NewMarket Services

Chemical Technician I, II

Location US-VA-Richmond
Technical Services



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. 



Performs organic synthesis and analysis, perform industry and Afton specific laboratory tests as requested, complete preliminary analysis, and record data to support R&D projects.



  1. Participate in safety related activities and maintain an up-to-date understanding of company, industry and government safety procedures and regulations.
  1. Performs organic synthesis and analysis to support component development programs provided by supervisor. Contributes to process development through interaction with supervisor.
  1. Perform industry and Afton specific laboratory tests using established procedures. Assist in development and modification of tests as needed.  Develop plan for testing and/or additive blending. 
  1. 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.
  2. Operate specialized test equipment in accordance with established procedure. Perform tests accurately to insure reproducibility. Assume responsibilities for the maintenance and trouble shooting of the laboratory equipment and/or instrumentation necessary to perform the laboratory tests.
  1. 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.
  2. Maintain adequate level of specific as well as general technical expertise through training, seminars, etc., at the direction of management to support required activity.
  1. May blend components and/or develop new or modify existing formulations to meet objectives and may analyze various blends and base stocks to determine properties.
  1. May perform non-standardized laboratory procedures independently and/or with guidance of experienced personnel.
  1. May represent Afton with customers, industry organizations at the direction of management and may train other personnel as necessary.
  1. 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 Degree
  • Degree of Chemistry, Biology, Chemical Engineering, or chemistry-related field preferred.


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.



  • Additive Chemistry - Understand the chemical nature of generic and Afton specific component technology and how they drive performance in our areas of application. Understand component interaction in formulations that impact physical, chemical and performance needs over product use and shelf life.
  • Organic synthesis – The ability to conduct a range of organic synthesis reactions under the supervision of R&D Chemists. Contribute to the development process by keen observation and discussion with supervisor.
  • 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.
  • Managing Performance - Possessing the drive and focus to achieve challenging goals.

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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