Axalta Coating Systems

Research Associate - Formulation Technology

Job Locations US-PA-Philadelphia
Posted Date 2 months ago(6/6/2022 10:34 AM)
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Primary Responsibilities

Axalta Coating Systems is seeking an experienced formulator and subject matter expert in corrosion and corrosion control to develop and commercialize next generation coatings.  This assignment will be located at Axalta’s new Global Innovation Center (GIC) located in Philadelphia, PA.   This role is responsible for developing new spray applied coatings for automotive, transportation, and industrial markets.  A formulator with at least ten years of experience should be familiar with ingredients used in paints and the interactions between components to produce desired properties.  Appropriate experiences would include customer technical support and/or new product launches.  The person in this role will take the lead on formulation programs with significant interactions with raw material suppliers, resin synthesis experts, and application specialists.


Primary Responsibilities

  • Lead and provide input in technology roadmapping and strategy development in the areas of corrosion, corrosion control, metal protection, primer and electrocoat development.
  • Plan, organize and manage product development projects and related R&D activities for targeted market segments, effectively using project management tools to deliver results.
  • Lead a small team of scientists, engineers and technicians in performing designed experiments targeted at developing new products and novel processes
  • Define critical tests to relate coating properties to end use performance criteria.
  • Summarize and present findings to management, internal collaborators and external customers.
  • Understand and expand intellectual property estate through innovation.
  • Stay abreast of new chemistry and application technology related to assigned market segment.


Minimum Requirements


  • Ideal candidate will possess an advanced degree in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Materials Science or at least 10 years of experience will be considered in lieu of advanced degree.
  • Demonstrated track record of pragmatic problem solving.
  • Demonstrated record of innovation through patents or publications.
  • The successful candidate will have formulation expertise with coatings or comparable products, especially in areas of substrate protection and corrosion control.
  • Capability to adapt to rapidly evolving market with loosely defined objectives.
  • Project management and experience with Stage-Gate process.
  • Excellent written & oral communication skills to internal and customer audiences.
  • Share Axalta’s values of integrity, critical thinking, effort, and efficiency.
  • Candidate must have a working proficiency with Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel.
  • Willingness and ability to travel (<10% of working time).

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, Axalta is committed to a diverse workforce.


“Please note that Axalta Coating Systems will not accept any candidate profiles sent unrequested and unsolicited by recruiting agencies. Axalta Coating Systems collaborates with preferred providers based on framework agreements and will not pay any fees to recruiting agencies without an agreement. Should Axalta Coating Systems receive a candidate profile form a recruiting agency with which there is no framework agreement, and should the respective candidate be considered or hire, this will not entitle the recruiting agency to claim payment or fees.”


Axalta Coating Systems Ltd. ("Axalta," or the "Company"), is a leading global manufacturer, marketer and distributor of high-performance coatings systems.  With over a 150-year heritage in the coatings industry, Axalta is known for manufacturing high-quality products with well-recognized brands supported by market-leading technology and customer service.

Over the course of the Company's history, Axalta has remained at the forefront of the industry by continually developing innovative coatings technologies designed to enhance the performance and appearance of customers' products, while improving the customer's productivity and profitability. Axalta's diverse global footprint of 50 manufacturing facilities, four technology centers, 47 customer training centers and more than 14,000 team members allows the Company to meet the needs of customers in over 130 countries. Axalta serves its customer base through an extensive sales force and technical support organization, as well as through approximately 4,000 independent, locally-based distributors. The Company's scale and strong local presence are critical to its success, allowing leverage of the technology portfolio and customer relationships globally while meeting customer demands locally.

Axalta operates its business in two operating segments: Performance Coatings and Transportation Coatings, serving four end markets, including:  Refinish, Industrial, Light Vehicle and Commercial Vehicle, across the following four regions: North America, EMEA, Latin America and Asia-Pacific.

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