Position: Polymer Scientist
Nitto Denko Technical Corp has one immediate opening for a highly motivated and creative chemist to join our location in Oceanside, CA. This position seeks to synthesize and evaluate new polymers for a surface modification application.
Essential Job Requirements
PhD in Chemistry or Polymer Science and Engineering and 0-5 years industrial experience OR MS with minimum 5 years industrial experience
Experience with polymer synthesis or processing is a must
In-depth knowledge of organic chemistry
In-depth knowledge of structure-property relations and materials properties; ability to design materials to desired properties
Broad experience in polymers such as bulk radical polymerization, controlled/”living” radical polymerizations, surface grafted polymers, copolymer formulations, core-shell polymer nanoparticles, etc.
Strong awareness of safety of chemicals and reactions, ability to handle materials that are sensitive to air, light, and moisture.
Proven ability to follow detailed SOPs and perform analytical techniques such as GC, LC-MS, FTIR, UV-Vis, and NMR
Experience in analytical method development is a plus (e.g. HPLC analysis of complex mixtures)
Highly motivated and self-driven individual with the ability to work independently, and multi-task under aggressive timeline to support team and corporate objectives
Experience in surface modification using design materials
Experience in biomolecules such as proteins and amino acids
Experience with water based polymers
Small molecule and monomer design, synthesis, and purification (in addition to polymer experience)
Duties and Responsibilities
Design, and conduct the synthesis, purification and characterization of polymer or small molecules of interest
Contribute to analytical method development and continuous improvement of existing analytical methods
Maintain excellent laboratory records, and write reports and research summaries as required
Interact closely with other scientists to develop comprehensive solutions
Participate in intellectual property creation
Physical Job Requirements:
Office/Lab environment. Lifting up to 50 pounds may be required. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use their hands and fingers to operate a computer keyboard, mouse, and telephone keypad or to write, as well as talk and hear. They are required to stand, walk or sit, reach with hands and arms, stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to focus.
Disclaimer: This job description reflects management’s assignment of essential job duties; and nothing in this herein restricts management’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time