Product Development Chemist

Product Development Chemist

Pittsburgh, PA

As a Product Development Chemist in the dynamic Science & Technology team at PPG, you will be at the forefront of pioneering research and development.

We offer the unique opportunity to delve into the fascinating world of paints, stains, adhesives, and sealants, where you will spearhead the development of groundbreaking products. Your role is crucial in driving organic growth through product creation, while also ensuring the enhancement and support of our existing portfolio. You will help identify and develop next-generation products and explore new market opportunities, all while focusing on cost-effective solutions.
In this role, your expertise will guide the technical aspects of multiple projects in the paint, stain, and adhesive and sealant (A&S) sectors. You will help safeguard our intellectual property, a vital component of our strategic growth. Collaboration is important, and you will work with teams across product management, marketing, sales, technical services, manufacturing, quality assurance, legal, environmental health and safety (EHS), product stewardship, and procurement departments. This position is not just a job, but a chance to make a significant impact in the field of chemistry and materials science, where your contributions will shape the future of coatings.

You will work on-site at our Harmar facility just outside of Pittsburgh, and report to the Adhesives, Sealants, and Innovation Manager.

  • Create a culture where safety comes first and ensure compliance with PPG environmental, health, and safety policies.
  • Design, execute, and analyze experiments to develop paints, stains, adhesives, and sealants. Apply statistical tools (Six Sigma), design of experiment, and structure-property-relationship principles daily to research duties.
  • Introduce new tools, methods, and techniques to the team. Collaborate with other R&D functions.
  • Document experiments and conclusions in a clear, concise, and searchable manner.
  • Complete work at the bench to promote best practices to the broader PPG Architectural team.
  • Lead multiple projects and functionally supervise 1-2 technicians. Oversee their daily activities and provide them with studies to complete.
  • Maintain an environment dedicated to scientific excellence where hypothesis-driven research and statistical rigor are applied to understand and solve problems.
  • Ensure alignment to standard methodologies for product development and formulation practice creation.
  • Support product management and manufacturing to complete tasks within larger projects.
  • Support a culture that values diversity, equity, and inclusion so that every employee can bring their full self to work each day.


  • Ph.D. degree in a scientific / engineering subject area OR a Master’s degree in a scientific / engineering subject area with 3+ years of experience OR a Bachelor’s degree in a scientific / engineering subject area with 6+ years of experience is required.
  • Prior formulation experience in coatings, adhesives, or sealants is preferred.


PPG´s löneintervall och förmåner kan variera beroende på marknad, vilket gör att vi kan kompensera anställda konkurrenskraftigt på olika geografiska marknader. PPG tar hänsyn till flera faktorer för att fatta beslut om ersättning, inklusive, men inte begränsat till, kompetens, erfarenhet och fortbildning, kvalifikationer och utbildning, licenser och certifieringar samt andra organisatoriska behov. Andra incitament kan gälla.

Våra förmånsprogram för anställda är utformade för att stödja våra anställdas hälsa och välbefinnande. Försäkringsskydd och förmåner är utformade i enlighet med kollektivavtal samt arbetsrättliga lagar och avtal.

About us:

Here at PPG we make it happen, and we seek candidates of the highest integrity and professionalism who share our values, with the commitment and drive to strive today to do better than yesterday – everyday.

Through leadership in innovation, sustainability and color, PPG helps customers in industrial, transportation, consumer products, and construction markets and aftermarkets to enhance more surfaces in more ways than does any other company.. To learn more, visit and follow @ PPG on Twitter.

The PPG Way
Every single day at PPG:
We partner with customers to create mutual value.
We are “One PPG” to the world.
We trust our people every day, in every way.
We make it happen.
We run it like we own it.
We do better today than yesterday – everyday.

PPG provides equal opportunity to all candidates and employees. We offer an opportunity to grow and develop your career in an environment that provides a fulfilling workplace for employees, creates an environment for continuous learning, and embraces the ideas and diversity of others. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, pregnancy, race, color, creed, religion, national origin, age, disability status, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression. If you need assistance to complete your application due to a disability, please email [email protected].

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