Role Overview: As a Polymer Processing Scientist, you will play a key role in developing and optimizing our plastic and PET polymer processing techniques. You will be responsible for conducting research, performing experiments, and analyzing data to improve our manufacturing processes and enhance product quality. Your expertise in polymer science and processing technologies will be instrumental in driving innovation and efficiency in our operations.
- Conduct research and development activities to improve plastic and PET polymer processing techniques.
- Design and execute experiments to investigate the effects of process parameters on polymer properties, product quality, and production efficiency.
- Analyze experimental data using statistical tools and provide insights and recommendations for process optimization.
- Collaborate with cross-functional teams, including engineers, chemists, and production personnel, to identify process improvement opportunities and implement solutions.
- Develop and optimize polymer formulations for specific applications, considering factors such as strength, durability, flexibility, and cost-effectiveness.
- Monitor and troubleshoot production processes to identify and resolve issues related to polymer processing, equipment performance, and quality control.
- Stay updated with the latest advancements in plastic and PET polymer processing technologies, industry trends, and regulations.
- Provide technical guidance and support to production teams, including training on best practices, process control, and troubleshooting techniques.
- Collaborate with suppliers and external partners to evaluate new materials, equipment, and technologies for potential integration into our processes.
- Participate in product development projects, providing input on material selection, process feasibility, and manufacturability.
- Maintain accurate documentation of experimental procedures, results, and observations in compliance with regulatory and quality requirements.
- Prepare technical reports, presentations, and other communication materials to effectively convey research findings and recommendations.
- PhD or Master's degree in Polymer Science, Chemical Engineering, Materials Science, or a related field.
- Extensive experience in plastic and PET polymer processing, including extrusion, injection molding, blow molding, and thermoforming.
- Strong knowledge of polymer science, rheology, processing parameters, and structure-property relationships.
- Proficiency in statistical analysis tools and software for data analysis, such as Minitab or JMP.
- Hands-on experience with laboratory equipment and techniques for polymer characterization, such as DSC, DMA, FTIR, and mechanical testing.
- Familiarity with quality control principles and methodologies, including statistical process control (SPC) and Six Sigma.
- Strong problem-solving skills, with the ability to analyze complex issues and propose innovative solutions.
- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to collaborate effectively with cross-functional teams.
- Detail-oriented with a strong commitment to quality, safety, and continuous improvement.
- Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously, prioritize tasks, and meet deadlines.