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Senior Applications Scientist, XRF (The Woodlands, TX)

Rigaku Americas Corporation, a leading worldwide supplier of analytical X‐Ray instrumentation, is seeking a Senior XRF Applications Scientist for our Applications Laboratory in The Woodlands, Texas. 

The ideal candidate will:

  • Independently develop, validate, execute, and communicate XRF analytical method details for a variety of materials and matrices, to guide customers to meet various analytical goals, across key industries.
  • Record, evaluate, interpret, and summarize technical data in reports, memos, and other documents.
  • Perform demonstrations of Rigaku X‐Ray Fluorescence equipment, train new users, and support existing users.
  • Build rapport with customers quickly and confidently, assisting them with questions and concerns.
  • Have experience teaching, mentoring, and guiding others.


  • Strong analytical chemistry experience
  • Ability to think critically and problem‐solve on the spot
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to prioritize various workstreams concurrently
  • Strong customer‐centric mindset
  • Ability to respond to customer requests with a sense of urgency
  • Must qualify to obtain or possess a passport
  • Must be able to legally work in the United States without sponsorship
  • Fluency in Portuguese and/or Spanish is a plus
  • M.S. or Ph.D. in Chemistry, Physics, Materials Science, Engineering, or a related field is preferred but not required


  • Technical sales support and methods development for Rigaku's North and South American customer base.
  • Demonstrate the use and application of both WDXRF and EDXRF instrumentation at customer sites and remotely.
  • Address applications questions for potential and existing XRF customers.
  • Prepare various materials using a variety of analytical methods for analysis, including but not limited to, fine powders, pressed pellets, liquids, and other solids.
  • Document activities, processes, and results in an organized and logical fashion.
  • Produce materials for and host internal and external trainings relating to XRF methods and experimental techniques.
  • Work collaboratively with Sales, Marketing, Service, and Business Development Teams.
  • Ensure customer satisfaction throughout all stages of the pre‐sales & post‐sales processes.
  • Understand and comply with good laboratory practices, Standard Operating Procedures, and other company policies and procedures.
  • Travel approximately 20% of the time with some overnight stays to visit, train, and support customers.

Must be able to meet minimum qualifications to apply.

Rigaku offers a rewarding work environment and excellent benefits. All applicants are kept in strict confidence. Benefits package including Health, Dental, Vision, STD, LTD, Life insurance, section 125 flexible spending accounts, 401(k) plan and more. Rigaku is an EEO/AA Employer Disabled/Veteran. Applicants must be able to prove they can legally work in the US.