Associate Research Chemist

Johns Manville

Johns Manville

Waterville, OH, USA
Posted on Friday, June 21, 2024

Who We Are

Johns Manville is a leading manufacturer and marketer of premium-quality insulation and commercial roofing, along with glass fibers and nonwovens for commercial, industrial and residential applications. Our products are used in a wide variety of industries including building products, aerospace, automotive and transportation, filtration, commercial interiors, waterproofing and wind energy.

A proud member of the Berkshire Hathaway family of companies, we serve customers in more than 80 countries around the globe. We are committed to delivering positive and powerful experiences, because we are successful only when our employees and customers thrive. We are passionate, we care about people, we perform at a superior level, and we protect others and our environments.

Pay Range

$72,100.00-$99,100.00 Annual

This is the base salary pay range that an applicant can expect to make upon hire. Pay within this range will vary based upon relevant experience, skills, and education among other factors. In addition, this position is eligible for an incentive bonus.

Job Posting Title: Associate Research Chemist (Waterville, OH)

Position Overview:

The Associate Research Chemist will work on the development and optimization of new JM nonwoven products. The new member of the Innovation & Commercial team will conduct bench-scale experiments independently and will collaborate with the team for pilot line and production scale-up trials to evaluate new nonwoven products, binders, and functional coatings. Their contribution will range from chemical synthesis, characterization, development of new test methods, and statistical analysis in support of manufacturing specifications.

Your Day to Day:

  • Perform laboratory synthesis, experimentation, testing and data analysis through independent application of standard principles
  • Develop new test methods and procedures or refine established procedures
  • Participate in cross-functional teams to define and execute technical projects
  • Travel to manufacturing plants to apply technical expertise to a variety of product or process development projects
  • Present concepts, research plans, project updates and accomplishments internally to peers and to senior management team or externally to customers and others
  • Provide internal technical services to operations when product issues and customer complaints arise for existing and new products
  • Use statistical tools, such as Six Sigma, to design experiments and analyze data
  • Use material characterization techniques to collect property and process data; and develop structure/process/property relationships
  • Maintain and specify laboratory instrumentation
  • May be required to perform other related duties as assigned

What You Bring to The Team

  • Bachelor’s degree in chemistry, chemical engineering, coatings and/or polymeric materials and minimum one year of research and development experience
  • Working knowledge of general laboratory practices, chemical analysis and methods for physical properties evaluation
  • Working knowledge and understanding of chemical reactions and techniques for chemical synthesis and identification
  • Experience operating and maintaining standard laboratory equipment
  • Statistical analysis skills and experience with Six Sigma, design of experiments and software (e.g., Minitab, JMP)
  • Project management skills
  • Effective interpersonal communication and verbal, written and presentation skills
  • Ability to work independently and in a team environment
  • Ability to interface at all levels an organization, both internally and externally
  • Ability to participate in cross functional project teams and to meet aggressive program deliverables
  • Ability to use multi-disciplinary approach to problem solving
  • Ability to work directly with production operations and business partners

Job-specific Information

  • Minimal travel required (0 - 10 days per year)
  • The work environment is typical of a research and development facility. When working in a plant, the Associate Research Engineer may be exposed to environmental conditions (cold, heat, humidity), high noise levels, moving mechanical parts, heights, dust/mist/gas/fumes, and may be required to do extensive walking or climbing
  • Some activities may require lifting, carry, push, or pull up to and including 25 pounds.

Please Keep in Mind

If you do not meet 100% of these requirements, we at JM still want to hear from you. So, if you are interested in the role, we encourage you to apply so we can learn how your skills and talents can contribute to our team.


Johns Manville (JM) offers a wide range of benefits to employees. Some are subsidized by the company and others are fully employee-paid. Health benefits include a choice of comprehensive medical plans, a dental plan, vision plan, wellness program and critical illness insurance. JM sponsors a 401(k) plan which includes a sizeable company match. JM offers paid vacation and also provides paid sick and parental leave for eligible employees.

Additionally, Johns Manville provides basic life Insurance, short-term and long-term disability coverage, an employee assistance program, and business travel accident coverage. Supplemental life insurance and accidental death and dismemberment insurance are available as well. The company also offers a variety of tax saving accounts; health spending account, traditional flexible spending account, and a dependent care spending account. JM also offers a tuition reimbursement program for undergraduate and certain graduate programs.

Diversity & Inclusion

Johns Manville believes diversity and inclusion in our workplace is critical for the long-term success of our company. We are committed to retaining, developing and attracting a diverse workforce that fosters an inclusive work environment in which all employees are treated with dignity and respect. This is the right thing to do for our employees, our company and our communities. Our D&I council is composed of employees from locations across North American & Europe who meet regularly and work to promote and foster an environment of inclusion. Born from our D&I council is our network of employee resource groups (ERGs) that are focused on supporting diverse communities in the workplace. Review more about our diversity & inclusion initiatives on JM’s Career page.

Incumbent must be physically able to perform essential job functions. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential job functions.

We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. We maintain a drug-free workplace and perform pre-employment substance abuse testing.