United States, Madison Heights, MI, Adhesive Technologies

Product Development Scientist (Surface Treatment)


At Henkel, you can make a difference and craft your career. That’s why you own your projects and take full responsibility from an early stage. Our unique brands in markets around the world open up countless opportunities to follow your convictions and explore new paths. If you have an entrepreneurial mindset that allows you to always think out of the box - take the chance and shape the digital future together with us.


  • Seeking a Scientist to develop innovative surface treatment products for Henkel customers within the Metal Packaging and Metal Coil markets. 
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  • Conduct research and development in lubricants, cleaners, conversion coatings, and functional coatings for metal substrates. 
  • Discover new surface chemistry that meets future market needs.  
  • Ability to take discoveries from the laboratory to final products. 
  • Write and present technical reports to customers, trade associations, technical service personnel, and company management. 
  • Maintain up-to-date technical expertise and a high-profile involvement with relevant industry technical associations. 
  • Serve as surface treatment technical contact for external customers, sales, marketing, and operations.  
  • Supervise day-to-day work of laboratory technician(s)


  • MS, or PhD in Chemistry/Chemical Engineering is required.  Ph.D. Inorganic Chemistry preferred.
  • Fundamental and practical experience in surface chemistry.
  • Industrial experience preferred
  • Experience with food contact regulations preferred
  • Goal-oriented, new technology/product developer.
  • Excellent computer,written and oral communication skills.

Henkel is an equal opportunity employer.We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, veteran status and other legally protected characteristics.

Henkel does not accept unsolicited resumes from search firms or employment agencies.Unsolicited referrals and resumes are considered Henkel property and therefore, Henkel will not pay a fee for any placement resulting from the receipt of an unsolicited referral.At Henkel’s request only, preferred vendors may be invited to refer talent for specific open positions.In these cases, a fully-executed agreement with Henkel must be in place and current.

JOB ID: 190008XD
Contract & Job type: Full Time, Regular
Contact information for application-related questions: 1-866-836-7067


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