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Chemist in DeWitt, IA at Illinois Tool Works

Date Posted: 6/10/2019

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Job Description

Magnaflux, a division of Illinois Tool Works (Fortune 250), is a leading worldwide supplier of magnetic particle, dye penetrant inspection equipment and associated chemical products used for applications within the Aerospace, Automotive, Oil & Gas and Energy markets.

With over 85 years in the industry, Magnaflux offers employees a competitive salary and comprehensive benefit package, including medical, dental and life insurance, 401(k) with immediate company match, and much more!

The Chemist will report to the Division R&D Manager and will be responsible for formulating and improving chemical products and processes by conducting research, analysis, synthesis and experimentation for the Non-Destructive Testing market and other industrial specialty use. This position is based in DeWitt, IA. 

Essential Job Responsibilities:

  • Develop new products to improve the company’s standing in target markets.  Formulate/reformulate products as needed.
  • Determine product specifications by studying consumer requirements; conferring with management and other appropriate staff. 
  • Provide procedures, specifications, and training to aid in the manufacture and testing of new products.
  • Provide technical support to company personnel and customers.
  • Evaluate competitive materials as a means of assessing comparative advantages and disadvantages of the current product line.
  • Evaluate and specify new or alternate raw materials for new and existing products.
  • Evaluate “greener” or more environmentally friendly opportunities for existing products.
  • Manage internal non-conformances such as batch or raw material deficiencies.
  • Maintain organization’s stability and reputation by complying with government regulations.  Incorporate necessary measures to meet regulatory requirements into product and process development.
  • Additional duties and tasks as assigned.

Job Requirements


  • Bachelor’s degree required in chemistry, chemical engineering or biology and up to 3 years relevant work experience. Previous internship and industrial lab experience required. Experience in NDT or industrial chemistry preferred.
  • Must be proficient in MS Office Suite.
  • Familiarity with oils, petroleum products, surfactants, cleaners, and other industrial chemicals.
  • Familiarity with analytical methods and other instrumentation.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills. Able to interface and provide guidance to other personnel in the organization as well as provide technical support to customers.
  • Sufficient math skills and able to handle mathematical calculations when requested.
  • Strong attention to detail and organizational skills with the ability to manage multiple priorities independently.
  • Ability to formulate experiments and research projects independently and clearly explain outcomes, failures, and discrepancies.
  • Minimal travel required.

ITW Test & Measurement and Electronics
ITW’s Test & Measurement business provides specialized test and measurement solutions with leading technology to a diverse set of customers operating in highly regulated, demanding environments. Strong brand positions, technological expertise, and market knowledge enable ITW to provide value-added testing and measuring equipment with service and aftermarket capabilities that customers value.
ITW’s Electronics business provides manufacturing and maintenance, repair, and operations (MRO) solutions that serve the semiconductor, industrial, life sciences, and automotive industries among others. Strong brands deliver quality performance and products that improve customers’ accuracy and speed to market.

ITW is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law. 

If you are a qualified individual with a disability and are unable or limited in your ability to use or access the online application system process due to your disability, please visit our website for more information on how to apply.