Senior Application Development Scientist

We are working with a global leader in the production of Resin, Synthetic Rubber, Synthetic Fibers and Filaments. The company is engaged in Chemical Manufacturing, Elastomer/Polymer Compounds and other applications for the Automotive, Medical, Footwear, Consumer Goods, and various industrial applications.

Looking for 2 Senior Application Development Specialists to work in one of the company’s Houston, Texas locations. The Senior Application Development Scientist position is primarily responsible for  defining, leading and driving new application development projects that involves polymer compounding, formulation-property correlation, application testing, and production scale-up. The position is also responsible to explore all application opportunities for business growth.

Essential Job Functions:
• Initiate and lead new application development projects, ensure that projects & initiatives are completed on schedule and budget, meeting or exceeding the expectations
• Design and conduct experiments to test, prove or modify the hypotheses and value propositions
• Establish application process and special application test methods
• Review experimental data, provide a preliminary interpretation, and draw a conclusion. Proposes next steps and strategies of development efforts
• Compose progress updates/reports and communicate regularly project status & timelines to leadership team, R&D group, and business teams
• Independently present experimental results to internal/external customers or team members
• Follow company innovation process, leverages the process to the highest standard, holds self and others accountable to deliver all necessary tasks within the process
• Set personal goals & objectives, KPIs & plans in good alignment with BU and global R&D strategic goals & key initiatives each year
• Support BU on strategic planning, market developments, regular project updates, key customer visits, conference & trade show attendance, technical service, and so on
• Works with patent counsel to support patentability/infringement searches and preparation of patent applications. Maintain awareness of competitive technologies and intellectual properties
• Establish contacts and networks with internal/external customers with limited guidance
• Maintain up-to-date knowledge in areas of responsibility, including client needs, latest technologies, and relevant scientific understanding in related areas
• Understand the competitive environment and translate opportunities into development programs

• 5+ years’ experience in polymer application development
• 5+ years’ experience in formulation, compounding, testing and characterization of polymeric compound properties
• Good understanding of the functions of each component of the compounds
• Good knowledge of common application process
• Experience in Design of Experiment (DOE)
• Ability to set goals & objectives and identify resources/processes necessary to accomplish them
• Experience in multitask management
• Strong experience in intellectual properties and patent applications
• Track record of application development experience of film, and/or medical device and/or non-woven fabric
• Ph.D. degree in Polymer Science/Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Material Science, or related subjects
• Intermediate level skills at Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
• Flexibility, ability to travel domestically and internationally
• Strong analytical and problem anticipation & solving skills
• Flexibility, ability to travel domestically and internationally, and to attend global meetings outside regular work hours
• Self-starter, ability to work independently; highly self-motivated towards achieving goals & objectives; result-oriented and performance-driven
• Track record of intellectual properties study and patent applications

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