Polymer Modified Asphalt Engineer/Scientist


alsip, il


The Polymer Modified Asphalt (PMA) Engineer/Scientist is a critical to the growth of the Owens Corning Roofing and Asphalt Business, particularly for the new Duration Flex Impact Resistant Shingles product portfolio and other polymer modified asphalt solutions for roofing applications. This role is responsible for delivering supply security and enabling technologies through PMA formulation development by integrating strong material science and material characterization fundamentals to shingle product performance in polymer modified asphalt applications. The work will include formulation optimization, lab testing and rapid prototyping, pilot and plant manufacturing trials, data collection and analysis, and cross-functional project management.

The position will be located at Owens Corning's Asphalt Test Lab in our Summit, IL location with intermittent travel to our main Science & Technology center located in Granville, Ohio. The PMA Engineer/Scientist will work closely with our including the Asphalt Innovation Team, Asphalt Test Labs, Shingle Product and Process Development, Asphalt and Shingle Operations, and Sourcing. Owens Corning's Roofing & Asphalt division is approximately a $2 billion business operating asphalt and roofing manufacturing locations across the United States and globally.

Join an organization that believes that every employee owns a piece of our bold growth goals and ultimate success. We are a market-leading innovator that has earned a place on the Fortune 500® for 66 consecutive years. Owens Corning is devoted to delivering sustainable solutions across our three business segments while striving to ensure our people and products make the world a better place. We take pride in having an inclusive and diverse workplace with employees around the globe. A holistic sense of community exists across our entire organization as our talent grows globally. We are a company that fully recognizes the importance of paving a path to a sustainable and safe enterprise through investing in our people. Our desire to make an impactful difference in the world flows from top down to all levels of the organization. By being a company that instills pride within every employee, we aspire to build market-leading businesses; global in scope - human in scale.

Reports to: Summit S&T Leader. Dotted line to Program Leader, Modified Asphalt Innovation

Span of Control: Individual contributor who works across the Roofing and Asphalt business, with focus on Residential Roofing Shingle Innovation


Demonstrate a Commitment to Safety
  • Commit to our safety stand: all accidents are preventable; safety is everyone's responsibility and working safely is a condition of employment
  • Identify and correct safety hazards in the workplace and improve the safety of our processes through Design Hazard Eliminations (DHEs)
  • Actively participate in regular safety meetings, training and huddles
  • Ensure rigorous compliance to standard safety procedures and OC corporate policies

Development of Formulation Science and Technology (60%)
  • Optimize our formulation technology and science capability by leveraging performance-based methodologies and materials science background using rheology, microscopy and other relevant material characterization methods
  • Collaborate with operations and sourcing to ensure supply security of raw material for our PMA shingle products to mitigate supply chain management risks
  • Execute on the Fitness for Use Criteria (FFU) framework which accelerates the product development process
  • Support the development of more defined scale-up and mimic test to ensure end-product baseline and differentiated performance requirements are obtained

Product and Production Optimization (40%)
  • Support ongoing needs of the business as we grow our position in the roofing business
  • Participate on project teams in the optimization of new shingle products, processes, and supply chain to ensure sustainable solutions
  • Work on scale-up and production trials to ensure that the laboratory properties are translated into the production process and finished product
  • Provide technical leadership during the scale-up process and plant trials and provide oversight on all third-party operations
  • Work with the Product Innovation team to support the customer defined needs and incorporate them into new product and material compositions


  • Bachelor's degree or higher in chemical engineering, material science, analytical chemistry, chemistry, polymer or macromolecular science, or similar
  • 2 years of demonstrated effective project management on technical or product optimization projects in collaboration across multiple stakeholders
  • Up to 15% travel needed to support project work. Project work is typically planned and scheduled in advance.
  • Excellent verbal and non-verbal communication skills to effectively translate data to multifunctional audiences to provide project direction

  • Experience in polymers or polymer modified asphalt-related industry
  • Experience in bench top work or manufacturing which can include graduate level work
  • Experience in material characterization, preferably within rheology, microscopy, thermal/chemical analysis
  • Innovative mindset and the agility to adapt to and mitigate risks in an ever-changing business


About Owens Corning

Owens Corning is a global building and industrial materials leader. The company's three integrated businesses are dedicated to the manufacture and advancement of a broad range of insulation, roofing and fiberglass composite materials. Leveraging the talents of 19,000 employees in 33 countries, Owens Corning provides innovative products and sustainable solutions that address energy efficiency, product safety, renewable energy, durable infrastructure, and labor productivity. These solutions provide a material difference to the company's customers and make the world a better place. Based in Toledo, Ohio, USA, the company posted 2020 sales of $7.1 billion. Founded in 1938, it has been a Fortune 500® company for 66 consecutive years. For more information, please visit www.owenscorning.com.

Owens Corning is an equal opportunity employer.

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