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Researcher III, Paints & Coatings: Innovation
AkzoNobel
AkzoNobel has been pioneering a world of possibilities to bring surfaces to life for well over 200 years. As experts in making coatings, there’s a good chance you’re only ever a few meters away from one of our products. We’re active in more than 150 countries and have set our sights on becoming the global industry leader. It’s what you’d expect from the most sustainable paints company, which has been inventing the future for more than two centuries.
Position Summary:
The Researcher III will provide the contribution into development of the innovative sustainable portfolio of AkzoNobel. Prepare, test, develop, analyze and research new coatings, crosslinking mechanisms and resins. Establish new coatings chemistries and contribute to the realization of objectives of innovative developmental projects.
Key Accountabilities & Responsibilities:
Technical Lead (parts) of significant for business complex projects
Identifies shortcomings in current processes and procedures and suggests improvements
Identifies new routes/technologies and solutions to technical challenges/problems.
Participates in the global projects and ensure executing and delivery using own area of expertise
Internally recognized across multiple business functions as expert in a specialty / field
Identifies new product/process optimization, technical solutions and innovation
Keeps current on uses and improves relevant research methods in the field, ensures retention of knowledge through research reports
With IP group manages & files IP applications and analyzes 3rd party IP
Skills & Qualifications:
Ph.D. in chemistry / chemical technology with 5 years of experience
Master's Degree in chemistry / chemical technology and 7 years of experiences or
Bachelor’s Degree in chemistry / chemical technology and 10 years of experience
Link: https://careers.akzonobel.com/job-invite/26078/
R&D Specialist III
AkzoNobel
AkzoNobel has been pioneering a world of possibilities to bring surfaces to life for well over 200 years. As experts in making coatings, there’s a good chance you’re only ever a few meters away from one of our products. We’re active in more than 150 countries and have set our sights on becoming the global industry leader. It’s what you’d expect from the most sustainable paints company, which has been inventing the future for more than two centuries.
Job Purpose:
This job is for developing new products and / or maintaining existing products; it requests some professional work knowledge and experience to evaluate, select, and apply standard scientific techniques, processes, and criteria in the development, adaptation, and modification of new and existing products and technologies.
Key Responsibilities:
Complete assigned tasks related to the research and development of new products, new technologies, and updates of existing products using assigned materials and methods.
• Plan/schedule short term (<6 months) activities and assignments and complete assigned tasks according to established plans and priority.
• Provide technical assistance and support to Production, Sales, and Marketing in support of product scale-up, quality control, application testing, and other cross-functional activities.
• Maintains detailed technical records in the form of a Laboratory Notebook or Computer Databases.
• Provide progress reports, monthly and quarterly reports, technical plans, and project summaries to ensure appropriate communication of project status
• Maintain and develop professional contacts including company personnel, vendors, and customers
Job Requirements:
A Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry or a related scientific field with 3-6 years of relevant experience; paint and coating related working experience preferred.
• Knowledgeable of materials, products, and technologies frequently used within the scope an assigned project or laboratory group organization.
Link: https://careers.akzonobel.com/job/Troy-R&D-Specialist-III-MI/922895001/
R&D Researcher
AkzoNobel
AkzoNobel has been pioneering a world of possibilities to bring surfaces to life for well over 200 years. As experts in making coatings, there’s a good chance you’re only ever a few meters away from one of our products. We’re active in more than 150 countries and have set our sights on becoming the global industry leader. It’s what you’d expect from the most sustainable paints company, which has been inventing the future for more than two centuries.
Job Purpose
As the Researcher II you will develop, prepare, execute and analyse research elements in new film products and to develop new and improve existing coating formulation and film casting methodology, in line with the strategic objectives of AkzoNobel.
Key Responsibilities
• Delivering results on time for longer term projects, ensuring quality and feasibility, according to business needs
• Protection of AkzoNobel technologies
• Functional guidance of junior chemists/technicians
• Identify new technologies/process optimization and technical solutions and new application opportunities for coatings and paints and shares these with other professionals
• Sets-up, plans, executes, analyses, interprets and reports experiments within own unit
• Keeps current on uses and improves relevant research methods in the field, ensures retention of knowledge through research reports
• Participates in projects and ensures execution and delivery of technical results
• Formulates and presents solution directions and issues advice at request or at own initiative
Job Requirements
Required Qualifications/Experience:
• PhD in chemistry / chemical technology with 3 years of experience
• Master's Degree in chemistry / chemical technology and 5 years of experiences or
• Bachelor’s Degree in chemistry / chemical technology and 10 years of experience
• Knowledge and hands-on experience in coating formulation and applications is preferred

