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

• Flexible work options to help balance work/life demands (at participating AdvanSix sites)

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


Position Summary:
The Sr. R&D Technician is the primary day to day technical resource for operating and maintaining a new, state-of-the-art continuous nylon pilot plant. This position controls the operation, takes samples, handles raw materials, and prepares sample quantities of finished resin for internal and customer testing. This position must work effectively on shift work; the operation is continuous and will be staffed continuously when running an active trial/experiment. The operators must be able to perform all necessary duties regardless of which shift they are on. Shift assignments are subject to change with the needs of the business, but will be preceded with a 48-hour notice

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Start up and control the process using a computerized control system
  • Follow an experimental work plan and adhere to the standard operating procedures (SOP) developed for that work plan
  • Troubleshoot and respond to problems in the plant, including but not limited to chemical, electrical equipment, mechanical equipment, and operational as mentioned in SOPs
  • Prepare samples for analytical equipment and perform experiments
  • Safely handle chemicals and charge raw materials into system
  • Maintain the plant in a safe, clean, and orderly manner
  • Clean out equipment for shutdown and perform routine maintenance tasks (changing a filter, valves, running tubing, basic wiring, etc.)
  • Build relationship of trust with subcontract workers, coworkers, and other scientist/engineers who direct and oversee R&D work
  • Readily and decisively provide suggestions and find resourceful ways to help others remove obstacles to high performance

Basic Qualifications:

  • Must be prepared to work on-shift
  • At least 1 year of experience in basic mechanical troubleshooting/problem solving
  • Familiarity with industrial plant equipment and operations is necessary
  • Experience working with chemicals is strongly preferred
    Experience with MS Office (Excel, Word and Powerpoint)

Additional Qualifications:

  • Associate degree in related field preferred, but not required
  • Experience working with PLC or other process control interfaces 
  • Experience with Experion preferred
  • Ability to focus on the most important priorities
  • Must set a high personal standard for own performance and manage to those standards
  • Demonstrate a high level of versatility and flexibility in response to a wide range of situations
  • Create a positive environment here everyone can flourish and be successful
  • Ability to handle multiple demands and competing priorities
  • Always strive to excel and raise the bar
  • Project a positive image and serve as a role model for others
  • Treat others with fairness, respect, and dignity and encourage others to do the same
  • Openly accept feedback from others by changing and modifying behavior
  • Good verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to think strategically and critically analyze details


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.

To all agencies: Please, no phone calls or emails to any employee of AdvanSix about this opening. All resumes submitted by search firms/employment agencies to any employee at AdvanSix via-email, the internet or in any form and/or method will be deemed the sole property of AdvanSix, unless such search firms/employment agencies were engaged by AdvanSix for this position and a valid agreement with AdvanSix is in place. In the event a candidate who was submitted outside of the AdvanSix agency engagement process is hired, no fee or payment of any kind will be paid.
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  • It is easy to apply for AdvanSix jobs online. Create a profile in DayForce and upload your resume or fill in the form with your job history.
  • 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!