Chemist-Engineer R&D

Job Description
Company Overview:

Preferred Sands, headquartered in Radnor, PA, is one of North America’s largest manufacturers and providers of frac sand for oil and natural gas companies in the hydraulic fracturing industry. Launched in 2007, Preferred Sands is the market’s only commercial manufacturer with an available green technology in resin-coated sand. With its innovative product development and reclamation projects, the company is not only committed to the protection of the environment but also the health and safety of the communities it serves. With strategic plant locations in Arizona, Minnesota, Nebraska, Wisconsin and Canada, the company has core competencies in logistic transportation. Preferred Sands has been named to Inc. 500’s prestigious annual list of Fastest Growing Private Companies in America (2013) and Deloitte Technology Fast 500™ (2013), as well as one of Pennsylvania’s Best Places to Work. The company’s innovative RCS product line has also been recognized by the Oil & Gas Awards as the Environmental Initiative of the Year for 2013. Additionally, CEO, Michael O’Neill, has been named Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year® in Energy, Cleantech and Natural Resources (2012) and SmartCEO Magazine’s CEO of the Year (2012).

Position Overview:

We have expanded our technology base to include coated sands and ceramics. These coatings could incorporate a variety of polymers, catalysts, surfactants and coupling agents are designed to generate unique performance properties. We are looking for an innovative Chemist/Engineer with a strong background in polymer and material sciences to work in our R&D facility in Houston, Texas.

Job Responsibilities:
Conduct and coordinate laboratory analyses required to monitor raw materials and to improve, in cooperation with the Technical Service, Manufacturing, and Commercial Teams, the company’s product line.
Use statistical methods, scientific and engineering principles to analyze and interpret experimental data and help make data-based technical decisions.
Knowledge of structure-property relationship in polymers and composites as well as durability of polymers in field application.
Facilitate organizational understanding of the chemistry behind the company’s product line and leads the effort to adjust chemistry for technological, efficiency, and performance improvements.
Serve as the expert to the company in the field of polymer/material science and how those technologies are utilized in our product lines.
Assist customer service resolving customer issues, through the development and management of a quality control system for raw materials and products, and ongoing research and development in the area of chemicals and resin coated proppant sand.
Be able to lead, coordinate or assist (as a team member) in projects or assignments that may include both internal and external resources.
BS degree in related science/engineering and 5-10 years of experience.
MS degree in related science/engineering and 3-5 years of experience.
PhD degree in related science/engineering and 1-3 years of experience.
Experience in the oil industry is a plus.
Experience in trouble shooting production problems would show a logical approach to problem solving and an ability to work under pressure.
An understanding of material science, surface science, thin film coatings and their properties.
Ability to build strong working relationships with management, cross functional teams and customers.
Ability to meet deadlines.
Must be able to work independently.


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