Research Intern - Industrial Postdoc
USG - Libertyville, IL

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The Company

USG is North America's leading producer of building materials, which include gypsum wallboard, cement boards, joint compound, and a vast array of related products. We are also the global leader in the manufacture of ceiling suspension systems and are recognized as the premier acoustical panel and specialty ceiling systems innovator. Our family of products provides creative building solutions that set new standards for productivity and efficiency, helping contractors and architects deliver high quality and innovative designs. USG Corporate Innovation Center is located in Libertyville, IL, 40 miles NW of Chicago.

The Position

Reporting to the Lab Director, the Interfacial Chemist is responsible for the design, execution and implementation of projects focused on novel interfacial technologies for a range of building materials. Duties include fundamental research on solid/liquid/air interfacial interactions and science, formulation and new product development, analytical functions as well as providing assistance to manufacturing for new product opportunities. Skills and experience in cross-functional team environments are desired.

The ideal candidate will:
Be passionate about developing technology and products that are the highest quality in their class

Be energized by working for a world-class manufacturer and collaborating on cross-functional teams

Recognize the importance of building and maintaining strong interpersonal relationships

Key Responsibilities

Developing foundational knowledge in the area of solid/liquid/air interactions

Applying molecular understanding of interfacial interactions as it pertains to applications such as foaming, solid particle interactions, and solid-liquid interactions

Collaborating with existing and emerging businesses on new-product development activities

Maintaining external awareness of technology developments relevant to interfacial chemistry technologies

Plans and executes laboratory and pilot plant research projects.

Plans and interacts with laboratory personnel and cross-functional groups engaged in development projects.

Supports the transfer of technology from laboratory and pilot scale to commercial scale.

Writes or assists in writing and submission of patent applications.


Advanced degree (Ph.D.) in surface chemistry, polymer science, or similar disciplines

Strong theoretical and experimental background in solid/liquid interfacial interactions

An understanding of adsorption, desorption, surface charge, and other important interfacial phenomena

Experience in industrial research environment and applied product development is desired

Statistical data analysis and experimental design skills are also desired

Strong problem-solving skills and proven project management skills

Exceptional written and verbal communication skills, including report writing



Primary Location

United States-Illinois-Libertyville


Research-CIC.Gypsum Panels-151-13



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USG Corporation (USG), through its subsidiaries, is a manufacturer and distributor of building materials, producing a range of products for...