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Date: Mar 30, 2021

Location: Spartanburg, SC, US

Company: Milliken and Company

Headquartered in Spartanburg, South Carolina, Milliken & Company is a global, innovative, industrial diversified manufacturing company that has been exploring, discovering, and creating ways to enhance people’s lives since 1865. With expertise across a breadth of disciplines including specialty chemical, floor covering, and performance materials, the company works around the world every day to add true value to people’s lives, improve health and safety, and help make our world more sustainable. Milliken has long led the way for "knowledge-based" investment, employing over 100 PhDs, and has accumulated over 2,200 U.S. patents – and more than 5,000 patents worldwide. Milliken is widely acknowledged as an international leader in research technology, innovation, and customer service. With over 35 manufacturing facilities located in the U.S., U.K., Belgium, France, China, India, Mexico, and Australia, and other sales and service operations throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia, Milliken's more than 7,000 associates work to deliver innovations that do good for the world, create new experiences, and build for the future.





Research and Development Chemist/Engineer



The individual will be challenged to safely lead efforts to design, develop, optimize, and implement new chemical processes.  We are hiring for two positions, one will be located at the R&D facility in Gainesville, FL, the other will be located at our Headquarters in Spartanburg, SC and will travel between the sites as needed.



  • Lead teams that develop and design/optimize safe and reliable processes to manufacture target molecules.
  • Lead projects that support business efforts that move chemical processes from the lab, pilot, and into the production facility.  Specific tasks will involve evaluating safety and regulatory requirements, assisting in writing plant operational instructions, coordinating efforts with plant engineers and operators, assist developing and designing proper equipment, leading safety reviews of the process and supporting the operational staff during initial plant runs of the process.
  • On all projects, apply sound knowledge of scientific principles, practices, advanced techniques, and modification and/or extension of theories and practices to assigned projects.  Where possible, utilize internal and external scientific, technological databases to extend personal knowledge and provide a basis for future work.
  • Interpret data and be able to make meaningful decisions and designs for chemical processes.
  • Provide leadership for improving the safety of the site.  Beyond familiarity with and compliance with applicable regulations, internal procedures and attendance in safety meetings. This requires leadership in updating procedures and demonstrated constant attention to preventing and resolving safety problems.
  • Drive the continual improvement of housekeeping and safety in the lab, plant, and lab community.
  • Work to understand the customer’s quality needs and integrate these needs into process design.
  • Effectively communicate (both written and verbal) within R&D and with other departments both at the site and within the larger corporate structure.  Regularly maintain laboratory notebook. Keep project portfolio and plans up to date, follow stage-gate process.  Keep supervisor apprised of progress, or lack thereof, on a regular basis.
  • The individual will work with highly diverse teams and must be able to professionally work and communicate in this type of setting.
  • The individual will need to be willing to learn and be able to use this acquired knowledge to improve the organization. 



  • PhD. or equivalent in Chemistry or Chemical Engineering
  • 3+ years of more of experience in an industrial setting
  • Ability to travel up to 25%



  • Experience in developing processes for materials into the semi-conductor industry
  • Experience in scale-up of processes for the silicon industry
  • Experience in developing continuous/flow processes



The successful candidate will have the strengths in the following:

  • Ability to collaborate with others and communicate effectively
  • Strong problem solving and trouble-shooting skills



Milliken & Company is an equal opportunity employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status as a protected veteran, or status as a qualified individual with a disability.