Job Description

Carpenter Co. has an opening for an Associate Research Chemist at our Reinhart Technical Center in Richmond, Virginia.  This position will be a part of our innovative Polyol Synthesis Group.  In this position the Associate Research Chemist is expected to support the functions of the group by performing bench and pilot-scale syntheses, managing analytical equipment and maintaining good records of experiments.


  • Conduct lab scale and on-site pilot scale polyol synthesis reactions
  • Adjust formulations and process variables to meet specifications
  • Perform lab investigations to explore potential technologies
  • Assist with scaling-up formulations to commercial processes
  • Work with customers to understand product requirements


Skills / Requirements

  • B.S. in Chemistry with appropriate coursework or experience involving polymers
  • Mechanical aptitude and comfortable working in both wet chemical lab and pilot plant environments
  • Ability to demonstrate a general understanding of competitive technology, and contribute new ideas and concepts for products and processes
  • 1-2 years in chemical synthesis from industrial experience, internship or academic research, preferred
  • Thesis or lab work beyond normal curriculum, preferred
  • Working knowledge of good laboratory practices
  • Excellent verbal/written communication skills

Important Notes

Carpenter Co. is an equal opportunity employer and considers all qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, or other legally protected characteristic.

Carpenter Co. conducts pre-employment drug testing on all applicants that receive and accept a written offer of employment.