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R&D Scientist

Company: Avantor
Location: Bakersfield
Posted on: January 20, 2023

Job Description:

Job SummaryThe R&D Scientist leads developmental projects that create custom customer-focused silicone-based solutions. The R&D Scientist leads new product developments; organizing, prioritizing and delivering on key project milestones. The R&D Scientist is expected to draw upon a understanding of polymeric materials chemistry, properties, formulation and molecular synthesis to provide the team with sound technical guidance.

The R&D Scientist is responsible for leading new silicone-based chemistry, materials, and technology developments to create new products for existing and potential new customers. He/she will also lead and develop new molecules (e.g. Intermediate materials) that will be used in our Advanced Technology and Biomaterials NDP groups. He/she will lead the execution of experimental studies to generate data and drive the development of new products from concept through commercialization. He/she partners closely with department peers (e.g., Applications & NPD Scientist) and engages cross-functionally with Chemist and Technicians to drive projects.* SUMMARY
Reports to R&D business unit director. Directs the development of new silicone, silicone copolymers by conducting and supervising research, analysis, synthesis, and experimentation. Conducts and oversees long-term research and development projects. Investigates process and product improvements. Must possess advanced knowledge and experience in silicone and/or applications technology relevant for the respective business unit from hands-on industrial experience including, in part, formulating, process flow and design, project management and customer interaction.* Job Description Job DescriptionESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.Conducts and oversees experimental designs, data gathering and data analysis.Works closely with Process Development, Engineering, and the Manufacturing groups to review process flow and design and implement improvements where needed.Provides technical support to R&D staff, and assists in hands-on training.Write and review specific technical procedures, customer correspondence, and project proposals.Follows proper documentation procedures, including keeping up-to-date and correct records.Directs scale-up of material from R&D to production.Directs the development of new process methodology.Brings routine and non-routine problems to attention of management.Interacts with department personnel in sharing ideas and results of various projects.Some customer contact required.Must be regular and punctual in attendanceResponsible for maintaining quality within the scope of the job description.SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIESSupports R&D Manager in training, supervising, and reviewing Technicians and Chemists.QUALIFICATIONS To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE* Bachelor's degree (B. A. or B.S.) in Chemistry or similar science from four-year college. Advanced degree in Chemistry or Chemical Engineering preferred.* A minimum of 5 years experience as a silicone or related position in industry or a minimum of three years experience as a Senior Chemist at NuSil.LANGUAGE SKILLSAbility to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations. Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public.MATHEMATICAL SKILLSAbility to work with mathematical concepts such as probability and statistical inference, and fundamentals of plane and solid geometry and trigonometry. Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical situations.REASONING ABILITYAbility to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS NonePHYSICAL DEMANDS The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. For safety, the use of contact lenses for any reason, cosmetic or corrective, is prohibited on the production floor, in the lab areas, in the engineering shop, or while working on equipment. The company will provide prescription safety glasses with a current (under 12 months) vision corrective prescription provided by the employee.While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel and talk and hear. The employee frequently is required to stand and walk. The employee is occasionally required to sit. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus. Must pass pulmonary function test in order to wear respirator.MENTAL DEMANDS: The mental demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position.While performing the duties of this position, the employee is regularly required to maintain a pleasant and professional manner with coworkers, vendors and customers. Must effectively handle and prioritize multiple tasks, concentrate on work while surrounded by distractions, and work as a team player. The employee has to be able to receive, comprehend, follow and give complex oral and written instructions and cooperate with orders from management staff. The employee must work with a high level of confidentiality. In addition, the employee must be able work independently (under limited supervision), meet deadlines, and communicate and give complex oral and/or written instructions. Friendly, positive attitude and dependable attendance is required.WORK ENVIRONMENT The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.Employee must be able to work in a non-climate controlled environment. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.DISCLAIMER:
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of employees assigned to this position.
Avantor is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.EEO Statement:We are an Equal Employment/Affirmative Action employer. We do not discriminate in hiring on the basis of sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religious creed, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected Veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state/province, or local law. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the employment process, please contact us by email at and let us know the nature of your request and your contact information. Requests for accommodation will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Please note that only inquiries concerning a request for reasonable accommodation will be responded to from this email address.For more information about equal employment opportunity protections, please view the Equal Employment Opportunity is THE LAW Poster, EEO is the Law Poster Supplement, and Pay Transparency Non-Discrimination Provision using the links below.EEO is the LawOFCCP EEO SupplementPAY TRANSPARENCY NONDISCRIMINATION PROVISION3rd Party Non-Solicitation Policy:By submitting candidates without having been formally assigned on and contracted for a specific job requisition by Avantor, or by failing to comply with the Avantor recruitment process, you forfeit any fee on the submitted candidates, regardless of your usual terms and conditions. Avantor works with a preferred supplier list and will take the initiative to engage with recruitment agencies based on its needs and will not be accepting any form of solicitation.

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