The world’s leading supplier of mineral-based specialty solutions for industry with 14,000 employees, operations in more than 40 countries, and €4.3 billion in revenue in 2022.
The PositionSenior Scientist
Sr. Materials Scientist
Location: Johns Creek Lab
Imerys is looking for an experienced hands-on researcher to:
Drive business growth, focused on new product development programs, process development, and application development.
Increase team’s core competency in the research and development of inorganic (mineral)/organic particulates for use in food and beverage production, animal feed, agriculture and pharmaceutical applications.
Build and lead New Product Development programs in response to customer needs.
Important to this role is the understanding, use and manipulation of interfacial chemistry to create new mineral-based solutions with breakthrough properties and performance, with a large component of this role involving direct lab work.
Key Tasks and Responsibilities
Promotes and maintains a safe work environment for self and others. Manages projects of moderate size & scope; makes substantial contributions to determining feasibility of team goals and objectives.
Leads or assists new product development including new particle/process/method development and/or testing and characterization tailored to applications, scale-up from laboratory to commercial scale including plant or customer site trials.
Responsible for taking New Product Development samples from the lab, or beta-products from production, to the customer to run validation trials, and bring back actionable results.
Lead resolution of complex multi-variable technical problems by planning, conducting, analyzing and interpreting carefully designed statistics-based experiments to rapidly determine root causes, and interconnection of variables.
Design tailored experiments to synthesize and benchmark the performance of synthetic inorganic materials based on specific customer requirements
Write technical reports documenting scientific work, analysis, and conclusions. Communicate results via technical and business-focused presentations.
Keeps current with technical literature and IP and use that knowledge to generate ideas for new products and applications, be a point-of-contact with our IP Legal team, translating discoveries and results into patent applications.
Builds and maintains relationships with technical counterparts at customers, service providers and marketing teams.
Leads or assists in external programs with universities/institutions or other Imerys business units to evaluate emerging technologies.
Facilitates development and professional growth of others including junior scientists and technicians
Skills and Attributes Requirements
Strong desire to work “hands-on” in our laboratory or at customers’ facilities.
Strong interpersonal and team work skills
Strong technical, troubleshooting & data analysis skills, strong communication skills (spoken and written).
Strong background in surface chemistry/surface modification preferred.
Capable of working independently, multi-tasking and balancing priorities while working on multiple projects concurrently.
Able to explain technical concepts in non-technical and clear language
Proficient in statistical analysis. Knowledge of Python and/or R a plus.
Experience with process chemistry and process development.
Proficient in the setup of standard analytical test methods. and can train analytical technicians to deliver accurate results.
Ability to lead a multi-disciplinary, multicultural, New Product Development project team
Ability to adapt to a fast-paced and changing operation.
Experience with water-soluble, crosslinking ionic/non-ionic polymers is a plus.
Experience with data analytics/machine learning in materials science applications is a plus.
PhD or MS in Material Science, Chemistry, or Chemical Engineering
At least 5 years’ experience in an industrial R&D function
Position TypeFull time
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