Senior Researcher/Scientist

R&D, IT and Technical Services Temple, Texas


Position at Wilsonart

Wilsonart is a company on the move.

An international company built on big ideas. We are made up of exceptional people relentlessly pursuing innovation. We are proud of our company and how we serve our customers. We work hard to deserve the trust of our customers, our peers, and our planet. We are willing to talk openly about the challenges and obstacles we face; we are open to new ideas and collaboration on how to be even better. We are passionate about what we do and where we’re going as a company.

At Wilsonart, we invest to help ensure you remain healthy:

  •  Medical, dental, and life insurance benefits.
  • Company provided short and long term disability benefits.
  • Flexible Spending Accounts, Dependent Daycare Spending Account
  • Optional Voluntary Benefits: Vision and Legal
  • Gym Membership Discounts and Reimbursement
  • Tuition Reimbursement for Employees and their Dependents
  • Wellness Clinics – On Site (Temple, TX and Fletcher, NC locations)
  • At Wilsonart, employees receive a very competitive 401(k) matching contribution

At Wilsonart, we support employees in developing their skills and providing advancement opportunities:

  •  Promotions and Transfers
  • Coaching and Mentoring
  • Training and Development
  • Educational reimbursement for you and your dependents.

At Wilsonart, we understand the importance of balance in your life. Therefore we provide:

  •  Holiday Pay
  • Accrued Paid Vacation upon hire 
  • Paid Time Off during first year of hire

This role will be responsible for developing scientific methods to examine how materials and chemicals interact, applying findings to engineered surface products, and experimenting with product improvements and innovations.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Guide and mentor the formulation and testing personnel to develop polymeric composites and materials for the engineered surface industry.
  • Knowledge and expertise in various polymeric materials, process engineering, synthesis, formulation, and characterization of resins and adhesives.
  • Oversee the testing and data interpretation for an analytical test lab. Familiarity with FTIR, GCMS, SEM/EDAX, thermal analysis (DSC, TGA, DMA), and microscopy methods.
  • Acts as a domain specialist for polymer resins for new and existing surfacing materials and next-generation chemistry.
  • Develop alternative sourcing of raw materials to provide second sourcing for raw materials.
  • Deliver engineering solutions to enable rapid transfer of technologies from research to development and thru manufacturing.
  • Open Innovation, in particular working with external vendors and bio-based materials.
  • Work with universities, companies, and consortium groups to lead groundbreaking research for next-generation polymers, capabilities, or processes. Identify methods to test and translate to the research process rapidly.
  • Connect with development, marketing, and various business unit teams on a global scale to deliver next-generation technology.
  • Initiate relationships with customers and develop road maps and strategies for surfacing composite materials.
Minimum Qualifications: 

  • Masters or Ph.D. in Chemistry, Polymer or Material Science & Engineering with a minimum
  • 10+ years of industry experience and a clear and established track record in material innovation, product development, and intellectual property generation.

Wilsonart is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, creed, national origin or ancestry, sex, age, physical or mental disability, veteran or military status, genetic information, sexual orientation, marital status, or any other legally recognized protected basis under federal, state or local laws, regulations or ordinances.