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Chemist I

Company: WESTLAKE CHEMICAL
Location: Longview
Posted on: September 12, 2019

Job Description:

Westlake Chemical offers you the potential to enrich your work life and career experience in an entrepreneurial environment. We work together to enhance peoples' lives through our products and presence in the communities in which we operate. Westlake Chemical is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to any characteristics protected by applicable legislation.
If you are an active Westlake Chemical employee (or an employee of any Westlake Chemical affiliates), please do not apply here. Please go to your Workday homepage and click on the \\"Careers\\" worklet and view \\"Westlake Career Opportunities\\".
The Chemist I in Westlake Longview s Quality Laboratory will ensure test methods comply with ASTM, governmental and industry standards. They will provide test support to Westlake customers, production, environmental and other departments. This position is responsible for development of new test methods and improvement of existing test methods. PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:Use knowledge of scientific theory and work with the Technology Laboratories and other Westlake Chemists to develop new laboratory test methods and implement improvements to existing methods. This includes conducting designed experiments and applying statistical techniques to determine optimum test methods, including their capabilities and limitations, creating laboratory standards, developing calibration techniques, establishing test method parameters and analytical procedures, and assisting in development of training for Quality Control Laboratory Technicians on new methods.
Develop project plans in accordance with project objectives. Independently carry out laboratory investigations and experimentation to achieve project objectives. Carefully control experimental conditions and use practical knowledge of scientific principles and laboratory techniques to achieve valid results. Perform testing on an as-needed basis to achieve project objectives.
Contribute to the process of problem solving and utilize logic when faced with project barriers and present solution proposals to overcome project barriers.
Tabulate data and perform moderately complicated mathematical calculations and apply statistical analysis to data in order to obtain results in the proper format. Prepare charts and graphs as required. Portray data in presentation form for delivery to appropriate personnel.
Participate, as requested, in the development of departmental new-hire training programs and refresher training programs for incumbent technicians. Such participation may include, as needed, development of training materials and delivery of training.
Communicate routinely with Quality Control and Quality Assurance supervision and peers to develop good working relationships and provide timely technical information.
Actively participate in team efforts and work successfully with all personnel to accomplish assigned goals and initiatives. Volunteer for new work assignments.

Perform macro-level programming on laboratory test equipment, as needed.
Serve as technical resource for customer visits where lab test methods and work processes are reviewed.
Maintain ASTM membership and actively participate in ASTM at an appropriate level, maintaining focus on the duties and responsibilities of the job.

Act as an internal quality auditor and perform in that role as requested.
Communicate effectively in order to perform the essential functions of the job. Issue written monthly reports to document project progress and more frequent project updates as needed.
Completes additional tasks as assigned by management.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry or similar chemistry/technical field.
Minimum 1 year of experience working in a polymers laboratory.

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS:Experience in a polymers laboratory, polyethylene polymers experience preferred.
Experience operating FT-IR, FT-NIR, GC, DSC, XRF and other polymer related testing equipment.
Knowledge of polymer design parameters, polyethylene polymer knowledge preferred, and how they relate to the physical or analytical testing of polymers.
Proficient in verbal and written communication skills.
Software/computer proficiency. Coding experience preferred.


Westlake Chemical is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to any characteristics protected by applicable legislation.
If you are an active Westlake Chemical employee (or an employee of any Westlake Chemical affiliates), please do not apply here. Please go to your Workday homepage and click on the \\"Careers\\" worklet and view \\"Westlake Career Opportunities\\".

Keywords: WESTLAKE CHEMICAL, Longview , Chemist I, Other , Longview, Texas

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