This Sr. Research Scientist will be responsible for initiating, directing and executing scientific research and product development activities for Kerr. In this role the researcher will have to come up with product ideas based on market, industry and technology trends; initiate and prove feasibility of ideas, should have a very good understanding/working knowledge with all activities pertaining to product development that will help design and develop dental restorative products.
PRIMARY DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:
Responsible for development of next generation/breakthrough products.
Translation of technologies to products.
Analyze and understand market and technology trends.
Define, develop and test new innovative products.
Develop products using product development process in accordance with design control.
Drive the Design process from conception to pilot testing, scale up, and commercialization.
Interface with various customer personnel to determine both articulated and unarticulated needs in order to develop products that meet/exceed customer needs while maximizing value in use.
Coordinate and support all phases of product development, including conceptualization, design control, packaging, documentation development, data generation, and performance verification.
Conduct feasibility study and provide constructive feedback on prospective projects/technologies.
Understand the competitive landscape (product offerings and IP) and use the information to develop value added and differentiated products.
Design and carry out experiments that scientifically confirm performance, reliability, and shelf life.
Plan schedule of research according to company's timetable, and establish daily or weekly routines necessary to meet project timetable.
Develop research plan and design experiments.
Write patents, technical market support literature, technical presentations and publications.
Develop in-depth knowledge of new and existing products.
Train and supervise research associates.
Evaluation of ideas, patents, competitive products and new technologies.
Perform other duties as responsibilities necessitate.
Estimated 5% travel may be required for this position.
3 years demonstrated success in identifying and bringing to market innovative products. Product development experience in adhesive, cement or composite field highly desired.
Knowledge of physical properties, especially mechanical properties of polymeric/composite materials.Understanding of structure-property relationships of polymeric/composite materials.
Familiar with various polymerization mechanisms, especially free-radical polymerization of methacrylate monomers.
Ability to translate voice of customer into product requirements.
Ability to design and conduct studies in accordance to product ideation.
Ability to communicate effectively across the enterprise, as well as various groups such as Marketing, Manufacturing, Regulatory, QA/QC, Supply Chain, Customer Service, Sales) and external customers and suppliers; ability to handle different personalities.
Handle all initial patent disclosure and IP of new or existing outside technologies. Conveying all known patent and IP research to internal organization.
Strong organizational skills.
Must have strong written and verbal communication skills, and be extremely dependable.
Strong organizational/time management and prioritization skills.
Ability to effectively present information.
Possess track record of new product development success and out-of-the-box thinking.
Experience with dental material highly desired.
Possess hands-on industry knowledge.
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