Avery Dennison Research Scientist in Mill Hall, Pennsylvania
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 more than 50 countries. Reported sales in 2020 were $7.0 billion. Learn more at www.averydennison.com.
Avery Dennison is seeking a dynamic individual to join the global Polymers, Adhesive and Coatings Center of Excellence (PACE) in Avery Dennison Label and Graphic Materials. The Research Principal will identify, develop and deploy new technology platforms to advance Avery Dennison’s innovation strategies and provide critical expertise in pressure sensitive adhesive chemistry and applications. The successful candidate will help translate business strategy to technical needs, engage internally and externally to identify and assess new ideas, and develop fundamental understanding necessary to bring new chemistry from idea to commercial success.
We are searching for someone who will offer technical leadership to PACE and AD’s technology organizations in the coordination and execution of platform activities within the PACE team in collaboration with the regional R&D, operations, and business teams.
We need someone who has experience engaging with cross-functional teams and is comfortable and driven to work independently towards business and organizational needs. We are also looking for someone to come with a growth mindset and bring new and evolving ideas!
Develop new to the industry or new to Avery Dennison technology to enable pressure sensitive adhesive, films or coatings development, including utilizing green and biodegradable polymer technologies.
Act as technical expert/mentor for the organization, including within R&D and across the business.
Collaborate with Avery Dennison’s global community in the area of sustainable development and strategy deployment.
Lead project teams doing technical platform research driven by business needs. Develop and implement comprehensive technical project plans. Determine resources, actions, and timelines for projects.
Make recommendations and progress reports to R&D and business leadership.
Conduct hands-on experiments and associated polymer/adhesive characterizations.
Supervise, coach and mentor technicians and junior scientists.
Collaborate with corporate intellectual property counsel regarding right to market, patent applications and office actions. Assist other scientists in patent activities and filings.
Expand core technology through careful study of the literature, new scientific discovery, external development, and development of intellectual property.
Transfer knowledge to fellow scientists via presentations, technical reports, and day-to-day interaction.
Design and/or synthesize pressure sensitive adhesives (PSA) or coatings
Maintaining an accurate electronic lab notebook and generating technical reports.
Actively participate in process safety management and employee safety programs and help to drive continuous improvement.
BS or MS with 12+ years of relevant experience or PhD with 8+ years of relevant experience in the field of Chemistry or Polymer Science
Demonstration of high level of mastery of polymer chemistry and design understanding.
Proven track record of commitment to safety culture and laboratory best practices.
Mastery of free radical polymerization methods and practice.
End user or business experience in the use of PSA's in the label, tape, or graphics industries.
Working understanding of chemical and physical plastics recycling industrial processes.
Proficiency in green polymer science, biodegradation, and compositiblity.
Accomplished technical mentor for junior scientist and other functional partners
Understanding of renewable/recyclable resources and industrial processes for recycling, or Green chemistries.
Detailed knowledge of rheological characterization and analytical/applications testing of soft matter such as pressure sensitive adhesives.
Demonstrated knowledge in using statistical design of experiments.
Synthesis and formulation experience in complementary chemistries and technologies such as polyesters, urethanes, silicones, epoxies, hotmelt glues, and radiation curing.
Proven skill in leading cross-functional teams composed of R&D, operations, commercial, and customer team members.
Demonstrated excellent verbal and written communication skills.
Well-developed time management skills with the ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously.
Ability to foster creativity/innovation while ensuring project progress and lab efficiency.
Experience with laboratory safety, chemical hazards, and full understanding of Safety Data Sheets.
Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and manage changing priorities.
Proven experience in managing Intellectual property, safe data handling, and collaboration with legal functions.
Willingness to travel domestically and internationally 10-20% of time.
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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