Engineer in Laboratory

R&D  |  Engineering  |  Quality

SILICONE TECHNOLOGY PLATFORM LEADER – LIFE SCIENCES

(NORTHBORO, MA)

 

OVERVIEW

Company is looking for a Silicone Technology Platform Leader to join their growing team. Company is a world leader in developing innovative, high-performance solutions through their exceptional experience in materials science and processing. They are searching for an experienced, hands-on leader to investigate, research, and develop new silicone formulations and products that strengthen the portfolio in their Medical Components business unit and lead the Silicone Technology Platform at the higher Life Sciences business level. The new team member will have the opportunity to leverage their materials expertise to create these new silicone formulations and lead their projects from the initial stages of conceptualization, prototyping and experimental testing, to the implementation in manufacturing.

 

As a Silicone Technology Platform Leader, the selected candidate will be expected to lead R&D projects through effective collaboration with R&D colleagues, commercial team members, application engineers, external customers, and external suppliers. The candidate will create and execute project plans, design and conduct experiments, analyze data, and present findings in written and oral formats. Candidate is also expected to utilize one’s experience and technical research to play a role in proposing projects vital to the Life Science’s R&D direction within silicone materials and products.

 

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Utilizes strong research and/or project experiences and broad expertise in silicone materials, formulating, and process techniques to improve on/or develop new products in the medical and other life sciences markets

  • Lead the Silicone Technology Platform to identify/drive silicone material technology initiatives, which impact multiple businesses within Life Sciences, through strong technical knowledge and leadership skills

  • Manage projects from inception through scale-up.  Manage multiple projects simultaneously, on time, well documented and within budget to meet business and customer objectives.  Is able to balance creativity with process and documentation

  • Excellent communicator who is able to communicate technically with internal/external collaborators and utilize knowledge to identify solutions, advance projects and identify productive synergies

  • Maintain open and collaborative approach in all areas of responsibility.  Seek out others to enhance and streamline development and decision making

  • Continuously and reliably carries projects through to completion with little assistance from supervisor

  • Able to communicate and use business language in an industrial environment and coordinate with plant operations

  • Understand Gate methodology and change/design control methodology and incorporates it in research projects

  • Incumbent is familiar with patent activities in his/her area of expertise and develops patentable concepts

  • Define the associated tasks and milestones for research and proposes the technical approach, cost estimates, and time schedule.  Upon approval, incumbent is responsible for equipment purchases, prototype development, supervision of project team and compilation of results and recommendations

  • Stay aware of new technology and competitive uses of technology in work with materials, products, and processes. Utilize this knowledge to play a role in proposing projects and programs vital to the Life Sciences business direction within silicone materials


REQUIREMENTS

  • BS Degree with a minimum of 12+ years’ experience, or MS with 7+ years of experience, or Ph.D. with 3+ years in Chemistry, Material Science/Engineering, or other related disciplines plus demonstrated technical judgment/accomplishments

  • Demonstrated skills/knowledge in silicone polymer chemistry and/or formulation

  • Confident, independently-motivated self-starter

  • Demonstrated aptitude to quickly understand new concepts and technology and apply them

  • Demonstrated project management skills, team collaboration, and oral, written and visual communication skills

  • Ability to network/communicate within and out of group, as well as across disciplines

  • Respectful communication and ability to collaborate in a team environment required

  • Ability to maintain composure and organize teams in high pressure situations

  • Must possess a body of technical work commensurate with their years of experience including but not limited to: demonstration of hands-on new product and/or process development, familiarity with statistical tools, data analysis, and drawing conclusions based on a collection of basic data and interpretation  

  • Demonstrate adequate knowledge in HSE

 

SR. AUTOMATION ENGINEER - CHEMICAL MANUFACTURING

(WOODSTOCK, CT)

 

OVERVIEW

Global leading manufacturer of engineered materials that develops innovative specialty materials/components that enable technology in a wide array of high-growth markets has immediate need!

 

Company is seeking a Sr. Automation Engineer to provide electronic engineering and software programming for manufacturing process automation, test automation, and enterprise-wise computer system integration.

