Formulation Scientist

Research & Development/Sciences
069557 Requisition #
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Formulation Scientist

Decatur Technical Center

Georgia-Pacific Chemicals LLC


Georgia-Pacific Chemicals (GPC) has an immediate need for a Formulation Scientist to work in our research and development environment to identify, develop, scale up and commercialize innovative chemical solutions for the coatings industry for GPC and INVISTA.  We are seeking a creative and inventive individual who can formulate, apply and evaluate new chemistries into novel coating, adhesive, sealant, and elastomer (CASE) products of value to our customers.  The successful candidate will work effectively with representatives from various functions (i.e. Sales, Marketing, Manufacturing, Engineering, etc.). 


This entrepreneurial role specializes in CASE products. We seek a highly independent person, with a demonstrated passion for commercializing product solutions in CASE applications. GPC and INVISTA are suppliers of chemical intermediates and thermoset resins to many downstream products in CASE applications. As upstream chemical manufacturers we are seeking to understand CASE problems to invest in, and also how to demonstrate potential market solutions. As sister companies of Koch Industries, GPC and INVISTA are teaming up to build this capability to create valuable solutions for our customers, and their customers.


As an entrepreneur and formulator, you will play a key role from invention to commercialization. You will deploy expert technical and market knowledge to evaluate, develop and commercialize opportunities and establish win-win partnerships from supplier to formulator to consumer.  You will conduct comparative testing of prototypes in base formulations, convert lab data into technical claims and support marketing and commercial (customer-facing) activities.


Georgia-Pacific creates long-term value by using resources efficiently to provide innovative products and solutions that meet the needs of customers and society, while operating in a manner that is environmentally and socially responsible, and economically sound. Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia-Pacific is one of the world's leading manufacturers and marketers of building products, tissue, packaging, paper, cellulose and related chemicals. The company employs more than 30,000 people at approximately 300 locations in North and South America.  Georgia-Pacific Chemicals is a division of Georgia-Pacific.


A Day In The Life Typically Includes:

  • Demonstrating an analytical approach to problem solving
  • Exhibiting an established innovation track record
  • Interacting and presenting technical findings internally and externally
  • Managing multiple tasks and works independently
  • Showing the ability to take on increasing leadership responsibilities
  • Practicing effective oral and written communication skills
  • Demonstrating the ability to collaborate with a team to accomplish objectives
  • Fostering a safe work environment and complying with all laws, rules and regulations
  • Understanding of structure property relationships of coating resins/polymers
  • Using Formulating Software, Design of Experiment other computer based statistical tools
What You Will Need:

Basic Qualifications:

  • Three (3) or more years’ experience working in a chemical laboratory
  • Bachelor of Science or Master of Science or higher in Chemistry, or Chemical Engineering, Material Science or Polymer Science/Engineering
  • Experience in technical research and development (academic research experience is applicable)
  • Experience formulating, applying, curing and evaluating high performance coatings
  • Experience with amine curing agents in the production of epoxy, polyurethane, polyester and/or acrylic based coatings
  • Experience with phenolic, epoxy, polyester and/or acrylic based thermoset coatings
  • Willing and able to travel up to 25% including some international travel

What Will Put You Ahead?

  • PhD Degree in Organic Chemistry or Polymer Chemistry
  • Four (4) or more years’ experience formulating amine based ambient cured coatings and formulating phenolic based thermoset coatings
  • Formulating direct-to-metal, corrosion and chemical resistant coatings
  • Knowledge or familiarity with adhesive formulations
  • Innovation Experience
  • Project Management Experience
  • Experience in roles with significant customer interaction
  • Experience with specifying lab equipment and/or equipping a new lab
  • Experience bringing products from concept to commercialization
  • Project management and leadership experience

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Salary and benefits commensurate with experience.
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