R&D Chemist in Mooresville, NC at Apex Life Sciences

Date Posted: 5/25/2018

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Job Description

Apex Life Sciences is looking for a chemist with experience in formulations, R&D and color matching for a client in Mooresville, NC. Please send resumes to Andy Reed if you are interested in being considered for this role. 

awreed@apexlifesciences.com | 704-332-5443


The (R&D) Chemist is responsible for executing R&D Projects. This person conducts experiments in a safely manner, gathers data, evacuates and documents it. Utilizes a variety of laboratory equipment. Work on developing solutions and providing better understanding of investigated area.


  • Gathers & evaluates data, withdraws conclusions and documents findings in a form of a report and in a laboratory notebook
  • Explores Liquid Color Research and Development avenues by experimental work and independent research
  • Look for multiple ways to investigate a problem by suggesting alternative products and services
  • Shares findings with colleagues across all department
  • Pursues independent research to obtain resolution to technical problems
  • Continuously expands knowledge of colorants, additives, carriers, resins plastic processes and techniques
  • Demonstrates in depth familiarity of laboratory equipment including, but not limited to spectrophotometers, color matching software, FTIR, UVVIS, weathermen, microscopes, centrifuge, melt indexer, weighing scales, analytical balances, presses, roll mills, injection molding machines
  • Demonstrates flexibility to handle multiple projects and requests
  • Utilizes spectrophotometer in color matching, formulation adjustments, and color difference determination
  • Works on color formulations development, improvement to prepare the best possible sample
  • Maintains required logs, data, records and reports pertinent to commercial design lab, both manual and computer based
  • Assists in color matching department if needed
  • Understands QC process and assists quality control in off-color production revisions and corrections if needed
  • Supports ISO required tasks and required documentation


  • Color matches and produces concentrate samples
  • Knows QC protocol and supports QC
  • Actively participates in quality programs and training


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Bachelors Degree is preferred or equivalent years of experience
  • Surfactant or polymer chemistry background desired
  • Understanding of analytical methods desired
  • Color matching background desired
  • The ability to be flexible and work in a team oriented environment.
  • Attention to detail
  • Excellent computer skills including MS Office, spreadsheets and databases
  • Must possess the ability to visually differentiate between colors that are very close in hue; must pass color blindness and color hue test (Munsell)
  • Individual must possess creative, analytical, problem solving skills and demonstrate the ability to handle multiple priorities


  • Adaptability – Maintaining effectiveness when experiencing major changes in work tasks or the work environment; adjusting effectively to work within new work structures, processes, requirements or cultures.
  • Communication – Clearly conveying information and ideas through a variety of media to individuals or groups in a manner that engages the audience and helps them understand and retain the message.
  • Coaching – Providing timely guidance and feedback to help others strengthen specific knowledge/skill areas needed to accomplish a task or solve a problem.
  • Decision Making – Identifying and understanding issues, problem, and opportunities; comparing data from different sources to draw conclusions; using effective approaches for choosing a course of action or developing appropriate solutions; taking action that is consistent with available facts, constraints, and probable consequences.
  • Planning and Organizing – Establishing courses of action for self and others to ensure that work is completed efficiently.

EEO Employer

Apex is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Apex will consider qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of applicable law. If you have visited our website in search of information on employment opportunities or to apply for a position, and you require an accommodation in using our website for a search or application, please contact our Employee Services Department at employeeservices@apexsystemsinc.com or 844-463-6178.