Materials Laboratory Scientist

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One of our clients in industrial manufacturing are currently looking for a Graduate Materials Laboratory Scientist to be based in Blackburn on a permanent basis.

PRIMARY FUNCTION:

  • To carry out materials development activities in line with the strategic plan of the business
  • To conduct testing and analysis in support of internal and external customers
  • To manage all relevant materials certifications and testing requirements
  • To maintain and monitor the appropriate regulations, materials compliance, standards and approvals (FDA, REACH, USP,3A , WRAS, etc.

REPORTS TO:

Materials Development Manager

TYPICAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • A thorough understanding and experience of conducting conventional mechanical, and rheometric property testing of polymers
  • Familiar with measuring physical properties of Elastomers like Hardness, Tensile strength, Modulus, Elongation at break, Density, Compression set
  • Experience in running and interpreting Rheometer data, such as minimum / maximum elastic torque, scorch times, cure times
  • Experience of conducting analysis of polymers using Laboratory Analytical Equipment (TGA, DSC, TMA, FTIR, etc)
  • Proven experience with the standard thermal analysis techniques used to study the behavior of polymers, with emphasis in thermoset materials.
  • Familiar with FTIR analytical technique and its use to investigate the composition and any chemical changes in the structure of a polymer sample
  • Desirable, though not essential, understanding and experience in the mixing, extrusion and moulding of rubber compound
  • Experience with milling rubber compounds in twin roll open mills and extrusion
  • Hands on experience with compression moulding or injection moulding or rubber components
  • Ability to collaborate with external laboratories, Universities and Suppliers to manage all external testing requirements
  • Liaise with external partners to plan and oversee testing activities
  • Use of testing equipment at external laboratories to carry out post application investigations
  • Manage and carry out customer support material analysis and testing
  • Manage all incoming requests for post application analysis and customer support.
  • Prepare post application analysis reports for customer
  • Knowledge and demonstrable ability to work with Microsoft Office tools, particularly Excel spreadsheets
  • Good knowledge of MS Word for the preparation of customer analysis reports
  • Good knowledge of MS PowerPoint and presentation skills
  • Familiar with creating, handling and maintaining MS excel spreadsheet and data analysis
  • Desirable, but not essential, knowledge of MS Project Gantt charts
  • Undertake customer and supplier visits when necessary, within and beyond the UK

ORGANISATION REQUIREMENTS:

  • Needs to develop effective relationships:
  • The rest of Materials Laboratory Technicians Team
  • Scientists within the R&D Department
  • Quality, Continuous Improvement and Engineering Teams
  • NPD and NPI and Application Engineering teams
  • Other departments who can have an influence on their individual KPIs

EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS:

  • Relevant experience, preferably in a rubber Laboratory or Manufacturing site.
  • A degree, or higher, in a chemistry-related field
  • Good understanding of mechanical properties testing and use of analytical equipment
  • Good verbal and written communication skills
  • Able to work as part of a team
  • Well organized
  • Ability to work with minimum of supervision
  • Strong prioritization skills
  • Ability to manage own workload
  • Accurate, numerate with good attention to detail
  • Customer focused
  • Able to work well under pressure
  • Not essential, but desirable, O/A level standard in a science subject
  • Self motivated
  • Prepared to learn new skills and develop
  • Eyesight in line with DVLA
  • Good analytical mind and problem solving skills
  • Ability to process and interpret complex and confidential information
  • Ability to understand technical documentation and basic engineering drawings

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