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Senior Staff Technician Job


King of Prussia, PA, United States

Employment Type:  Regular
Category:  Research and Development
Posting Date:  May 4, 2022

The Senior Staff Technician This job supports key new product development projects. The position conducts laboratory studies and polymer processing trials, polymer testing, conducts data analysis for new product developments. Multiple technical programs will be managed concurrently.  Good team work and communications skills are essential to success. Performance of melt processing activities on the floor requires a person who is adept at using various hand, electric and pneumatic tools (often referred to as having good hands-on experience).  Manual lifting and movement of tooling and materials is part of the job, and will be often happen - dependent on the work to be performed.  Good physical strength and health is important. 




Performs Polymer Processing

  • Set up and conduct plastic processing as directed including: 
    • Twin-screw compounding, injection molding, compression molding, tube extrusion, film extrusion, etc.
    • Document results and processing condition and troubleshoot equipment & processes.
    • Maintain identified equipment/tooling and help define safe operating procedures & schedule maintenance.
    • Maintain and manage material storage areas.
    • Maintain a clean and organized work area.
    • Troubleshoot equipment malfunctions & processing problems


Collects Data

  • Accurately document all observations and results in electronic laboratory notebook.
  • Organize and analyze data in spreadsheets and simple reports


Laboratory Testing & Analysis

  • Perform lab testing of materials as needed including mechanical and rheological testing
  • Coordinate testing performed in other departments (Analytical, etc)
  • Support laboratory experiments, chemical and environmental aging of polymers, conduct various tests polymer parts (e.g., physical/mechanical/weathering).


Safety & Other duties

  • Order equipment supplies 
  • Follow all Arkema safety protocols and proceedures
  • Actively participate in safety improvement programs including 5S




Tasks and responsibilities (including day-to-day priorities) will be assigned by a Principal Scientist.  Overall goals and objectives, both short and long term, are coordinated between R&D Management &  the Principal Scientist in conjunction/coordination with the R&D Manager.  Management of multiple priorities and sometimes changing priorities is one of the challenges that requires high flexibility and strong organization skills.  




Maintain safe working environment.  Maintain documentation system including lab notebooks and electronic tech service system and organized files.  Design internal processing trials and analysis to diagnose and solve polymer processing problems for customers or develop new processing capabilities. Complete timely reports for work completed.  Develop product and processing expertise related to markets and customers. 




  • 10+ years of applicable experience in plastics processing and testing
  • Communicates effectively both verbally and in writing
  • Good math skills for conducting calculations and proficiency with excel for calculations and graphing
  • Proficient with computer software applications (word processing, spreadsheet, etc.).
  • Excellent organization skills, strong interpersonal skills
  • Experience and training in plastics processing equipment
  • Hands on orientation to conduct experiments, maintain equipment


Arkema Fluoropolymers is the world’s leading producer of polyvinylidene (PVDF) polymers and copolymers. Fluoropolymers R&D is a leader in new application developments and product innovation in this field. The Fluoropolymers Industrial Products R&D team is responsible for conducting application testing, product R&D, and also for providing technical service to our customers. The position will require the incumbent to plan experimental programs in conjunction with the principal scientist, and then conduct plastics processing trials on various equipment. The incumbent will also conduct testing or our new developments materials for key properties needed for new applications and according to specific standards.  The position will also requires ownership of some of the processing equipment commonly utilized in our highbay. Good team work and communications skills are essential to success. All data will be recorded in processing logs, and electronic notebooks.



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 €8.7 billion ($9.7 billion) in 2019, 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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