R&D Chemist

The ALTANA Group develops and manufactures high-quality, innovative specialty chemical products. With us, you can help shape many important details of the world of the future. Our four divisions BYK, ECKART, ELANTAS, and ACTEGA have set worldwide standards in their markets. Our innovative products enable companies to develop technologies of the future today, technologies that make life easier, safer, and more comfortable. With sales of more than 2.2 billion euros, we are one of the world‘s most innovative, fastest-growing, and most profitable chemical companies. We currently employ about 6,500 people who have good ideas for the world of the future. Discover your decisive plus for your future. Bringing you many advantages.

BYK Additives & Instruments is one of the world’s leading suppliers in the field of additives and measuring instruments. Around the world, the additives of BYK ensure that coatings and plastics obtain precisely the desired properties and the correct quality.

R&D Chemist

Your task structure


Support regional wetting and dispersing market needs: Independently performs laboratory activities related to the development of new wetting and dispersing chemical products and processes under the guidance of the Group Leader.  

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Outline, organize and perform experiments and projects
  • Write SOPs for laboratory procedures, instruments and analytical methods
  • Compile, document and interpret results of experiments, tests, and analyses
  • Communicate technical information in informal conversations or by written report
  • Initiate interfaces with extended laboratory/R&D staff at other ALTANA/BYK sites on processes, problem solving, and new products
  • Independently develop and deliver formal internal technical presentations
  • Write technical reports or prepare graphs and charts to document experimental results
  • Communicate technical information through internal or external reports
  • Proactively interface with sales team regarding projects
  • Read and understand SDSs
  • Work safely in a laboratory environment, actively participating in and complying with laboratory & company safety programs
  • Maintain an orderly/clean and safe work environment
  • Proactively document, address and correct all unsafe behaviors and conditions
  • Participate in inventory audits and lab inspections
  • Perform routine daily maintenance functions such as clean-up, trash disposal, washing equipment, disposal of hazardous and non-hazardous waste in accordance with established procedures

Your recipe for success


  • Bachelor of Arts/Science in chemistry or related field
  • Minimum 4 years’ experience (post BA/BS) in Additives/Coatings (or related field)
  • Good problem solving abilities
  • Good communication skills
  • Able to work independently with minimal supervision
  • Open to international travel to receive technical training as needed

Knowledge & Skills:

  • Strong understanding and background in synthetic organic and/or polymer chemistry
  • High level of knowledge in areas related to chemical procedures, analytical methods, manufacturing processes, chemical/physical principles and laboratory procedures/synthesis found within a research and development lab environment
  • Demonstrated knowledge of statistical techniques to analyze data and draw conclusions
  • Knowledge of physical and health hazards associated with chemicals and procedures to analyze and minimize the risks associated with them in a laboratory setting
  • Understanding of safety considerations and labeling procedures associated with chemicals in laboratories
  • Demonstrated capability to use computer programs for recording and analyzing data, generating reports and preparing presentations (e.g. Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, etc., and including SAP/other ERP software)
  • Design and conduct laboratory experiments focusing on “next-generation” wetting and dispersing additives
  • Plan, organize, prioritize, and productively execute multiple experiments
  • Document experiments and results in official lab/electronic notebooks in such a way that the experiment could be reproduced by another researcher
  • Analyze data, identify trends, and apply statistical techniques to validate conclusions
  • Use of logic and reason to identify strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to synthetic/production problems
  • Good understanding of analytical techniques for polymer characterization
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work in a group environment or as part of a larger team
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills

Your spectrum of advantages

In the ALTANA Group, you will work in a unique culture of innovation where the utmost importance is attached to promoting individual ideas and abilities as well as open, trusting interaction. 

We invite you to get to know us better and to become part of our team. Discover your career plus in specialty chemistry. Please send us your application, preferably via our jobmarket www.altana.jobs

ALTANA AG and its subsidiaries is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status as a protected veteran, among other things, or status as a qualified individual with disability.

Job number: US00482

Legal entity: BYK USA Inc.

Location: Wallingford, CT

Area of operations: Forschung & Entwicklung allgemein