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Richmond, Virginia


a month ago

Career Level

Entry Level

College Degree

Associate's Degree


WestRock (NYSE:WRK) partners with our customers to provide differentiated paper and packaging solutions that help them win in the marketplace. WestRock’s team members support customers around the world from locations spanning North America, South America, Europe, Asia and Australia. Learn more at www.westrock.com.


501 South 5th St
Richmond, Virginia, 23219-0501
United States

Job Summary:  

Reporting to the R&D Manager, the R&D researcher will perform a variety of qualitative and quantitative testing and help with trial work in support of innovation projects relating to the strategic plan of WestRock business.  We develop a variety of processes used to produce paperboard-based substrates that are used in packaging applications by WestRock’s customers.  The work is innovation-intense and requires a high level of creativity. The successful candidate can expect to tackle a variety of challenging tasks and opportunities to advance sustainable packaging efforts.


Major Job Responsibilities:

·  Operate and calibrate equipment.

·  Create prototype materials and collect, compile and analyze data using simple statistical tools.

·  Actively participate in planning, performing, analyzing, and documenting testing and pilot trials at our facilities and plant locations, including testing and sampling at customer facilities to support R&D projects from concept to commercialization.

·  Lead fit-for-use and customer properties requirement testing to solve technical problems.

·  Learn new test methods to expand materials science and technology innovation capabilities.

·  Work with R&D scientists and other cross-functional teams on strategic projects for product development to address unmet customer needs.

·  Safety is paramount to WestRock, a focus on safe work practices will be required.  Report safety concerns to management for continuous improvement.


Critical Skills / Capabilities:

·  Strong technical background and a proven ability to complete tasks on a project without close supervision. 

·  Knowledge of papermaking and paperboard products, including material testing, strongly preferred.

·  Strong teamwork skills, including ability to contribute to cross functional teams.

·  Excellent communication skills.

·  Ability to generate draft technical reports for review with management.

·  High degree of mechanical aptitude

·  Computer skills to include proficiency with spreadsheets and graphing.

·  Ability to contribute in a lab, pilot plant and production environment.

·  Ability to lift and carry samples routinely weighing 50 pounds.

·  Travel up to 25%

Technical Skills:

·  PC skills; Preferred i.e. MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Standard Statistical Lab Tools.



·  2 to 3 years of experience in a laboratory setting, preferred.

·  Paper and packaging industry experience is highly preferred and significant experience may be taken in lieu of degree.



·  Associates Degree with 2 to 5 years relevant experience or BA/BS in science, engineering, technology, or materials science discipline