Associate Chemist

Product Development Cowpens, South Carolina


Position at Mermet Corporation

General Summary

General - The Associate Chemist position is a full-time, exempt position aimed to aid in new product development, preparation of coating formulations, raw material and product testing, and pilot runs in a manufacturing setting.

Essential Responsibilities

The essential functions of this position may include any or all the following, to be performed alone, or with assistance from others:

A.)  Supports new product development and laboratory functions under the supervision of immediate supervisor or manager. Serve as backup for QC technicians as needed.

B.)  Responsible for analyzing samples which include viscosity, color, cross sectional analysis, temperature, density, reflection and appearance through numerous instrumentation methods, to include but not limited to Microscopy, UV-Vis, IR, Color, Spectrophotometry, Viscometry, Particle Size, and Rheology.

C.)  Prepares coating formulations in lab and pilot scale.  Runs pilots in a manufacturing setting.

D.)  Submits activity / test reports with recommendations to the R&D Manager.

E.)  Tests coating formulations, films, fibers, and textiles using various analytical tools.

F.)  Conducts raw material testing and assists in testing manufacturing coatings and products. Analyzes retrieved data and prepares reports for laboratory management.

G.)  Performs calibration, maintenance, upkeep and cleanliness of instruments and the lab.

H.)  Other duties as assigned.

Essential Job Activities

It is essential that the Associate Chemist spend 50% - 75% of his/her time at a workstation to perform the job.

Essential Physical Demands and Working Conditions

In this position, the employee will be subjected to physical demands requiring:

  • Ability to lift up to 45 pounds and carry up to 25 pounds
  • Ability to perform standard office body movements2:
    • constant sitting at desk and using computer keyboard
    • frequent standing and walking around
    • occasional bending, squatting, stooping, reaching, pulling, pushing
  • Ability to use a computer including visual acuity and hand-eye coordination
  • Ability to communicate both verbally and in writing in English
  • Ability to tolerate moderate office noise levels 

Hours of work – The normal work hours for this position are 40+ per week, beginning daily at 8:00 AM. Travel is estimated to be less than 5%.

Education, Experience and Skills

The Associate Chemist position has the following required (or preferred, as indicated) education, experience and skills:


Required:     BS in Chemistry preferred, or an associate degree with 5+ years of experience working in Quality Control Chemistry and/or Research & Development.


Preferred:    5 + years in a chemical laboratory environment

Skills Required:    

  • Excellent understanding of math, chemistry, and the ability to use various software and computer system programs.
  • Good eye for color and coating formulation experience.  Understanding of Lab Color Space.
  • Strong laboratory skills with ability to work on multiple projects and tasks.
  • Ability to work on own initiative, multitask, prioritize work and willingness to change director and focus to meet shifting organizational and business demands.
  • An effective team player to work with different departments within the business.
  • Good experience in instrumentation with a focus on spectrophotometers, colorimeters, rheometers, microscopy, etc.
  • Must be reliable, punctual and have excellent written and verbal communication skills.

The above statements are intended to describe the essential responsibilities performed by an employee in this job. It is intended to be a reasonably comprehensive, although not an exhaustive list, of the responsibilities assigned to this employee/position.