Sr. R&D Technician

Richmond, VA
Research & Development

AdvanSix plays a critical role in global supply chains, innovating and delivering essential products for our customers in a wide variety of end markets and applications that touch people’s lives, such as building and construction, fertilizers, plastics, solvents, packaging, paints, coatings, adhesives, and electronics. Our reliable and sustainable supply of quality products emerges from the vertically integrated value chain of our three U.S. based manufacturing facilities. AdvanSix strives to deliver best-in-class customer experiences and differentiated products in the industries of nylon solutions, chemical intermediates, and plant nutrients, guided by our core values of Safety, Integrity, Accountability and Respect.

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Why work at AdvanSix?

• We provide benefits that are industry competitive and focused on employee well-being

• Total Rewards program includes a competitive compensation, health, dental, vision & wellness programs, paid vacation, 401K with company matching, health savings programs, disability & life insurance, employee assistance program

• Tuition reimbursement for continued education, certifications, training, and development

• Work within a fast paced and innovative company, meeting passionate colleagues and partners with diverse backgrounds and experiences



Position Name: Sr.R&DTechnician


Position Summary: This role is responsible for planning and execution of laboratory scale experimental work in support of the developmental goals for the Plant Nutrients business. Primary tasks include benchtop chemistry, sample preparation and analysis, operation of specialty analytical equipment, and development of new testing methods.  This position will also support execution of in-plant trials, non-conforming product testing, and non-routine data collection as needed to complete larger program goals.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Develop strong knowledge of R&D SOPs, good laboratory practices, and safety procedures
  • Execute benchtop (and larger) experimentation in accordance with existing procedures
  • Participate in the development of new experimental procedures and testing equipment, in close partnership with staff scientists
  • Complete detailed multistep procedures to ensure repeatability and accuracy with a high degree of documentation, curiosity, and observations
  • Monitor performance data of Plant Nutrients manufacturing operations, including product quality metrics, trends, and relationships to nonroutine results
  • Complete investigations into customer complaints, returned samples, and potentially non-conforming products
  • Complete project and task plans for integrated activities and seamless execution across  team members and activities, including workflow of weekly baseline monitoring samples
  • Positively contribute to the safe operation of a laboratory environment handling highly hazardous chemicals; use chemicals in accordance with safety datasheets
  • Analyze results with a variety of industry standard and self-developed techniques
  • Complete data processing and reporting using established methods and software tools



Basic Qualifications:

  • 5+ years of experience in laboratory and/or chemical manufacturing environment required
  • Experience reading technical drawings and writing procedures and work instructions strongly preferred
  • High School Diploma or equivalent required
  • Associate degree in science, engineering, or technical field preferred

Additional Qualifications:

  • Ability to be self-directed in managing multiple priorities
  • Must set a high personal standard for own performance and manage to those standards
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with individuals at all levels of an organization and ability to work in a team environment
  • Openly accept feedback from others by changing and modifying behavior
  • Ability to think strategically and critically analyze details
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office
At AdvanSix, we are dedicated to building a diverse, inclusive, and authentic workplace, so if you’re excited about this role but your past work experience doesn’t perfectly align with every qualification in the job posting, we encourage you to still apply. You may just be the right candidate for this or other roles.

AdvanSix is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified applicants will be considered without regard to age, race, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, marital status, affectional or sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, nationality, sex, religion, veteran status, or any other protected classification.

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  • Your profile and resume will be reviewed by a recruiter and you’ll be notified via email whether you will be proceeding with the interview process
  • The first interview will be a telephone screening with the HR and recruiting team, If there is mutual interest, there will be additional interviews with the team and an in-person site visit
  • Once interviews are completed, if you are determined a good fit for the AdvanSix team, a formal offer will be extended. Offers will first be verbally given and quickly followed by a formal letter via email
  • Every offer is contingent on the successful completion of the pre-employment and background checks required for the position.
  • We can’t wait for you to join the team!