Development Specialist - Water

Research and Development Memphis, Tennessee


Research Scientist –  Water Treatment

Location: Memphis, TN


Travel: Less Than 10%

Buckman is a privately held, global specialty chemical company with headquarters in Memphis, TN, USA, committed to safeguarding the environment, maintaining safety in the workplace, and promoting sustainable development. Buckman delivers exceptional service and innovative solutions to our customers globally in the pulp and paper, leather, and water treatment sectors to help boost productivity, reduce risk, improve product quality, and provide a measurable return on investment. Buckman is in the middle of a digital transformation of its businesses and focused on building the capabilities and tools in support of this.

Position Summary
Research Scientist will be responsible for delivering innovative products and technologies for industrial water treatment applications. The successful candidate will support and contribute to leadership of research projects in a fast-paced international environment that will cross multiple industries. You will play a hands-on and consultative role in the chemical product/technology development, working closely with other researchers and team members from regulatory, digital, marketing, and sales organizations to develop solutions that benefit our customers globally

Key Job Responsibilities:

  • A track record of creative contributions in one of several aspects of the industrial water treatment industry, including cooling water, boilers, membranes, wastewater treatment, corrosion and deposit control, functional formulation development, sensors, IoT, and others.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop testing methods for simulations of customer unit operations, such as membrane systems, pilot cooling towers, flow loops, on-line chemical treatment systems, etc.
  • Competency with the use of a wide range of modern instrumentation.
  • Planning and executing product/technology development from lab scale to commercialization, including field trials at customer sites.
  • Strong organizational skills, self-management, and ability to work well in global cross-functional teams.
  • Excellent MS Office skills, ability to conduct data analysis and draw data-driven conclusions.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, strong documentation, and report writing skills.

Key Job Requirements
  • Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering, Material Science, Chemistry,  Applied Surfactant Science, Colloid or Physical Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry, or Physics or M. S. degree with 5+ years of experience in relevant industry, or Bachelor’s with 8+ years of experience in relevant industry
  • Ability to provide hands-on support of field trials at industrial locations