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R&D Senior Technician

Date: Nov 9, 2020

Location: Savannah, GA, US, 31415

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 at our Savannah, Georgia location.


The purpose of the Sr. Technician role is to provide laboratory synthesis, analytical, technical service and manufacturing support to scientists, to support the maintenance and growth of the business in target market segments. The Sr. Technician is expected to perform all duties in a safe manner, and to maintain a safe operating environment. 

Key Responsibilities
  • Contribute to value creation in the working environment through experimental knowledge and demonstrating healthy behaviors
  • Contribute to the set-up and execution of routine or ad-hoc experimental programs or testing by selecting from a limited range of known methods and/or conditions; record and analyze data and make recommendations
  • Formulate experimental programs in consultation with direct supervisor
  • Communicate experimental deviations from expected or specified levels, and suggests explanations or further inquiries
  • Coordinate and troubleshoot any equipment maintenance requirements
  • Participate in small technical service projects; provide relevant input while supporting internal customers
  • Produce quality data by the agreed upon deadlines and communicate results to internal customers as needed
  • Routinely purchase standard materials and/or chemicals and contribute to minor changes/improvements to installations or equipment (purchase order input)
  • Monitor the labs to ensure regulations and safety are enforced
  • Carry out experimental work according to clearly defined safety and environmental guidelines
  • Create or edit Standard Operating Procedures
  • Make proposals during meetings (within working environment) that may contribute to solving problems
  • And other duties as assigned to safely perform
Required Skills
  • Knowledge and practical experience in at least one of the following: organic chemistry; analytical chemistry; inorganic chemistry; laboratory automation; process technology
  • Basic understanding of underlying experimental concepts
  • Demonstrated ability to explain to others how and why the applied methods and equipment work
  • Demonstrated ability to build experimental set-ups and modify on the basis of results and select the appropriate components and/or auxiliary equipment if necessary.
  • Demonstrated ability to select the source of relevant factual information from a well-defined or small collection of professional literature in own field
  • Understanding of equipment procedures required to execute experiments, and ability to translate procedures into a detailed working method
  • Advanced knowledge with relevant health and safety policies with regard to experiments and chemical use (HAZCOM)
Education, Certifications & Licenses
  • Bachelor's Degree or Associate’s degree preferred: Biology, Chemistry, Engineering
  • Minimum 3-5 years related experience 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: Savannah