NewMarket Services

Chemical Technician - Physical & Engineering Sciences

Location US-VA-Richmond
Research and Development


About Us

Afton Chemical Corporation is part of the NewMarket Corporation (NYSE: NEU) family of companies, and is one of the largest global suppliers of lubricant additives and offers a broad line of fuel additives worldwide. 


Provide lab support to our R&D customers by performing routine and non-routine bench testing within the Physical & Engineering Sciences Lab.  Work with R&D Scientists and Engineers to support development of new test profiles and new test capabilities to enable more efficient and e3ffective bench research capability and screener development.


  • Participate in safety related activities and maintain an up-to-date understanding of company, industry, and government safety procedures and regulations.
  • Perform routine and non-routine laboratory bench testing using new and established procedures. Assist in development and modification of tests as needed.
  • Complete preliminary analysis and interpretation of test results. Prepare reports, memos, presentations, etc., and/or enter into database(s), to communicate results to appropriate parties. Handle requests and report results in agreed upon timelines.
  • Operate specialized test equipment in accordance with established procedure. Perform tests accurately to insure reproducibility. Assume responsibilities for the maintenance and troubleshooting of the laboratory equipment and/or instrumentation necessary to perform the laboratory tests.
  • Purchase, maintain, and/or obtain adequate inventory of samples and lab supplies for testing and work area. Maintain work area in a neat, clean, and safe condition.
  • Maintain adequate level of specific as well as general technical expertise through training, seminars, etc., at the direction of management to support required activity.
  • Blend components and finished fluids to meet customer requirements. Analyze various blends and base stocks to determine properties.
  • May perform non-standardized laboratory procedures independently and/or with guidance of experienced personnel.
  • May represent end client with customers, industry organizations at the direction of management and may train other personnel as necessary.
  • Assure that complete ISO documentation is maintained on all ISO or quality related activities. Participate in ISO related activities and maintain an up-to-date understanding of the ISO function.



  • High school graduate or equivalent
  • Demonstrated lab and/or chemistry training, experience, or aptitude




        Associate or Bachelor’s degree



  • Makes decisions 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
  • 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.
  • Communicates information clearly and effectively in an engaging and convincing manner.
  • Possesses the drive and focus to achieve challenging goals.
  • Manages tasks and activities to achieve their completion within the agreed framework, across regional and organizational boundaries.
  • Openness to new ideas and the ability to generate breakthrough solutions. Can develop, seek out, critically assess and implement new and value adding concepts.
  • Develop and/or apply physical, chemical and mechanical testing to appropriately demonstrate and/or understand the mechanisms for our products performance and to improve the efficiency of product development.
  • Basic computer literacy (i.e. Microsoft Office, Word, Excel).
  • Demonstrates understanding and application of safe lab practices and procedures.


Working at Afton

Who We Are - We're a diverse, global family of individuals, who share a passion for developing innovative solutions. We build our professional relationships on respect, integrity and a commitment to safety and quality. Just as these values apply to our professional relationships, they also apply to the way feel about our neighbors and communities.

Our Work - At Afton, our innovative R&D programs lead to global growth. Our lubricant and fuel additives are among the most highly developed and widely used in the petroleum industry. Afton is a recognized and trusted supplier of driveline lubricant additives, engine oil additives, fuel additives and industrial lubricant additives.

Benefits / Compensation - We offer competitive compensation and benefit packages that reflect our commitment to our employees. Our employees are our most treasured asset and we have dedicated resources that allow us to reward our employees for their commitment on an ongoing basis - ensuring our compensation packages are competitive in the industry.


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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