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Principal Chemist (Surfactants)

Sugar Land, Texas
Competitive packages starting from 87k
Closing date
Apr 1, 2023

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Field of specialization
Organic, Paint / Coatings, Polymers
Work Function
Job Type
Full time

ChampionX is hiring for a Principal Chemist position for the Sugar Land, TX location.  This is an on-site (non-remote) position in the research, development & engineering department.  Specific details are as follows:






B.S. and 5-7 years


M.S. and 3-5 years


PhD and <2 years

Candidate has general experience in multiple facets of the new product development, launch, or support process or specialized knowledge in one area.

Scope of Responsibility

Candidate leads or acts as a key technical contributor on projects/experiments/research of moderate scope and complexity with high impact on the business.  Acts with considerable latitude in determining technical approach required to meet desired objectives.

Technical/Functional Knowledge

Candidate demonstrates full use and application of scientific, project management, design excellence, and other principles, theories and concepts to assignments where precedents may exist plus working knowledge of other related disciplines

Innovation/Problem Solving

Candidate provides solutions to a wide range of difficult problems such as the design of complex systems and programs and/or the resolution of problems requiring state of the art awareness of the terminology.  Demonstrates initiative and creativity in identifying and trying new and different approaches.

Customer Understanding

Candidate has a solid understanding of our customers (internal and external) products and available technologies to effectively identify creative solutions that meet customer requirements.  Demonstrates the ability to translate understanding of customers into new solutions or product ideas.


Candidate may supervise others or serve as a technical resource and mentor in area of expertise.  Acts as a project or technical lead for strategic projects.


Specific qualifications for this position:

We are seeking a candidate with expertise in the area of surfactant science.  Candidates will have experience with synthesis, test methods, and application of surfactants.  Candidate will have experience in refractive index, particle size detection methods, mass spectroscopy/NMR/etc small molecule evaluation methods, surface science methodologies (optical (contact angle) or force tensiometry (IFT)), quartz crystal microbalance (QCM) and other advanced techniques.  Synthesis (small molecule and/or polymer) experience is desired but not required.

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