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Materials Development Engineer (Polymers)

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Hickory, NC
$85,000 - $100,000
Job Type
Direct Hire
Bachelor of Science, Master of Science
Jan 24, 2018
Job ID
Materials Development Engineer (Polymers)
Scope of Position
The Materials Development Engineer is expected to apply expertise in polymer science and engineering to support new product development activities.
-Assist with polymer compound selection and evaluation for fiber optic cable and connectors.
-Serve as a materials subject matter resource for product and project engineers for new product and process development efforts and assist manufacturing with solving materials-related problems.
-Demonstrate technical leadership in the area of materials science and polymer engineering.
Day-to-Day Responsibilities
-Participate in project teams, providing polymer materials fundamental understanding and development support.
-Conduct research, propose experiments and analyze data to test hypotheses to enhance understanding of products and processes.
-Identify and investigate new polymer compounds for cost reductions and new products introductions.
-Maintain strong interaction with polymer people located in US, Germany, Poland as well as China
-Assist and/or lead product development projects (globally).
-Work with suppliers to resolve problems with materials and stay abreast of new material availability.
?Travel Requirements:? Up to 20% – primarily domestic to Company manufacturing locations, less frequently to US Corporate Engineering, and Quarterly travel to European facilities.
?Work location:? Hickory, NC
?Hours of work/work schedule/flex-time:?
40+ hours per week, conventional schedule with some flexibility.
?Required Education:?
B.S. and/or M.S. in Polymer Science and Engineering or B.S. and/or M.S. in Materials (PhD not mandatory but would be a nice add-on).
?Required Years and Area of Experience:?
2-3 yrs work experience minimum in product development or product testing.
?Required Skills:?
-Knowledge/experience in polymer science, basic understanding of polymer structure-property relationships.
-Ability to develop new test methods for in-depth product characterization.
-Ability to apply fundamental understanding & scientific principles to solve technical problems and identify product solutions.
Desired Skills
-Experience with thermoplastic polymer compounds.
-Hands-on experience with extrusion and injection molding.
-Experience in the extrusion of foamed thermoplastic materials.
-Structure/property knowledge of polyolefins & thermoplastic elastomers.
-Hands-on experience with polymer characterization methods such as rheometry, DMA, DSC, TGA, TMA and mechanical testing.
Soft Skills
Multicultural team environment.
Ability to multitask.
Ability to work independently.
Effective oral and written communication skills.
Enjoys presenting achievements and is open for constructive discussions.
Additional Particulars
-Salary Range $85,000 - $100,000 plus incentives
-Full Relocation package to Hickory, NC and vicinity
This position is an “Addition to Staff” in a growing business