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Avery Dennison Senior Analytical Chemist, Surface Scientist in Mentor, Ohio

Company Description

Avery Dennison was built to make a difference. Our founder, Stan Avery, believed that a purposeful company could be both a profitable enterprise and a force for good. In 1935, Stan invented the world’s first self-adhesive label as a way to merchandise objects. What he invented is what we know today as stickers! 

Since then, Avery Dennison has grown to a Fortune 500 global company that continues to develop innovative materials. Our labels and packaging business creates materials that you see everyday from wine and spirits, online shopping packages, pharmaceuticals and home care products. On any given day, hundreds of millions of people are touched by a product, process, or experience made possible by the things we make. We’re making a difference by delivering innovations that advance the circular economy, reducing our environmental impact, and being a force for good, making valuable contributions for all our collaborators.

Apply to be part of our talented team and build your future with us. 

Job Description

Avery Dennison is looking for an analytical chemist with experience in surface science techniques and demonstrated strength particularly in AFM, XPS and microscopy. The position will be with the Materials Science and Characterization (MSC) Group, which primarily supports R&D activities at Avery Dennison’s Mentor, OH location, chartered to provide fundamental mechanistic understanding and predictive insights into materials and processes with an emphasis on polymeric materials, materials engineering, advanced materials characterization support and resolve technical problems from long term projects to urgent manufacturing and quality issues stemming from across Avery Dennison’s global operations. Astute problem solving by expertly “hyphenating” sound materials characterization to driving insights and applications along with pertinent data analytics (e.g. Chemometrics) are most preferable traits we are seeking.


  • Conduct analyses using Surface Science techniques (AFM, AFM-IR, XPS, SEM, XRF, profilometry, CLSM, Contact angle etc.) to solve challenging problems in the fields of chemistry, materials science, and engineering that are important to Avery Dennison. The main focus will be to characterize and investigate polymeric materials within a highly multidisciplinary approach to problem solving.

  • Be the subject matter expert in surface science and microscopy techniques as it relates to soft matter films including adhesives, multi-layered films and laminates, phase separated and nanocomposite, topcoats, static and dynamic contact angle and surface energy determination.

  • Interpret data, write technical reports, maintain careful documentation LIMS/ELN and communicate analytical results with MSC and divisional scientists in a high-quality, professional, and timely manner.

  • Develop and validate standard operating procedures (SOPs)  for both routine and non-routine analysis, help identify trends and solve problems at the elemental level using sound fundamentals and creativity.

  • Adeptly troubleshoot & maintain and coordinate existing Surface Science instruments and take ownership to oversee laboratory practices. Seek out and evaluate new characterization tools and approaches to support new product development and cogent problem-solving needs.

  • Develop and maintain external academic relationships to access key unique measurement tools.

  • Direct and mentor junior staff in daily tasks to meet project needs, efficiently prioritize and deploy self and other resources.

  • Inventory and order materials to maintain lab supplies in conjunction with other lab staff.

  • Provide and maintain a safe work environment by participating in safety programs, committees, or teams and by conducting laboratory and pilot plant safety audits.



  • Ph.D. in Chemistry, Polymer Science, Materials Science or a related discipline.

  • 1-2 years of related industrial research.

  • Demonstrated expertise in Surface science techniques (SEM, XRF, AFM, AFM-IR, XPS, CLSM and profilometry) including maintenance and troubleshooting of instrumentation.

  • Strong preference given to individuals who have experience characterizing polymeric materials and broad experience across different characterization tools in an industrial research environment.

  • Effective written and oral communications. Ability to work across functional groups and divisions.

  • Background in advanced surface science techniques including AFM-IR, AFM-DMA, XRF, XPS highly desirable. 

  • Background in LIMS / ELN / SDMS / Knowledge Management systems.

  • Demonstrated ability to think critically and solve problems using the above mentioned disciplines and techniques.

  • High level of motivation, initiative, and energy.

  • Ability to work independently as well as in a team.

  • Ability to interact effectively with both internal and external customers.


  • Knowledge of polymers/coatings and techniques to characterize as well as a good breadth in general, organic, and polymer chemistry principles and practices.

  • Good computer skills; experience with Chromatography data systems and LIMS.

  • Additional background in vibrational spectroscopy.

  • Knowledge of using morphological tools to differentiate polymer blend immiscibility.

  • Prior experience with people management.


Additional Information

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All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, protected veteran status or other protected status. EEOE/M/F/Vet/Disabled