Research Chemist Job Openings - 20 Jobs

  • Estimated Salary

    $50,000

    NEW
    Confocal Research Technician - FlyLight
    Howard Hughes Medical Institute

    Ashburn, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $60,000

    NEW
    Research Specialist - Light Microscopy
    Howard Hughes Medical Institute

    Ashburn, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $50,000

    NEW
    Research Technician - GENIE
    Howard Hughes Medical Institute

    Ashburn, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $50,000

    NEW
    Research Technician Fly Optogenetics, Behavior and Anatomy
    Howard Hughes Medical Institute

    Ashburn, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $50,000

    NEW
    Research Technician (Temp-to-Hire), Connectome Annotator (Multiple Openings)
    Howard Hughes Medical Institute

    Ashburn, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $50,000

    NEW
    Research Technician (Temp-to-Hire), Annotator, Mouse Light
    Howard Hughes Medical Institute

    Ashburn, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $89,040

    Director HealthCore Research, Safety and Epidemiology (Remote option) #139508
    Anthem

    Ashburn, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $97,055

    Customer Engagement Specialist, UX Research
    Oracle

    Ashburn, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $36,630

    General Utility Worker - Janelia Farm Research Campus
    Aramark

    Ashburn, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $36,630

    General Utility Worker - Janelia Farm Research Campus
    Aramark

    Ashburn, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $58,560

    Custodial Services Worker - Janelia Farm Research Campus
    Aramark

    Ashburn, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $19,250

    Waiter Waitress Farm
    Aramark

    Ashburn, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $58,560

    Custodial Services Worker - Janelia Farm Research Campus
    Aramark

    Ashburn, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $24,060

    NEW
    Grill Cook - Janelia Farm Research Campus
    Aramark

    Ashburn, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $19,250

    Waiter Waitress Farm
    Aramark

    Ashburn, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $36,630

    General Utility Lead Worker - Janelia Farm Research Campus
    Aramark

    Ashburn, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $67,500

    NEW
    Temp-to-hire Research Technician, Project Technical Resources
    Howard Hughes Medical Institute

    Ashburn, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $60,000

    NEW
    Research Scientist or Postdoctoral Associate-Imaging, Mouse Light
    Howard Hughes Medical Institute

    Ashburn, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $36,630

    General Utility Lead Worker - Janelia Farm Research Campus
    Aramark

    Ashburn, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $60,000

    NEW
    Research Scientist or Postdoctoral Associate-Computer Vision, MouseLight
    Howard Hughes Medical Institute

    Ashburn, VA

Research Chemist Jobs

average

$78,995

  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Analyzing Data or Information
  • Processing Information
  • Unpleasant/Hazardous Environment

What does a Research Chemist do

A Research Chemist is a scientist who specializes in the study of chemistry. They work in public laboratories or for private organizations, using their knowledge to investigate applications in medicine or other scientific innovations.

how to become a Research Chemist

Chemists and materials scientists need at least a bachelor’s degree in chemistry or a related field. However, a master’s degree or Ph.D. is required for many research jobs.

Education

A bachelor’s degree in chemistry or in a related field is needed for entry-level chemist or materials scientist jobs. Although some materials scientists hold a degree in materials science, most have a degree in chemistry, physics, or engineering. Many jobs require a master’s degree or a Ph.D. and also may require significant levels of work experience. Chemists and materials scientists with a Ph.D. and postdoctoral experience typically lead basic- or applied-research teams.

Many colleges and universities offer degree programs in chemistry that are approved by the American Chemical Society. There are few programs specifically in materials science, but the number of programs is gradually increasing. Some colleges offer materials science as a specialization within their chemistry programs, and some engineering schools offer degrees in the joint field of materials science and engineering. High school students can prepare for college coursework by taking chemistry, math, and computer science classes.

Undergraduate chemistry majors typically are required to take courses in analytical, organic, inorganic, and physical chemistry. In addition to chemistry coursework, they take classes in mathematics, biological sciences, and physics. Computer science courses are essential, because chemists and materials scientists need computer skills to perform modeling and simulation tasks, manage and manipulate databases, and operate computerized laboratory equipment.

Laboratory experience, either at a college or university, or through internships, fellowships, or work–study programs in industry, is also useful.

Graduate students studying chemistry commonly specialize in a subfield, such as analytical chemistry or inorganic chemistry. For example, those interested in doing research in the pharmaceutical industry usually develop a strong background in medicinal or organic chemistry.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Chemists and materials scientists carry out scientific experiments and studies. They must be precise and accurate in their analyses, because errors could invalidate their research.

Communication skills. Chemists and materials scientists need to communicate with team members and other scientists. They must be able to read and write technical reports and give presentations.

