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Senior Development Scientist

Company: Daikin America, Inc
Location: Decatur
Posted on: May 7, 2022

Job Description:

The Senior Development Scientist/Project Manager position will provide project management support for all development aspects regarding new applications of both existing and newly conceived Polymer materials. They will take ownership of the critical facets of project management and stage gate processes such as team management, timelines/ milestones, budgets, risk analysis, reporting and communication throughout all the development phases of Daikin America, Inc. new thermoplastic and thermoset technology platform to ensure successful completion of company milestones and optimal team performance.
This position will have a Polymer Science or related background with emphasis on polymer processing, characterization, and analysis. The candidate will envision how the specific design or project is completed, identifies critical requirements and performance aspects, process strategies, and identifies required functionality of new polymer materials. The candidate is expected to be highly experienced in the implementation and operation of polymer extrusion and molding equipment. Candidate is also expected to be a subject matter expert in understanding structure property relationship of polymers including electrical, mechanical, thermo-mechanical and chemical properties. This is considered a "hands on" technical role with project leadership responsibilities.

The candidate will share their time between development laboratory, pilot scale development activities, technology transfer as well as utilizing formal Project Management concepts to lead projects. The candidate will also be responsible for oversite of the technical center 5G R&D Laboratory. He or she will report to the Senior Research Technology Manager (or equivalent). Since communication is an important function in this role, the individual is required to prepare presentations for steering team members, stakeholders, internal technical review, customers, standard committees, university collaborations, industrial collaborations and attend conferences & symposium. This position also mentors and provides training to other Scientist and Engineers working on R&D Programs. Since this is a leadership role, the individual will work closely with New Business Development and Marketing Department to ensure the development goals are met for commercialization.

Prompt, regular, and dependable attendance and supporting overtime needs of the department are an essential function of this job.
Adherences to and maintain safe and environmentally friendly work environment. This involves following the A5 safety / environmental regulations and policies.
Operate area equipment required to make product while closely adhering to procedures in order to ensure safe production of high-quality products.
Comply with ISO 14001 standard and environmental rules of A5 operation.
May generate or handle hazardous waste.
Know the proper care and use of PPE.
Complete incident investigation reports as needed. Participate in incident investigations.
Work safely around potentially hazardous materials and comply with safety policies and procedures. This includes non-TSCA approved materials.
This position is considered a "Safety-Sensitive" job, because of the mental aptitude, alertness, and close adherence to critical process procedures required. This position requires mental alertness and aptitude to carryout complex processes in a safe manner for the protection of his/her own personal safety and the safety of his/her co-workers.
Lead intellectual property search, assist in prior art search and patent risk assessment using known patent search engines and software.
Maintain a high level of initiative and job ownership.
Be able to maintain project schedule to the best of their ability.
Actively participate and contribute to team meetings.
Must be familiar with all IEEE and IEC standards for testing of which one is the
Perform analytical testing using instrumentation such as:
o Understand transmission performance for LAN Cable
o Understand electrical requirements for Aerospace Wire and Cable
o Analyzer (VNA)
o Split Resonant Cavity for VNA
o Understanding of dielectric testing, dissipation loss factor, dielectric voltage breakdown and volume resistivity
o Other instrumentation such as DMA, TMA, DSC, FTIR and Capillary Rheometer are also required
Customer Interactions:
o Customer sample evaluation(s).
o Prepare trial samples for customers.
o Customer communication
Additional assignments as deemed necessary by management

Bachelor's degree in Chemistry or Chemical Engineering with at least 20+ years with experience, or a Master's degree in Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Polymer Science & Engineering with 15+ years of experience or PhD in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Polymer Science & Engineering with 10+ years; or combination of education and experience.
Minimum 10 years of industrial experience including the fabrication, designing, and testing and analysis of advanced polymer materials
Minimum 5 years of Project Management Experience with understanding of the stage gate process for new product development

Keywords: Daikin America, Inc, Decatur , Senior Development Scientist, Other , Decatur, Alabama

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