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Experienced Polymer and Material Scientist: Thermoplastic Polymer Structure-Property-Design

JOB TITLE: Staff Scientist


ORG UNIT NAME: (STC-H) High Performance Materials




Experienced Polymer and Material Scientist: Thermoplastic Polymer Structure-Property-Design



The purpose of this subject matter expert in Polymer and Material Science role is to:


  • Initiate, lead, contribute to, and deliver on research and development projects with business impact
  • Lead project team with the development of proprietary solutions resulting in new products and material solutions with thorough understanding of their structure-morphology-property relationships. Mentor, guide and develop project team by bringing your experience in Structure-Property to create innovative solutions for the programs and the organization at large
  • Understand the competition, market place, and application spaces, keep up on the latest trends in the relevant research fields, and effectively leverage internal and external resources
  • Be involved in strategic activities including developing white papers and roadmaps on polymer and material science for STC-H to support SABIC business strategy and research ambitions in the region






  • Devotes a high priority on assessing and addressing safety risks for themselves and their teams, applies higher level thinking about safety to provide paths to risk mitigation; strictly follows SABIC safety, health, and environment guidelines.


Industrial Research Innovation and Project Management & Execution

  • Contributes to T&I research goals through generating and fostering novel and diverse ideas with major business impact
  • Plan, lead and manage projects to develop and deliver advanced new polymer materials solutions from the ideation stage, through proof of concept, to robust prototype stage, using good scientific practices and statistically-based tools to establish reliability and robustness of the developed material technology
  • Is capable of executing lab work plans including hands-on tasks in the lab and has no apprehension of stepping in to get things done; Has the ability to develop new product/process strategies and plans for the necessary means to execute and accomplish them by using his/her skills in the field
  • Able to critically analyze data and draw conclusions and recommendations on projects and advises go/no-go decisions to senior leadership; Is capable of carefully converting data & information into knowledge particularly in complex systems
  • Focuses on polymeric material science fields, which are preferably related to Polyolefins (PP, LDPE, LLDPE, HDPE, specialties PO) as well as formulated/compounded products
  • Acts as champion & spokesperson for thermoplastic material science; has strong and broad experience covering all areas of interest for SABIC such as polymeric materials, structural properties and performance


Market & Application Familiarity and Business Acumen

  • Able to identify and translate industry trends and customer needs into research deliverables and future strategic business needs for SABIC
  • Effectively interacts with the program team and further, global R&D, business and academia to seize innovative ideas and business opportunities for SABIC
  • Anticipates future threats to SABIC businesses and technologies and plans long-term research accordingly
  • Influences the technical direction of the T&I organization by focusing on key opportunities in line with business strategy


Technical Documentation, Technical Communication and Knowledge Management

  • Protects the company’s IP position by filing, and helps develop the IP strategy together with leadership
  • Serves as key resource and sounding board for senior business executives in areas of Polymer Structure-Property and polymer processing, M&A, Technology strategy, etc.
  • Communicates and influences senior management to drive initiatives that are aligned with SABIC’s long-term aspiration to gain competitive advantages
  • Promotes awareness and the need for open technical communication including knowledge management
  • Establishes and coordinates specialized internal and external technical networks



  • You have advanced degrees in Materials/Polymer Science, Polymer Engineering or a related discipline (Masters with minimum 15 years relevant working experience or Ph.D. with a minimum experience of 10 years is required).
  • Relevant industrial experience is a prerequisite.
  • Exemplifies SABIC core values to inspire, engage, create and deliver
  • You must have proven expertise in polymer Structure-Property relationship (experimental and/or computational), preferably related to Thermoplastics. In-depth knowledge and expertise on Polyolefins (PP, LDPE, LLDPE, HDPE, and specialties PO) as well as formulated/compounded products is required.
  • You should also have general knowledge on polyolefin chemistry, catalysis, manufacturing process, secondary operations, and application spaces.
  • Experience in connecting with market space and translating application requirements is highly preferred.
  • Relevant knowledge and expertise on Engineering Thermoplastics (PC, PBT, blends etc.) is a nice-to-have.
  • Expertise in filler dispersion in polymer matrix and material surface & interface functionalization is a nice-to-have.
  • Experience in linking material structure – morphology- property relationships.
  • Broad knowledge of polymer characterization techniques and skilled in statistical experimentation and data analysis methods.
  • You are a critical observer as well as a conceptual and analytical thinker with a demonstrated track record of research excellence
  • Self-driven and proactive with the ability to independently identify and lead innovative projects and programs.
  • You are able to communicate complex technical concepts and results in a convincing manner in both technical and commercial environments.
  • You are a team player able to work effectively in multidisciplinary and multicultural teams with excellent interpersonal skills. 
  • Demonstrates good practice of the Scientific Methodology and documents their work via Technical Reports, Intellectual property, Conference presentations and as deemed fit, peer reviewed Journal papers
  • Demonstrated project execution and management leadership skills and capabilities
  • Strong track record of publishing patents and/or peer-reviewed articles
  • You are fluent in oral and written English with excellent technical communication skills


  • You should have worked in your current position for at least 18 months and meet the pre-requisites of the position you are applying for. 
  • Your Manager should be informed about your intent to apply for internal opportunities. Where an employee does not notify his/her manager before applying, he/she should review the matter with the applicable HR Partner.
  • Manufacturing employees who are in a certification, journeyman, or other similar program are not eligible to post without prior approval of manager.  
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  • You must have unrestricted authorization to work in the United States
  • Relocation if available