Job Opening - Polymer Materials Chemist/Scientist/Engineer


Polymer Materials Chemist/Scientist/Engineer


Date Posted: 09/13/2018

Country: Netherlands

City: Terneuzen

Schedule: Full-time

Job Number: 1808817


The Dow Chemical Company (Dow) has an opening for an enthusiastic Polymer Materials/Scientist/Engineer (m/f) with the Materials Science discipline of Corporate R&D, located in Terneuzen (The Netherlands), close to Ghent and Antwerp (Belgium).

The Company
The Dow Chemical Company (Dow) combines science and technology knowledge to develop premier materials science solutions that are essential to human progress. Dow has one of the strongest and broadest toolkits in the industry, with robust technology, asset integration, scale and competitive capabilities that enable it to address complex global issues. Dow’s market-driven, industry-leading portfolio of advanced materials, industrial intermediates, and plastics businesses deliver a broad range of differentiated technology-based products and solutions for customers in high-growth markets such as packaging, infrastructure, and consumer care. Dow is a subsidiary of DowDuPont (NYSE: DWDP), a holding company comprised of Dow and DuPont with the intent to form three strong, independent, publicly traded companies in agriculture, materials science and specialty sectors. More information can be found at www.dow.com.
Job Responsibilities
The successful candidate will collaborate with colleagues across multiple functions and businesses to drive the innovation and development of new and sustainable products and technologies, taking a strong role in defining business needs and opportunities and tackling those subsequently.
As a Dow Polymer Materials Chemist/Scientist/Engineer, you will:
  • Conduct research into understanding the effect of chemical composition, materials structure, and functionality of materials on their performance in various applications (Coatings, Emulsions, Foams, Home & Personal Care, Packaging…).
  • Devise novel chemistries and formulations targeting desired functionality, morphology, and/or improved sustainability; design protocols to synthesize these chemistries.
  • Prepare materials and specimens, and perform thorough characterization using or adapting existing techniques and methods.
  • Develop new experimental techniques where necessary.
  • Provide original interpretation with fundamental insights to drive the development of structure-process-property relationships.
  • Communicate and leverage research activities through presentations at informal meetings and international conferences, internal reports and peer reviewed publications, and patent disclosures.
  • Develop and manage relationships with external partners (e.g., universities, and institutes) in line with the above research direction.
  • Actively lead in all safety aspects of work in the department and cooperate with EH&S experts to make workflows according to safety standards in industry.


Job Qualifications
  • A PhD in Polymer Materials Sciences/Engineering, Physical Chemistry of Polymers, or closely related discipline.
  • Demonstrated competence in setting up and conducting materials preparation and/or polymer synthesis.
  • Demonstrated competence in understanding and using material characterization techniques (such as rheology, morphology, surface, thermal, and mechanical properties).
  • Demonstrated competence in providing sound theoretical interpretation. Experience with experimental design and developing process-structure-property relationships is an advantage.
  • Motivation for constant learning and creativity into design of novel materials.
  • Experience with application relevant testing is an advantage,
  • Experience in areas such as packaging, adhesives, foams, coatings, emulsions/dispersions, and/or colloids is an advantage.
  • Track record of research publications in international peer-reviewed scientific journals.
Soft Skills
  • Ability to work effectively both independently and in global and diverse cross-functional teams supporting multiple projects at the same time, with minimal guidance.
  • Very good written and oral communication skills. Fluency in English is required.
  • Ability to provide technical leadership in area of expertise.
  • Good organizational and personal effectiveness skills.
  • Safe work, sense of urgency and can-do attitude.
    What We Offer
    To recognize outstanding efforts and contributions, Dow offers a total rewards package which is considered top tier in our industry: 
  • Competitive salaries and comprehensive benefits.
  • An annual variable pay program that rewards team and individual performance, and shares company, business or functional success.
  • Employee stock ownership - and the commitment to long-term success that it brings.
  • On-going learning opportunities in a rewarding work environment.
  • Career experiences that can span different Dow businesses and functions with opportunities for personal and professional growth.


The chance to work on global teams with colleagues around the world and in different locations.

About this Posting

The Dow Chemical Company values the benefits that diversity can bring. Dow is looking for individuals best suited for this role regardless of nationality, origin, race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, disability or age.


The positions represented by this job posting are aligned to one of the three divisions, Agriculture, Materials Science or Specialty Products. Additional information on division alignment will be provided during the recruitment process.


About DowDuPont
DowDuPont (NYSE: DWDP) is a holding company comprised of Dow and DuPont with the intent to form strong, independent, publicly traded companies in agriculture, materials science and specialty products sectors that will lead their respective industries through productive, science-based innovation to meet the needs of customers and help solve global challenges.