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Senior or Lead Polymer Synthetic Chemist

Bridgestone Americas Center for Research & Technology
Akron, Ohio
Senior up to $116,000 and Lead up to $146,000 per year (based on experience) plus bonus & benefits
Closing date
Sep 9, 2022

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Position Summary

This position is within the Advanced Polymer Synthesis group at the Bridgestone Americas Center for Research and Technology, located at the Americas Technology Center in Akron, OH. The Senior or Lead Polymer Synthetic Chemist will work in a fast-paced and collaborative environment, developing new polymers and optimizing polymerization techniques used to enhance the performance of our tire products and other diversified product offerings. The ideal candidate will have education and work experience in the discipline of polymer science and will exhibit strong problem-solving and communication skills. The role will require working in and/or leading multidisciplinary teams of scientists and engineers to meet the needs of customers and stakeholders.


  • Recommends plans for developing and implementing new polymer products 
  • Participates and eventually coordinates and oversees the execution of projects across multiple business units, as well as pilot-plant or initial production runs on new products or processes; mentors junior scientists and co-ops in their projects
  • Proposes and researches potential new technologies, products, innovative concepts, and testing methods by developing and investigating theories on the physical and chemical properties of polymers and materials under various conditions
  • Conducts hands-on chemical and polymerization synthesis experiments, as well as characterization studies
  • Prepares research proposals, technical specifications, reports and presentations, and specifies laboratory test equipment and processes
  • Supports the company’s IP portfolio by drafting and reviewing invention disclosures, supporting the development of patent applications, and providing technical expertise to the legal department
  • Makes recommendations concerning acquisition and use of new technological equipment and materials, as well as on continuous improvement/automation activities
  • Supports relationships through strong communication and negotiation skills with internal and external stakeholders
  • Other duties as assigned

Minimum Qualifications

  • Senior Polymer Synthetic Chemist requires a PhD in Polymer Science, Organic Chemistry, or Inorganic Chemistry. Lead Polymer Synthetic Chemist requires PhD plus 4 years of industrial experience or equivalent work experience
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to solve problems and multitask effectively
  • Must be able to work safely with a strong knowledge of workplace hazards and safety procedures
  • Ability to wear required personal protective equipment

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in the synthesis of elastomers
  • Strong understanding of polymer physical chemistry/physics
  • Experience using anionic and Ziegler-Natta polymerization chemistries
  • Knowledge of material science and formulation of rubber compounds
  • Experience leading cross-functional teams
  • History of developing intellectual property


The primary mission of Bridgestone Americas Center for Research and Technology is to develop innovative new polymers and advanced materials technology for tire and non-tire applications.

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