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Polymer Technical Service & Development Chemist


Northfield, IL, US, 60093

Job Description

Stepan is seeking a Polymer Technical Service & Development (TS&D) Chemist to join our Polymer R&D team in Northfield, IL. In this role, you will report to Eddie Filipovic, Senior Research Chemist. The Polymer TS&D Chemist will work within the Polymer group, primarily in a R&D lab setting, working on rigid foam applications.  The type of work includes formulating, application testing, customer project support and collaborating with the innovation group for PIR rigid foam insulation.  

Key Responsibilities: 

  • Actively participates in safety/waste programs and steadfastly adheres to safety policies/standards. 
  • Supports TS&D and innovation group projects through testing, data gathering and results interpretation. 
  • Operate and maintain various laboratory testing equipment essential to Polymer R&D work. 
  • Independently carry out project assignments based on established methods and procedures. 
  • Communicate project progress through written, verbal and presentation formats. 
  • Keep an up-to-date electronic lab notebook and other documentation (eg. Project Tracker, Time Tracker, Technical Reports, etc). 


  • Must have experience working in a laboratory environment and practicing safe laboratory procedures. 
  • Strong attention to detail, with good organization and documentation skills. 
  • Demonstrated, hands-on experience in some common analytical techniques, such as titration, rheometry, TGA, or other wet chemical testing is desired. 
  • Must be proficient in all Microsoft Office applications and willing to learn specific database and web applications. 
  • Some polymer and/or material science experience is preferred. 


  • B.S. Degree in Chemistry 



Established in 1932, Stepan Company is a major manufacturer of basic and intermediate chemicals including surfactants, polymers, as well as specialty ingredients that go into consumer, household, and institutional products such as laundry detergents, shampoos, and surface cleaners. Stepan Company currently has 20 global manufacturing locations and over 2,000 employees. We have a strong record of growth. Our growth allows us to provide meaningful career opportunities and stability to our team members. We have big goals at Stepan and know every team member will be crucial to achieving our objectives. Regardless of function, we are looking for team members who bring with them a growth mindset, an entrepreneurial spirit, and the ability to thrive in an evolving environment.


We celebrate diversity at Stepan and are committed to creating a diverse, inclusive environment. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetic information, disability, age, veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable law.





Stepan is a global specialty and intermediate chemical manufacturer that has been serving a broad range of industries for 88 years. Today, Stepan is a $2 billion revenue company. Our continued success is driven by the passion and commitment of our 2,200 employees around the world.

Why Work At Stepan?

  1. Stable & Growing
  2. Collaborative Environment
  3. Make a Difference & Be Recognized
  4. Committed to Safety & Sustainability
  5. Value Driven Culture

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