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R&D Scientist, Industrial Water Treatment in Ashland, Virginia at ChemTreat

Date Posted: 3/2/2019

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Job ID: CHE001904

About Us

ChemTreat operates as a subsidiary of Danaher Corporation, one of the best performing Fortune 500 companies. Our proprietary solutions allow our customers to reduce water, chemical, and energy costs, extend asset life, improve process operations, and reduce downtime. We have expertise in a variety of industries, including automotive, beverage, chemical, food, fuel processing, metals, mining, power, pulp and paper, and textile. We also serve commercial and institutional customers, including data centers, district energy providers, universities, government buildings, and hospitals. Our company has developed a robust product portfolio for the prevention of corrosion; scale and biofouling in critical heat transfer systems and advanced polymers for industrial wastewater.

Employment with ChemTreat is on an at-will basis, which means that either the employee or ChemTreat can terminate the employment relationship at any time and for any reason (or no reason), with or without notice, unless the employee and ChemTreat have entered a written agreement signed by the employee and a duly authorized representative of ChemTreat.
ChemTreat, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, gender, age, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any characteristic protected by law.


The Scientist, Industrial Water Treatment R&D is responsible for researching and developing chemical technologies for Cooling/Boiler water treatment, application testing using various test methods and building new test equipment in the lab to duplicate the customer requirements.
  • Perform application testing in the areas of corrosion inhibition, scale inhibition and cleaning solutions.
  • These tests include, but not limited to, spinner bath studies, electrochemical corrosion studies, pilot cooling tower studies, bottle tests, dynamic loop scale inhibition studies, etc.
  • Develop and document technical procedures; identify and evaluate new technologies; Data interpretation and Presentations.
  • Responsibilities also include building new lab testing equipment to duplicate the conditions at the customer site, such as pilot cooling towers, flow loops, etc.
  • Other responsibilities also include working on developing PolyTrack curves for measuring polymer content in products and working with Sales team to troubleshoot product feed rate issues.
  • Travel to customers as needed and provide support in new product trials, data gathering and reporting it to Senior R&D Leaders and Tech Staff team.
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 Provide support to corporate Tech Staff and Sales; provide strategic input; other duties as assigned.
  • Technical and business knowledge
  • Communication skills
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Teamwork
  • Analytical skills
  • Organizational skills
  • Self-management

Job Requirements


  • B.S. degree in chemistry or in related science field.
  • Minimum of three years R&D / Chemical laboratory experience.
  • Proficiency with water research is desired.
  • Familiarity with common laboratory instruments, equipment, and techniques;
  • computer skills;
  • advanced writing and communication skills

  • Constantly required to sit and occasionally required to walk, stand, climb (includes stairs), balance, stoop, bend, kneel, crouch or crawl, and talk, hear, and smell
  • Constantly using hands and fingers to handle, feel or operate objects, and computer keyboards.
  • Routinely required to reach with hands and arms, squat, turn/twist, or reach, lift, carry, push, or pull up to 20 pounds
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus
  • The Physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.
  • Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • Consists of an indoor work office and lab environment with good ventilation, adequate lighting, and low noise levels.

Danaher Corporation Overview

Danaher is a global science & technology innovator committed to helping our customers solve complex challenges and improve quality of life worldwide. Our world class brands are leaders in some of the most demanding and attractive industries, including life sciences, medical diagnostics, dental, environmental and applied solutions. Our globally diverse team of 67,000 associates is united by a common culture and operating system, the Danaher Business System, which serves as our competitive advantage. We generated $18.3B in revenue last year. We are ranked #162 on the Fortune 500 and our stock has outperformed the S&P 500 by more than 1,200% over 20 years.
At Danaher, you can build a career in a way no other company can duplicate. Our brands allow us to offer dynamic careers across multiple industries. We’re innovative, fast-paced, results-oriented, and we win. We need talented people to keep winning. Here you’ll learn how DBS is used to shape strategy, focus execution, align our people, and create value for customers and shareholders. Come join our winning team.