Materials Scientist (On-Site)

November 16, 2022

Materials Scientist (On-Site)

Cold Chain Technologies
Published
November 16, 2022
Location
Franklin, Massachusetts
Category
Job Type

Description

JOB DESCRIPTION:

Under the direction of the Director, Research & Development, The R&D Scientist plans, participates in, and manages projects that address a wide range of research and development initiatives, with a focus on developing new components of thermal packaging systems and improving the performance of existing systems. The R&D Scientist develops new materials and processes, recommends and evaluates new instrumentation and techniques for material property characterization, and supports the Manufacturing function in new product scale up as well as trouble-shooting and process improvement.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Leads designated R&D projects and activities according to the annual R&D Plan, with the overall goal of developing new products and processes, improving or better documenting existing products and processes, providing science and technology support to other departments within CCT, and enhancing the scientific capabilities of the organization as a whole.
  • Evaluates novel technologies and materials, including phase change materials (PCMs), high performance thermal insulation, refrigerant films/containers, and refrigerant gels/foams.
  • Designs and executes R&D experiments to develop new materials or improve existing ones, which includes general and CCT-specific experimental techniques:
  • Thermal and physical property characterization, e.g. calorimetry, thermal conductivity, rheological/viscosity profiles, solids content, syneresis measurement
  • Chamber/validator programming, wiring of thermocouples and/or pack out of thermal shipping systems.
  • Weighing, mixing, and gelling/curing formulated compositions.
  • Analyzes and communicates scientific results:
  • Maintains a detailed laboratory notebook, analyzes raw data using statistics as well as applying more complex software-assisted analysis and CCT-specific calculation tools
  • Writes protocols, reports and presentations, often covering complex technical issues, that communicate results and conclusions clearly and concisely
  • May co-author or present materials such as white papers, trade show presentations, papers in scientific journals
  • Through example and guiding the performance of others, safely maintains a state-of-the-art laboratory where there is effective sharing of space and equipment, including
  • Ensures assigned areas and activities are compliant with all safety guidelines and CCT’s 5S procedure including Safety Data Sheet file and inventory listing
  • Introduces new R&D laboratory equipment and procedures, including recommending and evaluating new test instruments, ensures the general maintenance and upkeep, writes SOPs and trains new users
  • Performs experiments independently as well as supervises the work of interns or technical staff as needed
  • Procures laboratory, chemicals and supplies
  • Supports CCT Manufacturing in a scientific/technical role
  • Supports Company-wide initiatives e.g. actively participates in quality initiatives such as ISO internal audits, 5S audits, and Six Sigma teams
  • Assists the Associate Director of R&D and/or other CCT technical staff with project management including:
  • Plans project tasks, sets the timeline for deliverables, and adjusts the scope and priority of activities to meet the overall project plan
  • Recommends capital purchases, controls spending within expense and capital budgets
  • Participation in visits/discussions with suppliers to meet project deliverables

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Self-starter with a proven ability to work in a small, fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment.
  • Hands-on, data-driven with a focus on results.
  • Maintains a positive attitude and remains flexible in finding ways to move projects forward.
  • Interacts effectively with all levels and functions to achieve project goals.
  • Strives to develop skills and knowledge and to collaborate with peers at a high technical level.
  • Negotiates realistic commitments and keeps others informed on progress and obstacles.
  • Strong organizational skills and demonstrated ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously; must be flexible and able to adapt to changes in priorities.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills; strong interpersonal skills and ability to work with others in a positive & collaborative manner.
  • Physical activity consistent with the laboratory including standing for extended periods, manual dexterity, good visual and observation skills, and the ability to lift objects weighing maximum 50lbs occasionally and lesser amounts more frequently
  • Available for occasional travel

Special Requirements (License, Permit, Certification, Physical Limitations, etc…):

  • Proficient in using MS Office tools (excel, word, powerpoint) and Minitab or similar statistical tools to analyze and present experimental data

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree in a science, technology or engineering discipline; expertise in chemistry, polymer, or materials science preferred.
  • Minimum of four years of applicable experience in an academic or industrial laboratory/ R&D setting; must have superior hands-on skills
  • Experience working in an ISO- or FDA-regulated environment with requirements for Change Control, Design Controls, Risk Analysis, SOPs for laboratory equipment and processes.
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