Merry Hill, NC Full Time 1 week ago
Avoca LLC Natural Products Process Chemist

Are you the kind of person that is always thinking, sketching, seeking, and adjusting? Who needs to understand how things work and then figure out how they can work better? Are you a passionate, tenacious, solver who loves to work with others who share your drive? Are you positive, constructive, and ingenious?

Are you always solving?

Then we’d like to meet you and bet you’d like to meet us.

Ashland has an exciting opportunity for a Natural Products Chemist to join our Personal Care business at our Merry Hill, North Carolina location. This is a very visible, significant role within the Company and the Personal Care R&D team. This position will report to a Senior Group Leader in Personal Care R&D.

The responsibilities of the position include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Interact with internal and external personal as a technical expert in natural products chemistry
  • Work closely with engineering and production teams to solve challenging technical problems for customers
  • Lead and supervise lab technician(s) in safe, effective implementation of process experiments
  • Maintain lab notebooks and logbooks in accordance with company guidelines
  • Comply with company procedural guidelines, laboratory procedures, and safety programs
  • Author technical reports and present technical results to internal and external audiences
  • You must work closely with a group of 3-4 brilliant solvers at the specified location but must also interact with technical colleagues from across the globe
  • Travel responsibilities will be minimal
  • Actively contribute to the organizational goals by taking initiative, executing on goals and focusing on performance and safety
  • Improve the organization capacity and capabilities through building collaborative relationships, optimizing diverse talent and utilizing positive communications and influence with others

In order to be qualified for this role, you must possess the following:
  • A Ph.D. in the field of phytochemistry, organic chemistry, medicinal chemistry or related field
  • A deep understanding of the chemistry of natural products from botanical and microbiological origins
  • Experience in process development, optimization and scale-up of extraction and related down-stream purification operations including solvent extraction, partitioning, preparative chromatography and crystallization
  • Practical knowledge of analytical instrumentation including HPLC and GC
  • Knowledge of green chemistry techniques including enzyme-mediated reactions and bio-transformations
  • Ability to independently search and evaluate technical patents and literature
  • Must be authorized to work in the United States
  • Demonstrated responsible and ethical behavior at all times
  • The ability to help the company drive greater value through understanding the business, making complex decisions and creating the new and different

The following skill sets are preferred by the business unit:
  • 1-5 years of industry experience in R&D natural products chemistry
  • Experience in lab-scale fermentations and product recovery
  • General understanding of synthetic organic chemistry methods
  • Working knowledge of stage-gate processes for the development of ingredients and consumer products
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a collaborative team environment across multiple locations
Perks of working at Ashland:
  • Team recognition rewards, sponsored lunches and company bonus plan
  • Comprehensive Benefit package, Medical, Dental and Vision starting on Day 1 for you AND your family
  • 401(k) plan with company match
  • Referral bonus plan – get a job with us and get paid to refer your friends
In more than 100 countries, the people of Ashland LLC. (NYSE: ASH) provide the specialty chemicals, technologies and insights to help customers create new and improved products for today and sustainable solutions for tomorrow. Our chemistry is at work every day in a wide variety of markets and applications, including architectural coatings, automotive, construction, energy, personal care and pharmaceutical. Visit to see the innovations we offer.

At Ashland our vision is to be a leading, global specialty chemicals company whose inspired and engaged employees add value to all we touch. In fact our people, employees, customers and vendors define who we are. They are the driving force behind everything we do.

Not only do we value our customers but we value our employees, and we work to offer them a dynamic and challenging environment. We hold ourselves to high standards at Ashland, and we value integrity and honesty.

Ashland has a history of attracting the best people and keeping them. The reasons are simple: industry competitive salary and benefits, pay-for-performance incentive plans and a diverse work environment where employees feel challenged and valued. People come to Ashland and stay. As a growing Fortune 500 specialty chemicals company, we offer opportunities for development and advancement throughout our global organization. Our values define who we are and what we care about as a company. If you are looking for a relationship with a company instead of simply a job, this may be a great fit. Ashland is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities/Women/Veterans/Disabled/Gender Identity/Sexual Orientation. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability. NOTE: We do not accept resumes from external staffing agencies or independent recruiters for any of our openings unless we have a signed recruiting agreement in place to fill a specific position.
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    11th May 2022
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