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Associate Research Scientist

Company: The Dow Chemical Company
Location: Midland
Posted on: November 12, 2021

Job Description:

Dow has a unique and exciting opportunity for an Associate Research Scientist in the Materials Engineering Center as part of the Engineering and Process Science (E&PS) capability within Core R&D, to be located in Midland, Michigan.

The Materials Engineering Center is a center of excellence for product and process design, multi-scale modeling, fabrication and application testing that provides a competitive advantage for Dow. Dow Research & Development offers scientists and engineers unlimited possibilities to create, discover and develop. R&D centers around the world support Dow's innovation and growth objectives. Our exploratory and business-driven research leads to new or improved products that impact the lives of millions of people while creating business value for Dow.

The MEC Associate Research Engineer is capable of leading projects and efforts which utilize the global capabilities to create value for Dow. This individual is expected to have a broad mechanical engineering knowledge base. The candidate is expected to simultaneously handle multiple projects, so good program management skills are a must. The individual will be expected to make data based decisions, and follow sound engineering discipline. Depending on the project, the technical aspects of concept design development, thermal /acoustics /structural analysis simulation, processing options assessment, part processing simulation and materials characterization including specialized application performance testing will be employed to execute engineering programs. Experience in automotive design and engineering is necessary for the role including the use of Finite Element Analysis.

Key Roles & Responsibilities

  • Foster a safe and inclusive work environment
  • Integrate with internal and external customers along with R&D & sales/marketing teams within Dow to evaluate and scope project opportunities
  • Act as team leader on some projects and team member on other projects to expand markets and applications
  • Provide application engineering interface to customers in collaboration with business partners
  • Define capabilities and resources needed to execute projects
  • Develop detailed project plans, timelines, deliverables and quality plans
  • Act as a project leader to take conceptual designs through customer sourcing, design development, product validation, manufacturability, and launch
  • Develop new technical innovations that can be leveraged to bring value to Dow
  • Develop creative and cost-effective solutions to complex engineering and design problems working with a designers, other engineers and fabrication resources through use of materials science, design, and process knowledge that meet or exceed customer's expectations
  • Interface and partner with other groups within Core R&D to meet development needs
  • Provide subject matter expertise in an area of engineering design
  • Prepare & present technical papers externally, and properly document all technical learning internally (CRI's)
  • Proactively drive & secure intellectual property including invention disclosures, case filings, and office actions
  • Interface with other E&PS leaders and focal points to promote continuous improvement and an inclusive environment of engineering disciplines, communication, and teamwork
  • Promote quality and product stewardship inside and outside Dow


    Required Qualifications:
    • Master's or PhD in a science related discipline
    • 3+ years of automotive engineering experience
    • Experience in automotive product design and engineering
    • Experience in leading projects through the complete product development cycle preferred
    • Must be a self-starter who takes the initiative to find solutions to technical challenges
    • Must show evidence of sound engineering judgment/intuition and have a track record of creating value through innovation


      Preferred Qualifications:
      • A degree in Mechanical Engineering or Automotive Engineering
      • A strong preference will be given to 5+ years of automotive engineering and experience in design engineering with acoustic systems
      • Skilled in Computer-Aided Engineering (CAE)
      • International project leadership/teamwork skills a plus
      • Proficient at scoping and developing detailed project plans, timelines, deliverables and quality plans
      • Proven mechanical intuition and ability to develop innovative concepts to meet the needs of product and system designs
      • Excellent communications and interpersonal skills - position requires strong interaction in multi-functional team environment especially global collaboration within Dow


        Domestic relocation assistance is available for this role and may be provided based on eligibility.

        Dow Offers:
        • A robust total rewards program, including: competitive base pay, variable pay that rewards individual, team, and Company performance, and comprehensive benefits
        • On-going learning opportunities within a diverse, inclusive and rewarding work environment
        • Career experiences that can span different Dow businesses and functions with opportunities for personal and professional growth
        • The chance to work within a global company and interact with colleagues from around the world
        • Opportunities that spark your imagination and ignite your passion to help others

          About Dow

          Dow (NYSE: DOW) combines global breadth, asset integration and scale, focused innovation and leading business positions to achieve profitable growth. The Company's ambition is to become the most innovative, customer centric, inclusive and sustainable materials science company, with a purpose to deliver a sustainable future for the world through our materials science expertise and collaboration with our partners. Dow's portfolio of plastics, industrial intermediates, coatings and silicones businesses delivers a broad range of differentiated science-based products and solutions for its customers in high-growth market segments, such as packaging, infrastructure, mobility and consumer care. Dow operates 106 manufacturing sites in 31 countries and employs approximately 35,700 people. Dow delivered sales of approximately $39 billion in 2020. References to Dow or the Company mean Dow Inc. and its subsidiaries. For more information, please visit www.dow.com or follow @DowNewsroom on Twitter.

          As part of our dedication to the diversity of our workforce, Dow is committed to equal opportunities in employment. We encourage every employee to bring their whole self to work each day to not only deliver more value, but also have a more fulfilling career. Further information regarding Dow's equal opportunities is available on www.dow.com .

          Dow is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer and is committed to providing opportunities without regard for race, color, national origin, ethnicity, gender, protected veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or religion. We are also committed to providing reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities and disabled veterans in our job application procedures. If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, you may contact us at http://www.dow.com/en-us/contact-us or you may call us at 1-833-My Dow HR and select option 0, then press *.

Keywords: The Dow Chemical Company, Midland , Associate Research Scientist, Other , Midland, Michigan

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