R&D Chemist (Coatings)

Company Name Toray Plastics America, Inc.
Location North Kingstown
Date Posted April 28, 2019
Job Type Full-time


Toray Plastics America, Inc. was founded in 1985 and is the only U.S. manufacturer of precision-performance polyester, polypropylene, metallized, and bio-based films. We produce film for flexible and rigid packaging, lidding, graphic, industrial, optical, and electronic applications. Toray Plastics is relentless in its pursuit of product innovation and quality on behalf of customers. Our plants are streamlined, technologically advanced, and equipped with the capability to add value well beyond basic film and foam production.

We currently have an opportunity available for a R&D Coating Chemist.  This individual is responsible for supporting water-borne coating formulation and development for both the polypropylene film (Torayfan®) and polyester film (Lumirror®) divisions.  The individual will translate product requirements as set forth within the New Product Development team into new product solutions. Candidates should have a broad knowledge of technical studies related to polymers, materials, chemistry and engineering.  The individual is expected to work on difficult and highly technical or involved projects.  Duties require broad conceptual judgment, initiative, and ability to deal with complex factors and ideas that are not easily evaluated, and to make decisions based on conclusions for which there is little precedent.

Essential Duties:

  • Lead technical projects related to the development of unique coatings or coating technology for value added OPP or PET films for a specific market or customer
  • Responsible for new product development from initial research through the developmental stage and into scale up of commercial activity
  • Organize and conduct pilot line trials on and off site
  • Organize and conduct production line trials in conjunction with other engineers
  • Work closely with customers to ensure Toray films perform within their further coating, adhesive, or printing processes
  • Propose production enhancements for coating technology as necessary

We are seeking candidates with a Minimum of a BS in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, or Materials.  5+ years’ experience with coating development preferred. Additional requirements include:

  • Strong project management experience
  • Development experience with water based coating chemistries such as polyurethanes, acrylics, polyesters, etc.
  • Hands on experience with various coating techniques, including gravure, offset, slot die, etc.
  • Demonstrated problem solving ability in coating processes or formulations
  • Experience with experimental design techniques including DOE.
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills, both written and verbal
  • Ability to travel occasionally to customers, development trials, and industry trade shows (5-10%)

Toray Plastics (America) Inc. is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, gender, sexual orientation or expression, religion, national origin, marital status, age, disability, veteran status or any other protected status.

It is the policy of Toray Plastics (America) Inc. to maintain a work environment that is safe for all persons, including the community, and conducive to attaining high work standards. To achieve these objectives, we are committed to maintaining a drug, tobacco and alcohol free workplace and perform pre-employment testing.