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Senior Research Chemist


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Ready to explore, break barriers, and discover more? We know you’ve got big plans – so do we! Our colleagues across the globe love innovating with science and technology to enrich people’s lives with our solutions in Healthcare, Life Science, and Electronics. Together, we dream big and are passionate about caring for our rich mix of people, customers, patients, and planet. That's why we are always looking for curious minds that see themselves imagining the unimaginable with us.


Everything we do in Electronics is to help us deliver on our purpose of being the company behind the companies, advancing digital living. We are dedicated to being the trusted supplier of high-tech materials, services and specialty chemicals for the electronics, automotive and cosmetics industries. We foster a global collaborative organization made up of individuals who have the passion to win, obsess about the customer, are relentlessly curious and act with urgency. Together, we push the boundaries of science to make more possible for our customers.


       We are currently seeking a Senior Research Chemist for our Planarization Research and Development department at Merck. You will be involved in contributing to the development of advanced CMP Polishing Slurries that are used in the production of cutting-edge semiconductor devices.



  • Conducting research and development of CMP slurry formulations.
  • Collaborating with lab chemists to design and execute experiments, evaluating slurry performance on wafer surfaces.
  • Advancing fundamental research to understand the relationship between particles, additives, and surface properties during the polishing process.
  • Collaborating with applications, marketing, and commercial teams to develop high-value-added products for semiconductor manufacturing.
  • Collecting, analyzing, and presenting data using rigorous data analysis techniques and modern visualization methods.
  • Participating in external meetings to promote slurry design, present results, and discuss continuous improvement plans.
  • Documenting and presenting research results, as well as filing patents for intellectual property development.



  • A Ph.D. in Chemistry, Material Science, Chemical Engineering, or a related field.
  • Over 3 years of experience in CMP formulation or formulation research or a related field.
  • Proficiency in formulations, surfactants, polymers, colloidal chemistry, and electrochemistry.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in Mandarin and English.
  • Experience in customer engagement.
  • Strong interpersonal skills to contribute to a diverse team environment.
  • Hands-on experience with wet chemistry and the ability to provide coaching.
  • Knowledge of statistical design of experiments and statistical software.
  • A strong technical background in the semiconductor industry.

What we offer: We are curious minds that come from a broad range of backgrounds, perspectives, and life experiences. We celebrate all dimensions of diversity and believe that it drives excellence and innovation, strengthening our ability to lead in science and technology. We are committed to creating access and opportunities for all to develop and grow at your own pace. Join us in building a culture of inclusion and belonging that impacts millions and empowers everyone to work their magic and champion human progress!
Apply now and become a part of our diverse team!


Job Requisition ID:  271262
Location:  Hsinchu
Career Level:  D - Professional (4-9 years)
Working time model:  full-time

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