Critical-thinking skills. Chemists and materials scientists carefully evaluate their own work and the work of others. They must determine if results and conclusions are based on sound science.

Interpersonal skills. Chemists and materials scientists typically work on interdisciplinary research teams and need to work well with others toward a common goal. Many serve as team leaders and must be able to motivate and direct other team members.

Math skills. Chemists and materials scientists regularly use complex mathematical equations and formulas, and they need a broad understanding of mathematics, including calculus, algebra, and statistics.

Organizational skills. Chemists and materials scientists need to document processes carefully in order to conform to regulations and industry procedures. Disorganization in the workplace can lead to legal problems, damage to equipment, and chemical spills.

Perseverance. Scientific research involves substantial trial and error, and chemists and materials scientists must not become discouraged in their work.

Problem-solving skills. Chemists and materials scientists research and develop new and improved chemical products, processes, and materials. This work requires a great deal of trial and error on the part of chemists and materials scientists before a unique solution is found.

Time-management skills. Chemists and materials scientists usually need to meet deadlines when conducting research. They must be able to manage time and prioritize tasks efficiently while maintaining their quality of work.

Advancement

Chemists typically receive greater responsibility and independence in their work as they gain experience. Greater responsibility also is gained through further education. Ph.D. chemists usually lead research teams and have control over the direction and content of projects, but even Ph.D. holders have room to advance as they gain experience. As chemists become more proficient in managing research projects, they may take on larger, more complicated, and more expensive projects.

Some chemists and materials scientists become natural sciences managers.

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Real Research Chemist Salaries

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Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Research Chemist Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LP Bartlesville, OK Sep 04, 2015 $114,500 -
$127,000
Research Chemist Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LP Bartlesville, OK Sep 03, 2015 $114,500 -
$124,500
Research Chemist SES Group & Associates, LLC McLean, VA Sep 14, 2016 $112,528
Research Chemist Stepan Company Houston, TX Jul 19, 2016 $110,000
Research Chemist Scientific Design Company, Inc. Little Ferry, NJ Aug 10, 2015 $109,000
Research Chemist Chevron Phillips Chemical Company, L.P. Bartlesville, OK Aug 25, 2016 $105,100 -
$157,700
Research Chemist BASF Corporation Wyandotte, MI May 17, 2016 $102,294 -
$130,400
Research Chemist Ultivue Inc. Cambridge, MA Sep 01, 2015 $100,000
Research Chemist Halocarbon Products Corporation North Augusta, SC Sep 24, 2015 $100,000
Research Chemist Cytec Industries Inc. Stamford, CT Aug 26, 2016 $99,227

Top Skills for a Research Chemist

Know what it takes to get the job done

MethodDevelopmentLaboratoryEquipmentNEWProductDevelopmentNEWAnalyticalMethodsOrganicSynthesisHplcAnalyticalChemistryGc-MsUv/VisSafetyRRAWMaterialsPolymerFDAGLPRoutineFt-IrPilotPlantResearchProjectsDSC

Top Research Chemist Skills

Many of the most in demand skills for research chemist jobs include:
  1. Method Development
  2. Laboratory Equipment
  3. NEW Product Development
The following examples show how job seekers include the top skills on their resumes:
  • Collaborate with manager to understand and execute method development needs.
  • Adapt literature methodology to available laboratory equipment and establish validation documentation to support accurate performance.
  • Project manager, currently lead several new product development and cost saving projects.
  • Developed new analytical methods in support of ongoing and new projects within Transportation Safety Laboratory and Department of Homeland Security.
  • Performed organic synthesis for the development of antimicrobial formulations.

FDA, Method Development, Laboratory Equipment, Pilot Plant, Uv/Vis, Safety, Routine, GLP, Organic Synthesis, Analytical Chemistry, NEW Analytical Methods, RAW Materials, Ft-Ir, NEW Product Development, R, Gc-Ms, Hplc, DSC, Polymer, Research Projects

Top Research Chemist Employers

Find the best employers to advance your career

Top 10 Research Chemist Employers

Research Chemist positions seems to be very popular at National Institute of Standards and Technology where they currently get hired the most.

The data shows that these companies have high demand for Research Chemist candidates:
  1. Akzonobel
  2. Waters Corporation
  3. Lonza Biologics
  4. KiOR, Inc.

In total, 10 firms have active employees for Research Chemist positions.

National Institute of Standards and Technology, Akzonobel, Waters Corporation, Lonza Biologics, KiOR, Inc., Intertek, Synthezyme LLC, Department of Supramolecular Chemistry, Oregon State University, National Gypsum Company

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