Avery Dennison Sr. Research Associate in Mill Hall, Pennsylvania
Avery Dennison Corporation (NYSE: AVY) is a global materials science and manufacturing 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 approximately 30,000 employees in more than 50 countries. Reported sales in 2018 were $7.2 billion. Learn more at www.averydennison.com.
We are seeking a hands-on Research & Development Chemist with technology and product development responsibilities in the development of energy cured materials with emphasis on acrylic polymers. The Sr. Research Associate will have demonstrated skill in photochemical mechanisms, acrylic polymerization, polymer processing, and a deep fundamental understanding of rheology. The position spans basic polymer research, post-polymerization formulation and process modifications for both technology platform and customer-specific initiatives with a focus on energy cure systems.
Lead project teams doing research and development in the area of energy cured systems. Develop and implement technical project plans. Determine resources, actions and timelines for project. Make recommendations to terminate a project due to feasibility issues.
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 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 external partners on technical matters often requiring coordination between organizations.
Actively participate in process safety management and employee safety programs. Help drive improvement via inputs into raw material selection and process modifications.
PhD in Chemistry or Polymer Science or BS/MS with appropriate years of experience in photochemical mechanisms, polymer design, synthesis and scale-up.
Minimum 15 years R&D experience in acrylic polymerization, acrylic pressure sensitive industry a plus.
Experience in industrial product development using energy cured technology is highly desired.
End user experience in the use of PSA‘s in the label industry.
Outstanding technical writing ability.
Detailed knowledge of rheology characterization and analytical/applications testing of pressure sensitive adhesives.
Demonstrated knowledge in using statistical design of experiments.
Synthesis and formulation experience in complementary chemistries and technologies such as urethanes, silicones, epoxies, hot melts and radiation curing.
Track record of implementing creative and innovative technologies.
Demonstrated excellent verbal & written communication skills.
Well-developed time management skills with the ability to balance and/or lead multiple projects simultaneously.
Consistent track record of leading multi-functional teams comprised of R&D, Operations, Legal, and Commercial/Customer personnel.
Ability to foster creativity/innovation while ensuring project progress and lab efficiency.
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