 

KEYS FOR SUCCESS IN THIS ROLE

 

  • PLC programming experience

  • Ability to read electrical prints/schematics

  • Manufacturing background – create your own electrical prints

  • Project management experience

  • Strong Mechanical aptitude / mechanical background preferred

  • Experience with Allen Bradley control systems with AVEVA system platform 2020 R2

  • Ability to support multiple Northeast sites – most sites are 24/7 operations

  • Must be a US Citizen or Permanent Resident

 

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Propose/develop/implement technical solutions to support enterprise-wide computer systems integration 

  • Provide technical leadership in computer and electronic systems engineering

  • Provide mentoring to systems engineers and assistants 

  • Develop/maintain human-machine interface (HMI) software for manufacturing process automation and test automation

  • Develop/maintain programmable logic controller (PLC) software for manufacturing process control 

  • Design electronic control circuitry; document designs and oversee wiring 

  • Evaluate/specify electronic sensors for manufacturing process data acquisition; oversee sensor installation and startup

  • May supervise entry-level systems engineers or technicians

 

REQUIREMENTS

  • BSME equivalent.  MSME a valued plus. 5+ years’ relevant automation engineering experience 

  • Demonstrated knowledge of motors, drives and PLCs 

  • Demonstrated knowledge of computer software and systems 

  • Experience with industrial process sensors and controls 

  • Strong PLC ladder logic software programming experience 

RESEARCH ENGINEER II – SPM SHINGLE

(PHILADELPHIA, PA)

 

OVERVIEW

Global leading manufacturer of sustainable exterior & interior building products has this key, immediate need within their roofing shingles Business Unit!

 

Company needs a driven/talented/energetic Research Engineer to join their Process & Products Design Team in conducting hands-on laboratory experiments for key development projects. Focus on process & product development and shingle scale-up activities related to roofing product lines.  Research Engineer will research/develop new technologies to improve processes/products within our business.  Phases of development include pilot, scale-up, and implementation of R&D processes into manufacturing. Will take project objectives and transform them in to actionable tasks including research of technologies, design/execution of experimentation, analysis of results, generation of IP and technical reports.

 

Position will have a focus on research and development in all aspects of the group’s technical area and new product development, thereby building technical depth in multiple areas. Under the direction of the group leader, the candidate will also design, run experiments, produce lab scale samples, operate pilot equipment, and analyze the experimental outcomes. In addition to designing experiments for the candidate’s primary projects, the candidate will be expected to conduct experiments to support projects led by others.

 

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Utilize sound technical knowledge of materials/processes/techniques/products to improve on product performance to reduce costs/maximize production/and support new knowledge research

  • Manage/document projects effectively under minimal supervision by a technical leader 

  • Demonstrate open and collaborative approach in all areas of responsibility 

  • Seek out others to enhance and streamline development and decision making

  • Able to develop/manage the development of lab projects related to new tests pertinent to the goals and direction of the group

  • Understand Gate Process methodology/ideology and utilizes and incorporates it in research projects

 

REQUIREMENTS

  • BS Degree in Chemical Engineering, with a minimum of 3+ years’ experience. MS degree a valued +

  • 3+ years of hands-on experience with manufacturing processes/equipment and scale-up (including a solid understanding of scale-up rates per minute) in an industrial or research setting

  • Must possess a body of technical work commensurate with their years of experience including but not limited to: demonstration of familiarity with fluid dynamics, statistical tools, data analysis, and drawing conclusions based on a collection of basic data and interpretation

  • Must be a true project leader who demonstrate initiative, understands root cause analysis and can prevent issues before they occur 

  • Incumbent analyzes/reports results using statistical tools and analytical data of medium complexity

  • Demonstrated good knowledge in HSE and understanding of company policies/corporate structure

 

INNOVATIONS CHEMIST – HEALTHCARE

(YORK, SC)

 

OVERVIEW

One of the world’s leading fully integrated silicone suppliers, operating 13 multi-functional manufacturing sites and 13 R&D centers around the globe, with 3,500 employees, has this immediate need.  The Company offers a full range of silicone technologies for diverse specialty markets including aerospace, automotive, construction, consumer goods, energy, healthcare, paper, personal care and textiles.

 

Incumbent will be responsible for developing/evaluating silicone materials to meet Customer and Market needs focused on managing complex product developments and associated commercialization projects.

 

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • The responsibilities associated with commercialization projects include leading cross-functional teams and facilitating cross-region collaboration depending on the scope of the project

  • Incumbent will conduct studies and carry out trials for research, development and continuous reliability of the products and formulations

  • Primary technical responsibilities will be to formulate silicone-based elastomers and adhesives and applying structure / property relationships to control adhesion and reinforcement properties

  • Key markets for this technology include medical devices, wound & scar care, orthotics & prosthetics, long term implantable, drug delivery etc.

