Research Chemist


Northfield, IL, US, 60093

Job Description

The Research Chemist’s primary responsibilities are developing and executing analytical techniques, especially Mass Spectrometry, in support of various assigned projects. This requires the candidate to have demonstrated capabilities related to separation and analysis of surfactants and polymers and/or blends thereof. The candidate must be self-motivated and able to foster collaboration with other team members as appropriate. The successful candidate will demonstrate the ability to manage multiple complex projects from inception to completion.

Summary of Responsibilities/Duties: 

  • Plan and execute advanced analytical techniques, especially Mass Spectrometry (MS) and Liquid Chromatography - Mass Spectrometry (LC/MS), in support of various assigned projects. 
  • Demonstrated capabilities in the separation and analysis of surfactants and polymers and/or blends thereof using state-of-the-art LC/MS techniques. 
  • Has complete responsibility for managing/leading projects including planning, scheduling, coordinating and following-up. 
  • Present technical information such as, new products, technologies, methods, etc. to customers and industry conferences. 
  • Demonstrated abilities to manage multiple complex projects and independently develop the strategy for the overall project load. 
  • Plays mentor role in department work group, providing technical advice and training to colleagues. May direct the work of one or more work group members. 
  • Must be self-motivated and able to foster collaboration with other team members. Build constructive relationships with other WGs and departments to build bridges and remove barriers; relates well throughout the organization. 
  • Actively participate in safety/waste programs and steadfastly adheres to safety policies/standards. 
  • Use available resources and databases to regularly review technical information, patents and literature pertinent to fields of expertise. 
  • Document and communicate technical work and findings via verbal updates and an organized, up-to-date laboratory notebook, TRACKER records and timely, well written project reports; both personally and through direct reports. 
  • Determine capital needs and make purchase suggestions. 


  • 0 - 5yrs experience in Industry. 
  • Laboratory experience in analytical chemistry, particularly related to separation and chromatographic techniques for the characterization and analysis of complex mixtures. 
  • Demonstrated ability to perform self-directed projects and communicate results in a clear, concise and timely manner using communications tools appropriate for the target audience. 
  • Experience with data and error analysis, stochiometric and formulation calculations, and instrument/method validation. 
  • Advanced understanding and ability to utilize combinations of analytical techniques, such as MS, GC, HPLC, FT-IR and NMR as well as separation techniques in the pursuit of analyzing and characterizing complex surfactant and/or polymer mixtures. 


  • Level of education required is Ph.D. in Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry, Polymer Science, or closely related field




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 22 global manufacturing locations and over 2,500 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 over 90 years. Today, Stepan is a $2.7 billion revenue company. Our continued success is driven by the passion and commitment of our 2,500+ 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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