NewMarket Services

Sr. R&D Chemist - Fuels

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. 


Leads complex and/or non-standard research, development, and/or performance testing activities to meet stated objectives of the respective SBU.  May act as overall project and/or technical project lead and direct the work of other technical team members assigned to the project.  High level of communication and presentation skill required.  Often responsible for multiple projects of varying complexity occurring at same time.


  1. Tasked with oversight and leadership of the Fuels Applied Research portfolio of projects. Fuels Applied Research is focused on in-depth, fundamental understanding into specific areas which we see as key technology drivers for future Fuels business. This individual will be tasked with initiating new projects and aligning current research projects with future New Product Development (NPD) projects supporting the Fuels Technology Roadmap. Current team research areas include: Performance Demonstrations and Claim Generation, Screener and Model Development, New Technology Understanding and Advocacy and Alternative Fuels Research. 
  1. Liaison with Afton’s Technology Development Team, overseeing the development of new components (as necessary) and other joint research activities. Provide technical leadership to help team members arrive at the best solution for the business. Ensure effective use of the Afton Product Development Process. Develop new analytical and test methods to characterize products and enable manufacturing capability (as necessary). 
  1. Responsible for building our fundamental understanding of future fuels technologies and formulations to meet the needs of customers and OEMs consistent with our business strategy. 
  1. Oversight over the Fuels Applied Research portfolio of projects. Responsible for leading the highest priority, Fuels Mission Critical research projects and communicating progress internally. 
  1. A good communicator who has experience communicating and presenting at the highest levels of the organization. Prepare reports, presentations, and other communications concerning results of laboratory tests or product development trials including next steps and impact on key business initiatives. 
  1. Performs and/or manages formulation, synthesis, and/or testing activities to meet established project objectives. Effective use and leadership of the Afton Product Development Process.  Designs approach, test plans, and milestones to project completion. 
  1. Evaluates and interprets data, performance, and deliverables. Provides recommendations to R&D and project leaders regarding results, deliverables, progress and challenges.  Identifies and eliminates hurdles to successful project completion.  Conducts special projects as assigned. 
  1. 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…  Assists in determining future direction. 
  1. Complete complex analytical testing procedures, in-depth analysis and interpretation and provide a detailed and accurate test report to the customer in a timely manner. Evaluate all test/project data to ensure accuracy, completeness and reasonability of conclusions. 
  1. Complete collation of data, final interpretation and written test reports. Consult with the customer as necessary to review and explain results, offer insight and analytical perspective and insure that project goals are being met. 
  1. Lead or direct special research projects independently. Oversee technical activities and/or supervise technical team members assigned to the project. 
  1. Understand, comply, and promote safe laboratory and work practices, including appropriate safety regulations and procedures. 
  1. 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 functions & responsibilities. 
  1. Represent Afton in technical conferences, societies and other industry activities. Maintain adequate level of technical expertise and self-development through study, seminars, etc.  Stay informed of advanced developments inside and outside of Afton. 
  1. Participate in IP activities as required, including competitor reviews, freedom to practice assessments, patent filings, invention disclosures, etc.



  • Bachelors or Advanced degree in Chemistry or Mechanical / Chemical Engineering
  • Advanced knowledge and understanding of applicable chemistry and/or engineering principles and application in a research and development environment typically acquired after more than 5 years of relevant experience



  • Ph.D. degree in Chemistry or Chemical Engineering
  • Relevant work experience with respective product category


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
  • Business Insight - The understanding of the basis for our business model and how that is realized in the market. The understanding of how business and operations are intimately linked. The ability to use information, practices & trends, affecting the business to engage and drive new strategies and tactics work in the marketplace.
  • 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.
  • Coaching - The ability to provide the structure, environment and support for teaching, training and development of individuals and teams to enable them to achieve specific personal or professional results or goals.
  • Managing Performance - Possessing the drive and focus to achieve challenging goals.
  • Collaboration and Networking - The ability to work in and across Afton's organizational matrix to achieve business objectives, via engaging interactions and 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
  • Innovation - The openness to new ideas and the ability to generate breakthrough solutions. Can develop, seek out, critically assess and implement new and value adding concepts.
  • 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 acceptable statistical applications to assigned area
  • Consistent demonstration 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 we 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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