NewMarket Services

Sr R&D Chemist - Analytical

Location US-VA-Richmond
Research and Development



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.



This position is for a technical leader in GC/MS qualitative analysis, headspace analysis, and other GC techniques. The applicant would also provide LC/MS qualitative and quantitative analysis support. The role includes assigned projects under the supervision of a senior R&D team member or manager as well as independent studies, managing analytical projects, and contributing to large/complex projects with other team members.




  1. Serve as GC/MS expert in structural elucidation and qualitative analysis
  1. Method development for standard GC and GC-headspace experiments
  1. Provide qualitative and quantitative LC/MS support
  1. Teach and mentor others in mass spec and GC techniques
  1. Participate in technical project reviews and present findings as appropriate
  1. Engage with assigned teams and cross-functional stakeholders, such as process development, plants, EHS, mechanical and R&D strategic business units (SBU)
  1. Keep up to date in current relevant technology related to analytical techniques and petroleum additive and lubricant technology
  1. Maintain accurate written documentation in accordance with established procedures and ensure objectivity and accuracy in reporting and recording data
  1. Understand, comply, and promote safe laboratory and work practices, including appropriate safety regulations and procedures
  1. Participate in Afton Quality Management system including maintenance of documentation related to appropriate ISO standards
  1. Represent Afton as needed in technical conferences, societies, and other industry activities



  • Bachelors in Chemistry
  • Thorough knowledge and application of mass spec qualitative analysis and chromatography techniques in a research and development environment typically acquired after at least 5 years of relevant experience with PhD or 15 years with BS.



  • Advanced degree in Chemistry
  • Strong GC/MS and GC skills


  • Safety- Work safely in a laboratory environment according to industry and Afton standards
  • Mass Spec- Experience with mass spec is a must specifically including qualitative analysis and the use of mass spec for structural elucidation through spectral analysis and database searching
  • Instruments- Experience with GC/MS and/or LC/MS instrumentation is a must
  • Laboratory- Hands on sample preparation and operation of analytical instrumentation
  • Technology- Familiar with the latest MS and GC equipment for industry
  • Decision Making - Decision making in a timely manner based upon a mixture of analyses, experience, and potentially incomplete information, under tight deadlines and pressure
  • Analysis and Problem Solving – Ability to solve difficult problems with effective solutions utilizing appropriate tools and asking good questions
  • Communication - Ability to communicate information clearly and effectively in an engaging and convincing manner verbally, through writing, and other forms
  • Managing Performance - Drive and focus to achieve challenging goals
  • Collaboration and Networking - Ability to work in and across Afton's organizational matrix to achieve business goals through engaging interactions and influencing without authority
  • Project Management - Manage tasks and activities to achieve their completion within the agreed framework, across regional and organizational boundaries
  • Innovation – Ability and openness to develop, seek out, and critically assess new ideas and generate breakthrough solutions
  • Dealing with Uncertainty – Effectively manage through change or dynamic situations that requires understanding level of detail needed to solve a problem or make a decision

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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