Research Chemist

Job Purpose

Clariant is seeking a Research Chemist for its Louisville Kentucky location. The employee will be mainly responsible for Research and Development of petrochemical catalysts at R&D Center Louisville, BU Catalyst.


  • Improve existing products and develop new products through research and development of petrochemical catalysts and related processes.
  • Lead and execute R&D, technical service, and production support projects as project leader.
  • Drive defined tasks and work streams forward with creativity, endurance and team spirit to meet milestones and objectives.
  • Initiate and execute developments of new methods for catalyst preparation, characterization, and performance testing.
  • Prepare and test catalysts for R&D, technical service, production support projects. Operate pilot plant and bench scale test units, and conduct gas chromatography (GC) analysis, calculation and analysis of test results.
  • Troubleshoot test units and GC’s operations and solve test problems with assistance from other group members and maintenance.
  • Assisting design of changes and implementing modifications necessary to address operational issues for testing unit.
  • Maintain a very organized and detailed laboratory notebook. Write weekly, monthly, and project reports, and make presentations in internal and external meetings.



  • Minimum BS in Chemistry or Chemical Engineering with 3+ years of additional hands-on experience in catalyst development and testing after the degree study.
  • Must be familiar with catalyst preparation and testing, GC operation and data analysis.
  • Knowledge of data acquisition and control hardware/software is a plus
  • Strong mechanical aptitude and ability to be very hands on, flexible, and thrive in a team-oriented environment.
  • Ability to conduct experiments in a safe and environmentally responsible manner.
  • Very strong analytical, critical thinking and troubleshooting skills.
  • Must have excellent communication and technical skills.  



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