Explore our career possibilities Research & Innovation

  Research and Innovation

Research & Innovation is at the heart of the Solvay's growth strategy.

Over 2,350* people are currently carrying out innovative research at our labs in Brazil, China, France, and the United States.

Becoming a researcher at Solvay means joining a cross-disciplinary, multicultural community united by its members' passion for:

  • designing innovative, effective products and processes that meet customer needs as closely as possible

  • inventing the future of chemistry through groundbreaking research taking into account environmental and societal issues for "responsible" chemistry


* Proforma 2015 figures including Cytec (unaudited)


We are looking for men and women with a general and/or scientific background (e.g. scientists, chemical engineers, holders of master's degrees or PhDs, post-docs) in the following fields:

Research and Innovation

Application scientists

Your missions: 
  • You are in charge of a research project on products or processes
  • You find innovative, cost-effective solutions while respecting deadlines
  • You work on a project team: you may coordinate the work of technicians or supervise off-site co-workers (e.g. Ph.D. students, subcontracted equipment providers)
  • You manage certain cross-departmental activities of your entity (such as safety, quality, science monitoring and lab investment)

Your academic background:
  • Engineering school or university degree in chemistry and thesis

Process Development Engineer in R&I

Your missions: 
  • You study the steps of a process while keeping a holistic view of it
  • You propose new technologies to test in order to increase the competitiveness of the process
  • You use experiments or simulation to study the extrapolation of a facility, and you take part in its industrial start-up

Your academic background:
  • Engineering school and thesis

Analytical scientists

Your missions: 
  • You research and define which analysis method is appropriate for each request, and you determine the preparation procedures and conditions of samples 
  • You plan, carry out and reproduce analyses with a team of technicians
  • You update his/her knowledge via bibliographical research

Your academic background:
  • Engineering school or university degree in chemistry and thesis

Tech-services scientists

Your missions:
  • You provide technical assistance to customers, analyze and resolve their technical problems
  • You help develop existing products and promote new products
  • You identify new areas for development in conjunction with the marketing and business teams
  • You establish and maintain close working relationships with customers, particularly with key accounts
  • You support and train the sales teams

Your academic background:
  • Engineering school or university degree in chemistry and thesis