  • Key activities will include physical and chemical testing, facilitating trials including analysis of statistical data, project management and safety

 

REQUIREMENTS

  • BS in Chemistry, Polymer or other Physical discipline, or related chemical experience

  • Minimum of 5 years of experience working in silicone technologies, specifically with demonstrated understanding of fundamental structure-property relationships of silicone filler interactions, filler treatments and adhesion properties

  • Effective written, oral and listening communication skills with all levels of the organization.

  • Solid interpersonal skills and ability to use these skills to develop working relationships with global internal and external customers

  • Ability to multitask and manage projects.

  • Must have proven project management experience

  • Proficient knowledge of Microsoft Office Software applications

  • Basic understanding of Regulatory Affairs related to business applications

 

TECHNICAL SERVICE REPRESENTATIVES – HEALTHCARE (2 POSITIONS)

(CAMARILLO, CA & YORK, SC)

 

OVERVIEW

One of the world’s leading fully integrated silicone suppliers, operating 13 multi-functional manufacturing sites and 13 R&D centers around the globe, with 3,500 employees, has this immediate need.  The Company offers a full range of silicone technologies for diverse specialty markets including aerospace, automotive, construction, consumer goods, energy, healthcare, paper, personal care and textiles.

 

There are currently 2 key openings for a Technical Service Representatives for Healthcare, in Camarillo, CA and in York, SC. Successful candidates will be motivated by delivering technical solutions and providing support to the Company’s current and potential customers. It is an exciting position that allows you to be hands-on in the lab as well as Customer-facing.

 

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Incumbents in these positions will provide technical support for our healthcare business. Key markets for this technology include medical devices, wound & scar care, orthotics & prosthetics, dental, etc.

  • Incumbents will interact with current/potential customers to address market needs, lead internal investigations and external trials, and identify new opportunities for business growth working with our Marketing and Sales teams

  • Incumbents will conduct laboratory experiments, evaluations and analyses, initiate/execute short- term development projects, and adhere to company safety practices and policies

  • Position will provide regular opportunities to interact with other functions of the organization

 

REQUIREMENTS

  • BS in Polymer Chemistry or Material Science required. Related chemical experience with a focus on silicone technology is preferred

  • At least 7-10 years of prior work experience working with elastomers, thermoplastics or rubber in the medical device/healthcare markets

  • Must be able to run tests, collect data and communicate research results

  • Fabricating techniques such as molding, extrusion and 3D printing experience desirable

  • Creative, positive attitude, with ability to participate and lead interdisciplinary teams

  • Manage multiple tasks/projects concurrently

  • Effective written, oral and listening communication skills with all levels of the organization

  • Ability to use these skills to develop working relationships with internal and external customers

  • Proficient knowledge of Microsoft Office Software applications

  • Awareness of basic Regulatory Affairs related to business applications.  Available for travel up to 40%

 

TECHNICAL SERVICE REPRESENTATIVE – RELEASE COATINGS

(YORK, SC)

 

OVERVIEW

One of the world’s leading fully integrated silicone suppliers, operating 13 multi-functional manufacturing sites and 13 R&D centers around the globe, with 3,500 employees, has this immediate need.  The Company offers a full range of silicone technologies for diverse specialty markets including aerospace, automotive, construction, consumer goods, energy, healthcare, paper, personal care and textiles.

 

Company is looking for a Technical Service Representative, with a focus on Silicone Release Coatings for paper and film, in York, SC. Successful candidates will work with external and internal customers to deliver technical solutions with the personal touch.

 

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Incumbent will provide essential technical support for our release coatings business. Key applications for this technology include silicone coatings on paper and film used in the label, tape, graphic arts, advanced composite, medical, hygiene, and food industries

  • Incumbent will work with other members of the Technical Service team and interact directly with current and potential customers to address market needs, lead internal investigations, support external trials, and identify new opportunities for business growth

  • Primary responsibilities include conducting laboratory experiments, evaluations and analyses, along with initiating and executing short term development projects

  • Position will provide regular opportunities to interact with other functions of the organization

 

REQUIREMENTS

  • BS in Chemistry, Polymer/Material Science required. Related chemical experience with a focus on silicone technology is preferred

  • At least 7 – 10 years of prior work experience in an industrial laboratory environment conducting handson product evaluation, development, and testing is required

  • Must be able to run tests, collect data and communicate research results

  • Creative, positive attitude, with ability to participate and lead interdisciplinary teams

  • Manage multiple tasks/projects concurrently

  • Effective written, oral and listening communication skills with all levels of the organization

  • Ability to use these skills to develop working relationships with internal and external customers

  • Proficient knowledge of Microsoft Office Software applications

  • Awareness of basic Regulatory Affairs related to business applications

  • Available for travel up to 50%

 

SENIOR CHEMIST – THERMOPLASTIC ELASTOMERS

(PAWTUCKET, RI or WORK REMOTELY)

 

OVERVIEW

Global leading material science company with vast polymer compounding capability for a diverse customer base has this immediate need!

