Chemical Engineer
MSA, The Safety Company - Township of Cranberry, PA

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Description of duties and responsibilities:

This position reports to the Manager, Materials Science/Chemical Research. The candidate’s primary responsibility is the development or selection, and qualification of activated carbon-based sorbents, catalysts, and filtration media for the removal of toxic airborne contaminants.

Specific responsibilities include:

  • Working with cross-functional, new product development teams to establish the design, performance and cost requirements of air-purifying elements used in respirators.
  • Working with industry-related/government agencies in the development of respiratory protection standards.
  • Establishing and implementing test programs that will demonstrate that the correct sorbent(s), catalyst(s) and/or filtration media have been selected for an air-purifying application.
  • Developing safe, reliable methods to generate and detect toxic gas/vapor atmospheres (for the testing of respirator cartridges and gas mask canisters).
  • Identifying areas within the current product line that can be improved to give greater service life performance.
  • Supporting manufacturing in the resolution of sorbent, catalyst and filtration media issues associated with current products.
  • Keeping appraised of innovative air-purification technologies by tracking technical journals, attending conferences, and networking with experts in air-purification.
  • Developing analytical models which predict the adsorption and catalytic performance of air-purifying respirators.
  • When necessary, performing analytical/instrumental analysis of non-sorbent related materials, e.g., polymerics, metallic, etc., used in other MSA product areas.
  • Expected travel is a maximum of 10%.

  • Special knowledge, skills and abilities required:

    · Fundamental knowledge of solid-gas phase reactions, and the mechanisms of air filtration.

    · Demonstrated knowledge in the performance of activated carbon sorbents, catalysts and particulate filtration media.

    · Experience with analytical tools such as IR, GC, GC-MS, and wet chemistry techniques.

    · Knowledge of OSHA and NIOSH regulations, and ASTM procedures.

    · Awareness of techniques such as Design of Experiments, DFSS, and various methods of instrumental analysis (FTIR, GC-MS, SEM, EDS, etc.)

    · Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects.

    · Strong written and oral communication skills.

    Education and experience required:

    · A Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Engineering or Chemistry.

    · Two or more years of “hands-on” experience with the selection, analysis and use of sorbents and catalysts, and with various instrumental analysis techniques.

    · This position is available at two different career levels depending on experience, education, etc:

    o Level one: Three + years of relevant academic/industry experience required

    o Level two: Five years of relevant academic/industry experience required

    o MS degree may be substituted for up to 2 years of relevant experience, PhD equivalent to 4 years.


    · Ph.D. Chemical Engineering or Chemistry

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