- Ability to secure and maintain a U.S. DOE Q-level security clearance, which requires U.S. Citizenship.
- PhD in Polymer Science, Polymer Engineering, Materials Science, Materials Engineering, Chemistry, or related field, or the equivalent combination of education and related experience.
- Advanced knowledge of the synthesis of polymer resins for engineering applications (e.g. silicones, TPU, nitriles).
- Advanced knowledge of polymer resin characterization, including chemical composition and molecular weight distribution analysis.
- Experience with mechanical (and/or rheological) and structural characterization of both resin and polymer material properties, using, for example, techniques such as DMA, rotational rheometry, swelling, thermal analysis, and/or load frame testing.
- Proven ability as a creative experimentalist, and a diverse range of experience in experimental design, techniques and execution.
- Authorship of peer-reviewed literature demonstrating the capacity to independently develop and execute original research.
- Advanced verbal and written communication as reflected by effective presentations at seminars, meetings and/or teaching lectures.
- The willingness and ability to self-direct and work independently, and to collaborate on multidisciplinary teams as required to reach research goals.
Additional qualifications at the SES.4 level
- Highly advanced knowledge of polymer characterization, including, for example, monomer sequence distribution analysis in copolymers, or analysis of measured mechanical/rheological properties and their relationship to structure.
- Subject matter expertise in the processing and/or rheology of filled (reinforced) polymer materials for engineering/industrial applications.
- Consultative direction of scientific personnel and complex projects
Qualifications We Desire
- Experience with polymer material additive manufacturing (AM), including synthesis of AM feedstock materials and/or actual AM fabrication processes.
- Experience with commercial gumstock and composite preparation processes such as roll mixing, intensive shear mixing, and/or extrusion.
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