 

As a Sr. Chemist for the Thermoplastic Elastomers (TPE) business, you will be responsible for product development, which is the development of formulations for various applications, product support, sales support, product recommendation, and customer support and interaction related to different types of thermoplastic elastomers such as TPS, TPV, TPO, and other alloys and blends.

 

The right candidate for this role will leverage strong innovation, project leadership, and technical problem-solving skills, to create new products and to continuously improve existing products and processes. This is an opportunity to apply your technical knowledge and creative mindset to help in the creation of new product opportunities while working cross-functionally in a collaborative environment.

 

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • On a daily basis, develop/improve/customizes TPE products, formulas, processes, and test methods to meet customer requirements

  • Partner with the Sales Team to work directly with customers on matters relating to material development, performance, & troubleshooting

  • Define product performance requirements, manufacturing methods, cost structure for new products

  • Work with internal/external suppliers to keep up with the latest developments in polymer, additives, and process technology

  • Characterize samples via various analytical techniques and develops equivalent compounds, formulates and tests compounds against customer specifications

  • Provide support to Application Development, Sales & Marketing, and work directly with customers

  • Support Manufacturing and Quality Control on quality compliance, troubleshooting, specification development, test method development, scale up trials, process optimization, etc.

  • Write technical papers/reports and prepare standards and specifications for processes, facilities, products, formulas or tests

  • Active use of R&D supporting tools

 

REQUIREMENTS

  • Masters or recent Ph.D. in Polymer Science/Engineering or Materials Science/Engineering required

  • Requires 5+ years’ experience in product development of polymer compounds (preferably thermoplastic elastomers)

  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and cross-functionally

  • Proven ability to think creatively and the confidence to put forth new ideas and concepts

  • Strong organizational and project management skills

  • Requires effective communication/interpersonal skills to interface directly with Customers in an applications/technical support capacity to support Sales Team in landing new business

 

SENIOR CHEMIST – VINYL

(PAWTUCKET, RI)

 

OVERVIEW

Global leading material science company with vast polymer compounding capability for a diverse customer base has this immediate need!

 

The Vinyl Technical Group consists of passionate and talented chemists and engineers who have in-depth compounding knowledge in flexible and rigid PVC, highly flame retardant and low-smoke technologies, high performance elastomers, and superior weatherable materials.

 

You will be responsible for product development, property testing, and raw materials evaluation, as well as leading R&D activities through a stage-gate process. Identify new opportunities and recommend technologies which can be incorporated into Company’s current business. Provide technical support to sales representatives/customers products, (make material recommendations, testing, and processing guidance).

 

Leverage strong innovation, project leadership, and technical problem-solving skills, to create new products and continuously improve existing products/processes. Opportunity to apply your technical knowledge and creative mindset to help in creation of new product opportunities while working cross-functionally in a collaborative environment.

 

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Develop product formulas and processes, and also test methods to meet customer requirements

  • Partner with the Business Development Team to work directly with customers on matters relating to material development, performance, & troubleshooting

  • Define product performance requirements/manufacturing methods/cost structure for new products

  • Lead R&D projects from concept to commercialization

  • Work with internal/external suppliers to keep up with the latest developments in polymer, additives, and process technology

  • Characterize samples via various analytical techniques, develop equivalent compounds, formulate and test compounds against customer specifications

  • Provide support to Application Development, Sales and Marketing, and work directly with customers

  • Support Manufacturing and Quality Control on quality compliance, troubleshooting, specification development, test method development, scale up trials, process optimization, etc.

  • Write technical papers/reports and prepare standards/specifications for processes, facilities, products, formulas, or tests.  Active use of R&D supporting tools.

  • Ability to travel 10% of the work time

 

REQUIREMENTS

  • Master or Ph.D. in Polymer/Engineering, Materials/Engineering or Chemical Engineering required, with Minimum 5 years of experience in polymer research and development

  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and cross-functionally

  • Proven ability to think creatively and the confidence to put forth new ideas and concepts

  • Strong organizational, project management and lab instrumentation/software skills