Senior Development Scientist
Company: Daikin America, Inc
Posted on: May 7, 2022
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
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
Comply with ISO 14001 standard and environmental rules of A5
May generate or handle hazardous waste.
Know the proper care and use of PPE.
Complete incident investigation reports as needed. Participate in
Work safely around potentially hazardous materials and comply with
safety policies and procedures. This includes non-TSCA approved
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
Maintain a high level of initiative and job ownership.
Be able to maintain project schedule to the best of their
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
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
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
Minimum 5 years of Project Management Experience with understanding
of the stage gate process for new product development
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