Avery Dennison Sr. Research Associate 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 32,000 employees in more than 50 countries. Reported sales in 2020 were $7.0 billion. Learn more at www.averydennison.com.
This role is for a hands-on applied research & development chemist, polymer scientist, material scientist, or related R&D expert with primary responsibilities in application development and technology advancement of acrylic based energy cured materials. The Senior Research Associate will have demonstrated skills in acrylic polymerization, polymer processing, application development, and product commercialization. The position emphasizes applied research in acrylic polymerization, polymer modification, post-polymerization formulation, process development, and scale-up. The primary responsibility of this role is in defining application space potential and crafting product prototypes derived from radiation cure technology for prioritized key product and business segments
We offer a comprehensive suite of benefits such as health, life, dental, and vision insurance programs, plus 401(k) matching, vacation, and flexible work arrangements.
Collaborate closely with product managers to build performance space maps of key commercial segments to be in line with product portfolio gaps and strategies.
Develop project plans and run projects based on performance requirement maps for prioritized commercial segments inclusive of determining resources, actions and timelines. In addition, provide critical assessment of probability of technical success to support decisions to move forward or terminate the project.
As required, lead projects from prototypes to product development to scale-up and commercialization.
Conduct hands-on polymerizations of adhesives or coatings via multiple free radical mechanisms including; thermal, actinic, controlled architectured and associated polymer/adhesive characterizations. Supervise and coach technician and lab support colleagues.
Patent liaison work with corporate council regarding right to market, patent applications and office actions. Assist other chemists in patent activities and filings.
Build and expand core energy cure technology through careful study of the literature, new scientific discovery, external development and development of intellectual property.
Transfer knowledge to fellow chemists via presentations, technical reports and day-to-day interaction. Train and coach junior colleagues in the theory and application of conventional and new polymerization technology.
Represent the organization as the prime technical contact on contracts and projects. Interact with senior external personnel on significant technical matters often requiring coordination between organizations.
Actively participate in process safety management and employee safety programs. Help drive continuous improvement via inputs into raw material selection and process modifications.
BS/MS in chemistry, polymer science, material science, or related subject area will be considered with demonstrated success in acrylic polymerization, polymer design, and general synthesis leading to successful commercial scale-up and product launches. PhD is preferred.
5 years of R&D experience in acrylic polymerization required.
Detailed knowledge of acrylic polymerization fundamentals, polymer processing, and detailed analytical and rheological characterization with preference toward pressure sensitive adhesives.
Demonstrated track record of implementing creative and innovative technologies.
Demonstrated knowledge in using statistical design of experiments.
End user experience in the use of PSA‘s in the label industry.
Proficient in English with outstanding technical writing ability.
Demonstrated verbal & written communication skills.
Well-developed prioritization skills with the ability to lead multiple projects simultaneously.
Consistent track record of leading teams comprised of R&D, Operations, Legal, and Commercial/Customer partners.
Ability to foster creativity/innovation while ensuring project progress and lab efficiency.
Acrylic pressure sensitive industry a plus.
Synthesis and formulation experience in complementary chemistries and technologies such as urethanes, silicones, epoxies, hot melts and radiation curing is considered a plus.
Experience in photopolymerization and photomechanics.
Experience in industrial product development using energy cured technology is preferred but not required.
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.
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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