DuPont Research Investigator, Chemical Engineering (PhD) in Wilmington, Delaware

Research Investigator, Chemical Engineering (PhD) (Job Number: RES00004212)


DuPontSafety & Construction: Research Investigator, Chemical Engineering

The Safety & Construction business is part of the DowDuPont Specialty Products Division and is a global leader in products and solutions that protect what matters – people, structures, and the environment. We enable our customers to win through unique capabilities, global scale, and iconic brands including Corian®, Kevlar®, Nomex®, Tyvek®, Styrofoam™ and FILMTEC®.

We are seeking well-qualified scientists to serve as Research Investigators at several company locations within the United States. Candidates with a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering , or related disciplines, who are current graduates or have up to five years of experience in their field, are encouraged to apply.

Job locations may include: Wilmington, DE; Richmond, VA; Buffalo, NY; Edina, MN, and Midland, MI.

This hiring initiative represents an exciting opportunity to join a dynamic team that applies a rich understanding of materials, polymer science, chemistry, and chemical engineering to the critical and unaddressed protection needs of society. Development targets range from those that address our core market segments to those that are truly transformational in their space.


Our Research Investigators define, lead, and execute technical programs focused on process technology based on a strong understanding of fundamental engineering principles, so that these processes can be manifested into assets for new products, improved manufacturing, and/or potentially entire technology platforms.

More specifically, responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Defining, leading, and executing processresearch and development programs

  • Conducting lab and pilot plant work and/ordirecting the work of one or more R&D technicians

  • Participating in cross-functional teams, representedby various technical and non-technical disciplines

  • Working closely with individuals and teams focusedon application developments

  • Partnering with scientists and other engineersto scale processes to pilot and commercial production

  • Managing intellectual property (IP);understanding relevant IP and competitive landscapes and actively developingnew IP

  • Partnering with external consultants, vendors,and other entities to efficiently execute programs, as needed

  • Writing and communicating technical reports andpresentations

  • Being an active member of the broader technologycommunity within Safety & Construction and DuPont

Knowledge andExperience:

  • Ph.D. in ChemicalEngineering , or related discipline, from an accredited institution

  • Experience at the post-doctoral level will beconsidered as will work experience up to five years beyond graduation/post-doccompletion

  • Diverse and substantial background knowledge inthe areas of reaction engineering, transport phenomena, and polymer processing

  • Solid understanding of chemical engineeringprinciples applied to optimization and scale-up of chemical process unitoperations

Key Competencies:

  • Self-Driven – exhibits a clearsense of purpose and is able and willing to take risks and do difficultthings

  • Highly Collaborative – engagesindividuals/teams to achieve superior results and creates an atmosphere ofvalue-driven outcomes

  • Embraces Diversity – seeks out andsurrounds oneself with people who are and think differently and hasbroader awareness of the value of diversity and inclusion

  • Learning Agility – possesses apersonal drive to learn, pivot when necessary, and adapt to theever-changing needs of our Company in the face of a changing world andcustomer base

  • Intellectual Curiosity – proactivelyinvests time and energy into learning more and personally developing inthe interest of improving oneself and delivering better results

  • Communicates with Impact – confidentlyand effectively communicates with people in all levels of the organization,as well as with external parties, in both written and verbal forms

  • Continuous Improvement – learnsfrom successes and failures and integrates those learnings into how to continuouslyimprove one’s contribution

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Primary Location: NA-United States-Delaware-Wilmington

Organization: Safety & Construction

Schedule: Full-time

Education Level:

Employee Status: Regular

Job Type: Entry Level

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