Principal Polymer Engineer-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 a Principal Polymer Engineer/Scientist to work in the west Houston, Texas location. This role will lead the growth of Styreneethylene-butylene-styrene (SEBS) volume in the Americas region by applying his/her knowledge of SEBS applications and meet the requirements of the application by selecting the proper SEBS grade or develop a compounded SEBS based material to meet the needs of the application.

Provide technical leadership to grow volume of SEBS in the Americas region by:
• Identifying applications that benefit from the company’s SEBS grades or compounds thereof
• Expanding existing applications through technical support of sales and marketing
• Recommending changes, improvements, to the company’s SEBS product line
• Promote the SEBS grade slate by attending industry conferences to meet with new and existing customers, build an understanding of the technical needs, identify growth opportunities, and monitor competition
• Provide training to customers, TSM Sales, and Marketing
• Supporting the start-up of new applications
• Investigating and resolving customer complaints

Apply Technical knowhow by:
• Designing and running experiments to qualify the suitability of the company’s SEBS for customer/market applications or determine the value of SEBS for a customer/market application
• Presenting results and findings of customer’s test requests
• Working with R&D teams to develop and test new SEBS grades
• Communicating the product quality needs of customers to the manufacturing teams
• Improving laboratory capabilities, including the selection of new equipment and the development of new test methods
• Reviewing trade literature regarding SBCs for consumer goods, wire, cable, automotive, medical devices, and industrial applications
• Working with the intellectual property team to document new SBCs or new applications

Requirements:
• 5 or more years of experience in working directly with customers
• 5 or more years of laboratory experience in Rubber or Thermoplastic Elastomer Processing, i.e., Extrusion, Compounding, or Injection Molding
• 5 or more years of experience working in project teams
• Experience with developing new applications is preferred.
• Experience with SEBS or other hydrogenated SBCs is preferred
• A bachelor’s degree in Chemistry, Engineering, or Material Science is required. A Master’s degree is helpful
• An education including Elastomers, Polymer Science, or Polymer Processing is preferred
• Up to 25% travel with sales staff is expected; destinations include, the United States and South America; possibly Asia and Europe
• Knowledge of Rubber and Thermoplastic Polymer Processing, including Polymer Rheology and Extrusion Equipment
• Knowledge of Rubber/Polymer Additive Chemistry, such as Antioxidants, Oils, Tackifiers, Pigments and Dyes, Slip Agents, etc.
• Ability to apply technical knowledge and innovative creativity to solve polymer processing problems
• Excellent communication and presentation skills
• Ability to handle business meetings, emails, and phone conferences with diplomacy
• Ability to compose well-written reports
• Ability to coordinate 2 to 5 simultaneous projects
• Ability to follow-through on both short-term and long-term product development
• Ability to work well in teams

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