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Scientist - Polymer Characterization Job


King of Prussia, PA, United States

Employment Type:  Regular
Category:  Research and Development
Posting Date:  Jan 28, 2023

Job Title: Scientist – Polymer Characterization

Job Dimensions
  •  Provide analytical information in the area of polymer characterization, specifically thermal analysis, to all Arkema Inc. R&D units, process technology, manufacturing plants, and HES groups.
  • Completes workload within project timelines.  Takes broad view of data analysis and can get involved in analyzing data outside of submitted samples.  Leverages other techniques, if needed, to complete projects.
  • Working under advice of senior polymer characterization staff, develops methods as required to complete analysis.  Generates new insights from project work.
  • Develops lab strategic plan.  Proposes and completes strategic projects related to ASR.
  • Writes and issues technical reports
  • Serves on R&D project teams and collaborate with colleagues to solve problems spanning a diverse range of chemistries.
  • Helps maintain system reliability and continuity of service, manage hardware/software changes and upgrades.
  • Develops extensive professional network with Arkema Inc. scientists; actively participates in appropriate professional organizations. 
  • Develops knowledge of Arkema products and processes for the business units that are supported and a general understanding of business interests and markets.
  • Looks for and pursues opportunities to publish/present externally
Key Activities and responsibilities
  • Operate, and assist in overseeing maintenance of thermal analysis laboratory equipment (DSC/PDSC, DTA, TGA, TMA, pycnometry).
  • Provide updates on the status of key projects and analytical requests with clear emphasis on value.
  • Conduct analyses of 10-15 requests (25-100 samples) per month, depending on technique and complexity, using a range of thermal analysis methods that are both routine and non-routine in nature, organizes and interprets data and writes reports detailing the work.
  • Use internal networks to overcome issues, find solutions, and achieve objectives.
  • Maintain awareness of polymer characterization techniques, especially those related to thermal analysis, as applied to Arkema interests and products.
  • Actively participate in Arkema’s safety programs and lead relevant safety projects as required.

Required Education/Qualifications /Work experience

  • PhD in Material Science, Polymer Physics or Polymer Sciences; experience with operation of thermal analysis equipment and interpretation of data.
  • Ability to independently develop projects leading to enhanced understanding of property-structure relationships.
  • Experience with other analytical techniques highly desirable.

Building on its unique set of expertise in materials science, Arkema offers a portfolio of first-class technologies to address ever-growing demand for new and sustainable materials. With the ambition to become in 2024 a pure player in Specialty Materials, the Group is structured into three complementary, resilient and highly innovative segments dedicated to Specialty Materials - Adhesive Solutions, Advanced Materials, and Coating Solutions - accounting for some 80% of Group sales, and a well-positioned and competitive Intermediates segment. Arkema offers cutting-edge technological solutions to meet the challenges of, among other things, new energies, access to water, recycling, urbanization and mobility, and fosters a permanent dialogue with all its stakeholders. The Group reported sales of €9.5 billion ($10.6 billion) in 2021, and operates in 55 countries with 20,500 employees worldwide.

The diversity of its employees is an asset that the Arkema group wants to preserve. Its non-discrimination policy applies to recruitment, salary levels and career management. The Arkema group is committed to ensuring diversity among its employees.

Arkema Inc. provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Arkema Inc. complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence.

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