A process development chemist plays an important role in developing new and more effective ways of carrying out analyses and tests and recording results to improve current processes and their cost-efficiency. A good deal of troubleshooting may be necessary, so applicants should certainly be patient, detail-oriented, and vast knowledge of various testing techniques. Experience with developing designs, system-testing and evaluation, and interpretation of advanced systems will need to be demonstrated.
Much of the work is done independently, though some teamwork may be necessary, so good communication skills are important. Process development chemists also have general duties such as ensuring that the laboratory area is clean, taking inventory, and ordering supplies when they are low. Records of all tests and other operations must be kept, so organizational skills are important. Generally, a Ph.D. is required for this job, though there may be positions available for those with lower-level degrees and relevant work experience.
Process Development Chemist Tasks
Manage all phases of process development from lab to full scale manufacturing of products.
Responsible for new product scale-up, process development and optimization, technology transfer and process validation activities.
Develop and recommend process improvements and new technologies to achieve cost effectiveness and improve product quality.
Act as subject matter expert in process design and engineering.