Avery Dennison Materials Scientist - Polymer Physics in Mentor, Ohio
Avery Dennison (NYSE: AVY) is a global materials science company specializing in the design and manufacture of a wide variety of labeling and functional materials. The company’s products, which are used in nearly every major industry, include pressure-sensitive materials for labels and graphic applications; tapes and other bonding solutions for industrial, medical, and retail applications; tags, labels and embellishments for apparel; and radio frequency identification (RFID) solutions serving retail apparel and other markets. Headquartered in Glendale, California, the company employs more than 30,000 employees in over 50 countries. Reported sales in 2019 were $7.1 billion. Learn more at www.averydennison.com.
Avery Dennison is looking for a dynamic individual to provide Polymer Physics support to harness scientific understanding to deliver highly practical and actionable intelligence. The position will be with the Materials Science and Characterization (MSC) Group, which primarily supports R&D activities globally at Avery Dennison’s Mentor, OH location, chartered to support and resolve technical problems from long-term projects to urgent manufacturing and quality issues stemming from across Avery Dennison’s global operations. Highly creative and agile problem solving rooted in meticulous scientific fundamentals, experiments, theory and computations to propose highly practical and actionable solutions to product and process development activities is sought.
Drive fundamental understanding and insights of sophisticated materials and phenomena (polymeric adhesives, gels, colloids and multi-layer laminates) and develop material structure-process-property correlations using Polymer Physics principles.
Interact with teams composed of experimental synthetic scientists, product developers and process technologists to develop the insights from physical models, theory and surgical experiments that enable exploration of design parameter space without need for extensive prototyping.
Develop and use models and custom crafted experimental methods for creating and evaluating material and laminate paradigms in the Avery Dennison Materials Portfolio.
Distill concepts to a highly fundamental level using scaling concepts, treating problems unified by similar physical/chemical processes as a class, leading to the development/refinement of new material concepts.
Develop and apply predictive computational materials science including particle based such as Molecular Dynamics, Dissipative Particle Dynamics, and multi-scale simulations and/or mean field approaches and computational approaches to materials kinetics spanning range of spatial and time scales and material systems with a high degree of practical focus to guiding/solving product and process technology activities.
Solve highly interdisciplinary problems in complex materials interactions discerning nonlinear interactions utilizing thermodynamics and kinetic of polymeric materials. Rapidly transform problems to a mathematical/physical basis and design experiments and simulations to address them.
Interface with rheology/spectroscopy/ physical testing & analytical/process/product development teams etc." to help surface relevant structure-property relationships and guide experiments to obtain data for model parameterization and validation.
Interpret data, write technical reports, and communicate research activities and results with other divisional scientists in a high-quality, professional, and timely manner.
Ph.D. in Polymer/Materials Science and Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Physics or a related discipline with thesis research centered on the Polymer Physics of soft matter, particularly using a combination of experiments, theory and simulations supported by a strong publication record.
Candidates with a minimum of 5 years, with a mix of post-doctoral and industrial experience preferred.
Demonstrated expertise in the materials science of soft visco-elastic materials such as polymers, adhesives, gels and composites. Doctoral and post-doctoral research that shows the utilization of deep polymer physical concepts to drive understanding of complex phenomena using a combination of experiments, theory and simulations.
Demonstrated ability in utilizing modeling and other relevant mathematical tools such as in particle based simulations (molecular dynamics, mesoscale simulations, dissipative particle dynamics), mean-field methods (Self-consistent and field theoretic methods), and materials kinetics.
Clear understanding of polymeric materials, relaxation behavior, and how chain composition, architecture and higher order structures (for ex. phase separation) relate to properties and the impact of process.
Excellent computer programming skills (C++, Python) and in the use of mathematical packages (Matlab, Mathematica etc…) in both Windows and Linux environments.
Demonstrated ability to think critically and solve problems using the above mentioned disciplines and techniques. Be comfortable in spanning theory, experiments and production environments.
Good organizational and planning skills; ability to balance multiple tasks and projects simultaneously.
Effective written and oral communications, high level of motivation, initiative, and energy.
Ability to work independently as well as in a diverse multi-functional team and ability to interact effectively with both internal and external customers.
Less than 10% travel expected
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, protected veteran status or other protected status. EEOE/M/F/Vet/Disabled. All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, protected veteran status or other protected status. EEOE/M/F/Vet/Disabled