Polymer Processing Scientist
Company: DuPont de Nemours Inc.
Posted on: June 8, 2021
Research Scientist - DuPont Performance Building Solutions
Organization: DuPont Performance Building Solutions R&D -
At DuPont Water and Protection, we are harnessing the power of
science and technology to improve the lives of people around the
world. Performance Building Solutions (PBS) is a $1.1B Global
Business that develops and markets products for growing global
infrastructure needs. We are accomplishing this by empowering our
people. To recognize their outstanding efforts and contributions,
we offer a total rewards package which is considered top tier in
As part of Water and Protection, Performance Building (PBS)
focuses on weatherization and energy efficiency solutions,
including the building envelope, air and water sealing, and
insulation products. PBS is looking for energetic candidates to
fill a Research Scientist position.
The job exists to support revenue growth and value generation
for market segments pertinent to PBS. By closely working with
commercial/marketing team and the manufacturing teams, the
individual in this role will be responsible for developing product
technologies and solutions for new foam insulation applications,
optimizing current products and processes, and making changes to
ensure the sustainability of our product lines.
We are looking for a candidate possessing a strong background
and hands-on knowledge/experience in polymer chemistry, polymer
science, chemical/polymer engineering and/or material sciences.
This role will work closely with thermoplastic polymer
processing, associated chemistry, project teams, and manufacturing
plants. The person in this role will at the outset develop into a
technology leader in the area and drive product and process
development through improved molecular design, materials science,
formulation, process design, and product application and
performance. The candidate will eventually be a technology focal
point for multiple project teams. The role can grow to include
other areas of technology and has the potential for future
technology and/or group leadership responsibilities.
Examples of Goals Typical for the Job
Identify technologies to allow use of brominated copolymer fire
retardants with not only good product performance in styrenic foams
(including foam cell size, foam cross section, processing thermal
stability, skin quality), and additionally address foam processing
challenges that lead to polymer degradation or process
Leverage foams extrusion and processing technologies to similar
processes and products in other geographies.
Develop new technologies and formulations to meet regulations,
improve properties, and lower cost.
- Consult on new foam or insulation technologies in the
development of new products.
Key Job Requirement/Responsibilities will include:
Technical strength in polymer science, chemistry, materials
science, polymer composites, and/or polymer characterization and
Specialization and experience with extrusion and foam science
and processing is valued.
Ability to learn and contribute to improved properties/polymer
processing/chemistry related to foam products
Formulation and application expertise
Enable close cooperation between the R&D, Manufacturing &
Engineering, Finance, Sales and Marketing, and other R&D groups
(both internal and external)
Core capability of utilizing the Scientific Method and ability
to lead multiple hypothesis-based research projects across R&D
businesses utilizing stage-gate methodologies
Lead laboratory, pilot plant, or in-plant data generation and
Act as equipment and area owner for lab and pilot plant
Ensure appropriate intellectual property is created to protect
DuPont technology and competitive advantages, documentation of
results in reports
Technical presentations at company meetings, technical
conferences, and customer/partner facilities.
Maintain a high level of safety awareness at the program level
and is a vocal safety advocate in all operations at the department
- Identifies opportunities for improvement in products,
processes, or organization for business benefit.
PhD in Polymer Processing, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering,
Materials Science, or related field, or BS / MS / MEng and
Strong background in utilizing multiple analytical procedures to
identify and characterize products, such as NMR, GPC and image
Understanding of synthesis and characterization of organic
compounds or polymers is preferred.
Experience in the science and processing of polymer composites
and nanocomposites is preferred.
Demonstrated ability to analyze prior art and incorporating
information and knowledge management tools and systems into work.
Proficiently uses patent analysis tools to maintain expert
understanding of a technology/market area.
Preferred demonstrated ability, outstanding accomplishments, and
recognition competence in a polymer and foams specialty.
Recognized within the department or organization for
effectiveness and credibility.
Strong knowledge and demonstrated use of statistics and DOE
Must be able to work well in teams and to work independently
with limited supervision.
Highly motivated and self-directed individual with the ability
to interact with employees at all levels in the organization.
Experience with operation of small pilot plants, or process
scale-up is desired.
Research experiences in polymer processing, engineering
(interpreting GPC results), extrusion or reactor modeling
(including kinetic modeling), scale-up, and statistical methods
(for experimental design and data analysis).
Demonstrated ability to make clear, persuasive, concise, and
well-organized oral presentations.
- Good verbal and written communication skills.
This position requires a significant amount of both
desk/computer work, laboratory and pilot plant work (stairs), as
well as the ability to travel and work in a plant environment of
varied temperatures and humidity.
Work environment includes the laboratory, general office and
manufacturing plant. Daily contact with employees in other
departments and regions is required.
Position will require up to 20% travel to plant or customer
Primary Location: Midland, Michigan
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