Polymer Physics Researcher


Date: 1 week ago
City: Alpharetta, GA
Contract type: Full time
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Role Overview

Solvay in Alpharetta has an exciting opportunity for someone seeking an opportunity in research! The Research Technician is responsible for planning and executing materials science testing, analysis and general laboratory activities as defined by the Polymer Physics Research Scientists for various research and development projects.

Key Accountabilities:

  • Strong initiative and work ethic, technically curious, and a thirst to advance our understand of our materials

  • 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.

Desired Qualifications:

  • B. S. Degree in Materials Science, Polymer Science, Physics, Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, or related technical field required

  • Masters of Science degree in a Materials Science, Polymer Science, Physics, Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, or related technical field preferred

  • 3+ years relevant experience in physical materials characterization methods; examples include, tensile/compressive/bending mechanical testing, optical microscopy, digital image correlation, acoustic emission, dynamic mechanical analysis, etc.

  • Experience or background in Composite Materials, Polymer Science, Mechanical Engineering, or Chemical Engineering

  • Experience in any composite student group (Formula SAE, SAMPE, ETC.) strongly preferred.

  • 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.


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