NewMarket Services

Chemist - Performance Fuel Additives (PFA)

Location US-VA-Richmond
Research and Development


Conduct research and product development for the Performance Fuel Additives SBU. Develop formulations to meet customer-specific and market general product requirements, integrate new components into our product portfolio, and investigate new formulation tools.


  1. Performs basic formulation and testing activities to meet established project objectives. Familiarity and use of the Afton Product Development Process as appropriate.
  2. Completes preliminary evaluations of data and consults with senior R&D team member or leader regarding results, chemistry/component viability and necessary characterizations. Completes special projects as assigned.
  3. Participates in technical and/or project reviews and presents findings as appropriates. Engages with assigned teams and cross-functional stakeholders, such as business, process, marketing, etc…
  4. Maintain accurate, up-to-date lab notebooks in accordance with established procedures. Ensure objectivity and accuracy in reporting and recording data.
  5. Understand, comply, and promote safe laboratory and work practices, including appropriate safety regulations and procedures.
  6. Assure that complete documentation is maintained on ISO or Quality System related activities. Participate in Quality System related activities and maintain an up-to-date understanding of the Quality System function & responsibilities




  • Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry (or other relevant science field)


  • 1-3 years relevant working experience


For NewMarket or Afton employees, an appropriate combination of experiences that will support the required skill base may replace one or more of the specific experience requirements above.




  • Decision Making - Decision making in a timely manner based upon a mixture of analysis, wisdom, experience, and judgment; sometimes with incomplete information, under tight deadlines and pressure; while based upon appropriate risk and authority
  • Analysis and Problem Solving - Solves difficult problems with effective solutions; asks good questions and questions all likely sources for answers; can solve complex problems and recognize complex patterns; utilizing all appropriate tools to reach a robust answer.
  • Communication - The ability to communicate information clearly and effectively in an engaging and convincing manner.
  • Personal Drive – Possessing the drive and focus to achieve challenging goals, moving from thought and problem solving into value creation
  • Collaboration and Networking - The ability to work in and across Afton's organizational matrix to achieve business objectives, via engaging and rewarding interactions. Through this network provide support, exert influence.  Influencing without authority.
  • Project Management - The ability to manage tasks and activities and achieve their completion within the agreed framework, across regional and organizational boundaries
  • Influencing without Authority – Understands the importance of rapport building and connecting with different types of stakeholders who are not necessarily direct reports, to get work done and achieve results
  • Dealing with Uncertainty - Can effectively cope with change; can shift gears comfortably; can decide and act without having the total picture; isn’t upset when things are up in the air; doesn’t have to finish things before moving on; can comfortably handle risk and uncertainty.
  • Demonstrates understanding and application of safe lab practices and procedures

An Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to the individual’s race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, religion, age, disability, genetic information, status as a military veteran or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.


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