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Job Overview and Responsibilities
The Research Technician is responsible for planning and executing physical chemistry testing, analysis and general laboratory activities as defined by the Polymer Physics Research Scientists for various research and development projects.
Prepare samples, and conduct characterization testing directly, or submit samples for analysis
Collect, organize data and experimental observations, and communicate to research scientists, document experiments and results.
Operate and maintain relevant equipment, instrumentation and experimental techniques. Assist Research Scientists, in a global team, in evaluating new test protocols, equipment, sample preparation procedures, etc.
Conduct preventative maintenance on laboratory equipment, including specifying and getting quotes on parts, installations and repairs from outside resources.
Maintains a safe work environment for self and others.
Participates in peer and area coordinator safety audits and attends all required safety meetings & training.
Maintains relevant Certified Operator status and adheres to relevant work area SOPs and processes.
Performs other tasks and duties as required.
Overtime (over 40 hrs. /work week) and/or alternate shift work may be required.
Education and Experience
3+ years relevant experience in physical materials characterization methods; ex, tensile/compressive mechanical testing, DMA, TGA, DSC, broadband dielectric spectroscopy, and other spectroscopic methods, etc.
Experience or background in Polymer Science (strongly preferred), Mechanical Engineering, or Chemical Engineering
High attention to detail and ability to work meticulously to observe and adjust processes and experiments as they progress
Demonstrated problem solving ability and capability to identify improvements to current chemistry and processes
Demonstrated ability to work under the direction of scientist or manager and to work independently on established projects or protocols.
Experience in experimental/bench and measurement/characterization of chemicals and/or polymers.
Functional knowledge of computer software (i.e. Excel, Word, Powerpoint) and computerized process control systems.
Exposure to/competency with advanced analysis techniques (Matlab/Igor, etc.), computer modeling/simulation methods (ex. FEA, molecular modeling, etc.) is a plus.