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Advanced Molding Research Specialist (Woodbury/Maplewood, MN)

3M Maplewood, MN
  • Posted: September 27, 2019
  • Full-Time

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Job Description:

3M is seeking an Advanced Molding Research Specialist for the Corporate Research Process Laboratory (CRPL) located in Woodbury, Minnesota. At 3M, you can apply your talent in bold ways that matter. Here, you go.

Job Summary:

Within 3M Corporate Research Process Laboratory, the 3D Processing and Precision Replication Group serves as a launching pad for developing new business opportunities by innovatively combining 3M core technologies with new methodologies. The result is new to the world technology platforms that serve to nurture organic growth for 3M with new applications and products.

Advanced understanding of injection molding processes, equipment systems, and materials technology will be required for the position of Advanced Molding Research Specialist. The ideal candidate will be part of the Molding Technology Platform Research Team and must have strong plastic processing knowledge and creative ability to combine advanced tooling/equipment/system design, novel materials, and process optimization culminating in truly innovative new products and processes. Molding process optimization, tooling design, polymer materials, and polymer analytical techniques are fundamental to advancing the molding technology platform at 3M. The successful candidate will collaborate with 3M and external business partners to define and validate the product differentiation enabled by these new technologies.

Primary Responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:

Develop correlations among material properties, process parameters, and product attributes, thereby creating a fundamental understanding of cause and effect. The candidate will then transfer findings into process development, material formulation/compounding, and/or equipment design/modifications leading to new technologies within the molding platform. Characterization and analysis of optical, chemical, and mechanical properties of molded articles will be necessary.

The candidate will develop a deep understanding of molding industry trends and emerging technologies, identify opportunities for advancing the technology, expand 3M's intellectual property, and participate in strategic planning. The candidate must be able to present results in a clear and concise manner to multidisciplinary teams, making recommendations for change and extending capability by implementing potential advancements.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Possess a bachelor's degree or higher in a science or engineering discipline (completed and verified prior to start) from an accredited institution
  • Minimum of five (5) years of plastic processing experience working at a laboratory, pilot plant, and/or manufacturing plant in a private, public, government or military environment

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master's degree or higher in Polymer/Plastics Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Materials Science Engineering, or from an accredited university
  • 10+ years working with precision tolerance products and advanced injection molding techniques.
  • 10+ years of experience in injection molding or prototype lab setting
  • "Hands on, self-starter" orientation to their work
  • Broad interests and willingness to explore new areas
  • Strength in understanding injection molding process equipment, material selection, and polymer analysis
  • Possess superior interpersonal skills and demonstrated leadership skills
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills are essential
  • Ability to assess the existing technical literature and intellectual property landscape
  • Demonstrated Scientific Molding Process Optimization
  • Strategic mindset
  • Ability to work well in multi-disciplinary teams

Location: Woodbury / Maplewood, Minnesota

Travel: May include up to 10% domestic/international

Relocation: Is authorized

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