed communications that address Semi-Work’s needs, operational status, chemical recipe and other calculations, process study results and observations – both verbally and written – with operating, contractor and technical personnel.
  • Actively pursue qualification on all process equipment and auxiliary equipment utilized in Semi-Works Plant.
  • And other duties as assigned to safely perform.

Required Skills

  • Minimum 10 years’ relevant experience
  • Pilot-Plant or chemical plant operating experience
  • Excellent descriptive verbal communication and detailed technical writing skills
  • Strong mechanical and instrument equipment aptitude
  • Ability to make decisions and work independently
  • Advanced skill in the use of MS Outlook, Excel and Word
  • Excellent process operating and troubleshooting skills
  • Distributed Control System (DCS) experience
  • Working knowledge of Process Safety Management principles and demonstrated safe work behaviors
  • Knowledge of Management of Change and AFE work processes. 
  • Working knowledge of chemical plant technical documents including P&ID’s, PFD’s, etc

Education, Certifications & Licenses

  • High School Diploma
  • Bachelor’s degree in chemistry, chemical technology or related field preferred
  • Other science/technical related degrees will be considered such as mechanical, electrical or biology
  • OSHA 501 certification, preferred


The statements above are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by employees assigned to this classification.  Statements are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities and skills required for this position.

Kraton’s internal talent acquisition team manages our recruiting efforts and from time to time works with pre-selected/pre-approved external staffing agencies. We do NOT accept unsolicited resumes or candidate referrals from recruiters and/or agencies who are not pre-selected/pre-approved.

Kraton is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Nearest Major Market: Athens