Research & Development Chemist

Job Location: Tualatin
Department: Research & Development
FLSA Status: Exempt
Work Schedule: Monday-Friday
Reports To: Research & Development Manager
Job Status: Full Time
Amount of Travel Required: 20%

The R&D Chemist is responsible for researching and developing polishing materials (Chemical Mechanical Planarization-CMP) for the semiconductor industry that meet specific company and customer requirements. Will create polishing compounds from inception through pilot plant phase and documentation. Creates new concepts and provides solutions to complex technical processes and product modifications as required to optimize product performance. Effectively interacts with peers, departments and customers to share scientific knowledge/interpretation and provide technical advice and consultation.


  • Develops slurry polishing formulations and manufacturing processes from inception through pilot plant phases.
  • Generates and documents formulation IP for Fujimi group.
  • Works with customers to identify target specifications, test slurry performance and modify formulations as needed.
  • Monitors testing of new products, analyzes results and provides feedback as required.
  • Ensures all required Fujimi NPI procedures are documented and met.
  • Investigates customer requests and questions by investigation and analysis of products and processes as needed.
  • Communicates with parent company research department on project goals and processes as needed.
  • Develops and maintains close working relationship with internal departments, parent company and customer contacts.
  • Works as part of a team with other chemists, engineers and technicians.
  • Ensures product is developed per Fujimi’s documented EHS procedures

Competency Statement(s)

  • Accountability – Ability to accept responsibility and account for his/her actions.
  • Analytical Skills – Ability to use thinking and reasoning to solve a problem.
  • Applied Learning – Ability to participate in needed learning activities in a way that makes the most of the learning experience.
  • Communication, Written – Ability to communicate in writing clearly and concisely.
  • Conceptual Thinking – Ability to think in terms of abstract ideas.
  • Organized – Possessing the trait of being organized or following a systematic method of performing a task.
  • Time Management – Ability to utilize the available time to organize and complete work within given deadlines.
  • Strategic Planning – Ability to develop a vision for the future and create a culture in which the long range goals can be achieved.
  • Creative – Ability to think in such a way as to produce a new concept or idea.
  • Deductive Reasoning – Ability to apply principles of logical or scientific thinking to a wide range of intellectual and practical problems.
  • Goal Oriented – Ability to focus on a goal and obtain a pre-determined result.
  • Initiative – Ability to make decisions or take actions to solve a problem or reach a goal.
  • Presentation Skills – Ability to effectively present information publicly.
  • Problem Solving – Ability to find a solution for or to deal proactively with work-related problems.
  • Project Management – Ability to organize and direct a project to completion.
  • Research Skills – Ability to design and conduct a systematic, objective, and critical investigation.
  • Resource Management (People & Equipment) – Ability to obtain and appropriate the proper usage of equipment, facilities, materials, as well as personnel.
  • Self-Motivated – Ability to be internally inspired to perform a task to the best of one’s ability using his or her own drive or initiative.
  • Technical Aptitude – Ability to comprehend complex technical topics and specialized information.
  • Working Under Pressure – Ability to complete assigned tasks under stressful situations.


Education: Doctorate required, Field of Study: Chemistry, Material Science, Engineering or closely related field.

Experience: 4 plus years of experience in formulation R&D or related field, preferably in CMP polishing slurries or clean chemistry, particle fabrication, and inorganic or polymer chemistry. Evidence of success working with customers in high-performance applications is a plus.

Computer Skills: Proficient skills in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Project) are required. High level of expertise using statistical programs such as JMP, Statistica, etc.

Other Requirements: Knowledge of statistical design of experiments is preferred. In-depth knowledge of CMP, and use of metrology and analytical instruments utilized in the field is helpful.


N (Not Applicable) Activity is not applicable to this position.
O (Occasionally) Position requires this activity up to 33% of the time (0 – 2.5+ hrs/day)
F (Frequently) Position requires this activity from 33% – 66% of the time (2.5 – 5.5+ hrs/day)
C (Constantly) Position requires this activity more than 66% of the time (5.5+ hrs/day)

Physical Demands Lift/Carry
Stand F
Walk F
Sit F
Manually Manipulate F
Reach Outward F
Reach Above Shoulder O
Climb O
Crawl N
Squat or Kneel O
Bend F
Speak F
10 lbs or less F
11-20 lbs F
21-50 lbs O
51-100 lbs N
Over 100 lbs N

12 lbs or less F
13-25 lbs F
26-40 lbs O
41-100 lbs O

Other Physical Requirements

  • Ability to wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) – Safety Glasses, Clean Room Attire, Respirator

Works primarily in a lab and office environment with occasional exposure to clean room, manufacturing and warehouse areas. Extended daily and weekly work hours. Requires extensive travel and occasional evening meetings.

The company has reviewed this job description to ensure that essential functions and basic duties have been included. It is intended to provide guidelines for job expectations and the employee’s ability to perform the position described. It is not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all functions, responsibilities, skills and abilities. Additional functions and requirements may be assigned by supervisors as deemed appropriate. This document does not represent a contract of employment, and the company reserves the right to change this job description and/or assign tasks for the employee to perform, as the company may deem appropriate.

EEO Statement
Fujimi Corporation provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

Reasonable Accommodations Statement
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Reasonable Accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

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