Research Scientist - Coatings Technology

Fontana, CA, US, 92337

James Hardie Building Products Inc. is the North American leader in fiber cement home siding and exterior design solutions. Hardie® products offer long lasting beauty and endless design possibilities with trusted protection and low maintenance. The company pioneered modern fiber cement building products and continues to invest in innovation to transform the industry. James Hardie is a high-performance organization, with an unwavering commitment to Zero Harm. The company proudly employs a diverse workforce of over 3,000 employees across operations in North America.

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James Hardie is the world’s #1 producer and marketer of high-performance fiber cement and fiber gypsum building solutions. We employ a diverse global workforce of over 5,000 employees across operations in North America, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and the Philippines, and generated more than $2.9 billion in net sales during our 2021 financial year.  We believe that home is a sanctuary and a canvas for self-expression without compromise. As the trusted innovator and industry leader in the markets where we operate, James Hardie empowers homeowners and building professionals alike to achieve their dream home with premium, quality solutions that enable endless possibilities for design and aesthetics, while also delivering trusted protection and long-lasting beauty.


Our Global R&D (Research & Development) teams are focused on market driven innovation to deliver high impact new products that enable future growth. Our teams supply a continuous pipeline of innovative new products and technologies, while leveraging James Hardie’s core value propositions of durability and low maintenance. Our role is to act as the technology pipeline for the global organization and ensure long-term performance of our products in current and future markets.


As the Research Scientist....


The Research Scientist will be responsible for the execution of projects and will work with cross-functional teams to develop next generation coating technologies, from concept development, feasibility study and technology/product development, delivering new product innovation to the market.


Desired expertise and knowledge areas will be in coating technologies – including thermal and radiation curing. This position will report to the Director of Materials Technology and due to involvement of the generation of new technologies, the successful candidate will have a highly visible position in the organization.


What You'll Do:


Key Responsibilities

  • Developing coating capabilities for James Hardie
  • Implementing realistic project plans and motivating the team to effectively accomplish project goals.
  • Leading paint formulation and development of new and improved products through the research and development stage under supervision of the senior scientists or managers
  • Supporting coating technology development from concepts to commercialization
  • Embracing an innovative and agile working environment to support cross-functional collaboration


What You'll Bring:


Education & Experience

  • At minimum a bachelor’s degree in chemistry or engineering (coating science/engineering, polymer science/engineering, chemical engineering, or materials sciences)
  • 3+ years of experience in the field of R&D, innovation, and products


Other Skills

  • Extensive knowledge with paint formulations and processes, as well as thermal cured, radiation cured and other coating curing technologies, is preferred.
  • Paint formulation and color science/technology background and experience is preferred
  • Working with technical experts to develop coatings technology from concepts through to product development.


What You'll Receive:


At James Hardie, we recognize that our success depends on our people. We've worked hard to build a generous and competitive benefits program that demonstrates our commitment to our employees.  

  • Comprehensive low-cost co-pay Health Insurance; medical, dental, prescription, and vision insurance benefits for every 30+ hour full-time employee. Insurance starts on day one! 

  • 401(k) Retirement plan that will match 100% of employees saved dollars up to the first 6% of your salary 

  • Paid holidays, paid vacation including Jury Duty and bereavement leave 

  • Wellness Program 

  • Employee Assistance Program  

  • Parental Leave 


Salary + Bonus:  The expected pay range for this position is between $75,000 and $91,500. Actual pay will be adjusted based on experience, markns, and other job-related factors permitted by law. This position qualifies for benefits which may also include a discretionary bonus.




James Hardie Building Products Inc. is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, gender, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, genetic information, veteran's status, marital status, pregnancy, disability, or any other basis protected by law.

Nearest Major Market: Fontana
Nearest Secondary Market: Los Angeles

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