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Lead R&D Scientist/Engineer - Fibers and Polymers

Company: Aja Labs
Location: Raleigh
Posted on: June 25, 2022

Job Description:

Lead R&D Scientist/Engineer - Fibers and PolymersThe Lead R&D Scientist/Engineer - Fibers and Polymers will conduct complex and non-standard research, development, and performance testing activities that support the development and commercialization of performance fibers. The role will act as a technical project lead of multiple projects and direct the work of other technical team members assigned to project(s). The position will support new product and process introduction activities from concept to deployment. The Lead Formulations Scientist/Engineer must be hands-on and is expected to transition research and development from the laboratory and into pilot and commercial manufacturing environments.

Who you are:The right person for this role became an engineer/scientist because they wanted to impact the world first and foremost positively. You're certainly not one to settle with the status quo. This is for the engineer/scientist whose personality instinctively desires to run with new concepts. You're not looking for a run-of-the-mill corporate 9-5, the same day in, day out kind of role. You want to build out new processes, break them, and build them back better than before. This role is for those who are molders, shapers, and sculptors. The perfect candidate possesses inherent curiosity. You want to be part of building something brand new from the ground up. If this sounds like you and your desires, apply and chat with us!Responsibilities:

  • Develops fiber formulations as well as compounding and spinning processes to support the business strategy and meet established project objectives, including product design approaches, test plans, process enhancements, and milestones to project completion.
  • Completes complex analytical testing procedures, in-depth analysis, and interpretation. Provides detailed and accurate test reports to the stakeholders in a timely manner. Evaluates all test/project data to ensure accuracy, completeness, and reasonability of conclusions.
  • Provides detailed and accurate project reports to the internal and external stakeholders.
  • Participates in project reviews and presents findings as appropriate. Engages with assigned teams and cross-functional stakeholders, such as operations, process, marketing, etc. to assist in troubleshooting and determining future direction.
  • Leads or directs special research projects independently. Oversees technical activities and/or supervises technical team members assigned to the project.
  • Assures that complete documentation and notes are maintained on the specified Quality System of Record.
  • Maintains awareness of new and/or alternate raw materials, processes, equipment, and competitive product development.
  • Participates in intellectual property (IP) type activities as required.
    JOB REQUIREMENTSEducation & Experience Minimums:
    • Advanced degree in fiber science, material science, polymer science, chemical engineering, or closely related technical field OR 4-5 years in polymer extrusion/fiber extrusion at the Bachelor's degree level.
    • Minimum 3 years of hands-on experience with polymeric processing (fiber spinning, extrusion, molding, and additive manufacturing) and resin formulating (as with polymer blends, polymer solutions, and additive/colorant formulation).
    • Advanced knowledge and understanding of process development as well as operation and maintenance of complex automated mechanical equipment. Combinations of related education and experience may be considered.
    • Knowledge of fiber science and characterization techniques ( FTIR spectroscopy, UV/Vis/NIR spectroscopy, thermal analysis, optical and electron microscopy, ICPMS, XRF, etc.).
    • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
    • Strong understanding of data analysis and data-based decision-making.
    • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to work in a diverse group.
    • Excellent communication and organizational skills: verbal presentation, report writing, documentation, and note-taking.
    • Computer skills: MS Windows, MS Office (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint), Google WorkspacePreferred
      • Advanced degree in Fiber Science or Material Science
      • Engineering background in the chemical sciences
      • Expertise in melt extrusion techniques, such as compounding and spinning, as well as polymer processing and characterization
      • Ability to master processes related to the processing and analysis of natural fiber manufacturing processes.
      • Ability to serve as a technical lead of interdisciplinary teams in academic/industrial environments.
      • Serious passion and interest in creating highly innovative and sustainable materials.General Expectations
        • Demonstrate effective communication (verbal, written) skills.
        • Maintain discretion when working with confidential and proprietary information.
        • Strict adherence to Company safety policies and procedures.
        • Advise and implement new initiatives and recommend promising workplace solutions.
        • Must have reliable transportation to and from the work site.
        • This position is located in Raleigh, North Carolina We support your coverage:
          • Medical
          • Dental
          • Vision
          • 401(k)Extra Important Details:
            • You'll travel regionally up to 25%
            • Professional development assistance available. We support your development and growth with an allowance for coaching, workshops, and seminars.
            • We include the option to receive equity as compensation in addition to salary in a manner that is in line with experience and skills!

Keywords: Aja Labs, Raleigh , Lead R&D Scientist/Engineer - Fibers and Polymers, IT / Software / Systems , Raleigh, North Carolina

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