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Compass Minerals America Inc. Chemist in Stilwell, Kansas


We invite you to Explore the Potential of being part of something Clearly Essential!

At Compass Minerals, we harvest, mine and produce essential minerals that deal with nature’s challenges, including – but not limited to – highway deicing salt for the winter months, water softening salt and plant nutrition that improves the quality and yield of crops. We transform Earth’s resources that ultimately help keep people safe, feed the world and enrich lives, every day.

With our company headquarters in Overland Park, KS, Compass Minerals operates in 27 locations throughout the United States, Canada, Brazil & the United Kingdom. We’re committed to creating an inclusive workplace where everyone’s voice matters. We believe in work that creates value for all stakeholders, encourages collaboration at all levels and focuses on a high-performance environment where employees are challenged to be their best.


This Research Chemist position is based at the Compass Minerals Innovation Center located in Stilwell, KS and has a central role in developing, synthesizing and formulating essential mineral based products for our customers and working with R&D, commercial and manufacturing teams to enable minerals from company’s core areas (Salt, Lithium and Potassium Mining) help enrich lives.

Essential Job Functions: Include but are not limited to the following:

(Management reserves the right to add or modify the duties and responsibilities at any time.)

  • Independently perform inorganic synthesis including crystallization & purification experiments and characterize them at small scale.

  • Perform fundamental research to develop next generation products to satisfy the needs of our customers.

  • Optimize the synthetic and formulation approaches to increase yield and make recommendations to improve production at scale.

  • Be a core contributor to an excellent R&D organization, tasked with identifying next generation products and support development of these products to commercialization.

  • Support product and process development of the salt, lithium and plant nutrition business units. Work in sync with a team of multidisciplinary scientists, to ensure that formulation development, screening and product engineering is suitable for the product concept being developed.

  • Work with product management to evaluate competitive products and customer needs to bring forward new product opportunities.

  • Interact with engineering/scale up groups to provide fundamental insight into engineering projects/issues.

  • Interact with quality and process engineering personnel to review trends and preempt problems.

  • Help develop new application technologies internally and with external collaborators to develop novel delivery methods for salt, lithium and plant nutrition and salt product pipelines.

  • Propose and lead new product or process ideas through the formulation and handling metrics of the Stage & Gate process.



To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

Education and/or Experience:

  • PhD in Chemistry, preferably Inorganic Chemistry with 0-3 years of experience.

  • Proficient in synthesis of inorganic compounds, crystallization and purification techniques.

  • Excellent track record on compliance with safety and regulatory requirements.

  • Experience with standard analytical and separation technology tools

  • Individual needs to have exemplary communication skills to enable successful sharing of knowledge, data and results across a multi-disciplinary team with diverse background.

  • Must be proficient in Windows, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Microsoft Project, and statistical packages.

  • Formulation experience with minerals & salts including collaborating with the scale-up and manufacturing team to develop formulas that meet the needs of customers will be considered a plus.

Physical Requirements: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • The employee may occasionally work in wet and/or humid conditions; with toxic or caustic chemicals and moderate heat. Compass makes employee safety a top priority and proper engineering controls will be put in place to mitigate any hazards. The noise level in the work environment may typically be moderate to loud. When and where required, all work environment exposures are reduced to acceptable occupational levels through the distribution and usage of personnel protective equipment.

Compass Minerals is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, or genetic information. Compass Minerals is committed to providing access, equal opportunity and reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities in employment, its services, programs, and activities. To request reasonable accommodation, contact 913-344-9200 or careers@compassminerals.com .

Job: Research and Development

Primary Location: US-KS-Stilwell

Work Locations: Stilwell, KS USA 17745 South Metcalf Avenue Building 2 Stilwell 66085

Organization: Commercial

Job Type: Full-time

Schedule: Regular

Shift: Standard

Day Job

Req ID: 21000069