Link: https://careers.akzonobel.com/job/Lancaster-R&D-Researcher-SC/883298901/
R&D Specialist III
AkzoNobel
AkzoNobel has been pioneering a world of possibilities to bring surfaces to life for well over 200 years. As experts in making coatings, there’s a good chance you’re only ever a few meters away from one of our products. We’re active in more than 150 countries and have set our sights on becoming the global industry leader. It’s what you’d expect from the most sustainable paints company, which has been inventing the future for more than two centuries.
Job Purpose:
The R&D Specialist III is responsible for developing new film products and / or maintaining existing products. This role will require you to have some professional work knowledge and experience to evaluate, select, and apply standard scientific techniques, processes, and criteria in the development, adaptation, and modification of new and existing products and technologies while under the guidance and supervision of Group Leader or similar.
Key Responsibilities:
Complete assigned tasks related to the research and development of new products, new technologies, and updates of existing products using assigned materials and methods.
• Plan/schedule short term (<6 months) activities and assignments and complete assigned tasks according to established plans and priority.
• Provide technical assistance and support to Production, Sales, and Marketing in support of product scale-up, quality control, application testing, and other cross-functional activities.
• Maintains detailed technical records in the form of a Laboratory Notebook or Computer Databases.
Job Requirements:
A Master’s with 0 - 4 years of R&D experience or bachelor’s degree with 5 to 10 years in Chemistry or a related scientific field
• 2-4 years of relevant R&D experience; coating and/or film related working experience preferred.
• Knowledgeable of materials, products, and technologies frequently used within the scope an assigned project or laboratory group organization.

Link: https://careers.akzonobel.com/job/Lancaster-R&D-Specialist-III-SC/881107301/
Chemist, Paints & Coatings
AkzoNobel
AkzoNobel has been pioneering a world of possibilities to bring surfaces to life for well over 200 years. As experts in making coatings, there’s a good chance you’re only ever a few meters away from one of our products. We’re active in more than 150 countries and have set our sights on becoming the global industry leader. It’s what you’d expect from the most sustainable paints company, which has been inventing the future for more than two centuries.
Position Summary:
The Chemist will develop, prepare, execute and analyze research elements (e.g. problems, questions, ideas) in own discipline and develop new and improve existing research methodology, in line with the R&D strategy
Key Accountabilities & Responsibilities:
• Conduct research and development of new products, new technologies, and updates of existing products using innovative ideas, materials, and test methods.
• Ensure robustness in all phases of research and development using accepted techniques including DOE, FMEA, SPC, and others as required.
• Provide technical assistance and support to Production, Sales, and Marketing in support of product scale-up, quality control, application testing, and other cross-functional activities
•Provide progress reports, monthly and quarterly reports, technical plans, and project summaries to ensure appropriate communication of project status and needs
•Maintain and develop professional contacts including company personnel, vendors, and customers
Position Qualifications:
•Bachelor’s Degree, or Master's degree in Chemistry and/or Material Science
•Ability to organize and present data in graphical and tabular formats.
•Ability to interpret data and develop insights based on knowledge of chemical structures and reactivity, propose, and test hypotheses, and draw conclusions.
•Ability to apply concepts of algebra, geometry, basic statistics, and computer spreadsheet
calculations.
Link: https://careers.akzonobel.com/job/Troy-Chemist%2C-Paints-&-Coatings-MI/911420901/
R&D Specialist, Paints & Coatings
AkzoNobel
AkzoNobel has been pioneering a world of possibilities to bring surfaces to life for well over 200 years. As experts in making coatings, there’s a good chance you’re only ever a few meters away from one of our products. We’re active in more than 150 countries and have set our sights on becoming the global industry leader. It’s what you’d expect from the most sustainable paints company, which has been inventing the future for more than two centuries.

Position Summary:
The R&D Specialist II owns execution of defined pieces of a project or Lab Work Request under the supervision of a project leader or manager. The R&D Specialist anticipates or suggests work required or follow-up experiments to achieve an objective.

Key Accountabilities & Responsibilities:
• Understand the purpose of formulation components and reformulate to solve straightforward customer (internal/external) problems with minimal supervision
• Manage the assigned LWR /projects, including timeline and planning, on a weekly timescale
• Provides data-driven insights to support diagnostics and resolution of issues in manufacturing, application, and formulation
• Summarize test data in the form of spreadsheets, reports, and presentation; draws conclusions
• Infer next course of experimental actions from completed testing and results
• Represent R&D and work effectively with cross-functional groups including but not limited to quality control and pilot plants
• Provide direct support to sales, marketing and supply chain efforts through reports, presentation, and customer interaction
Qualifications:
• 4 year degree in a laboratory science, preferably chemistry, materials science, or chemical engineering
• Some work experience in chemistry or coatings industry is preferable, though appropriate academic experience can be substituted
• Excellent background in chemistry/polymers
• Excellent verbal and written communication
• Available to travel, as necessary

Link: https://careers.akzonobel.com/job/Strongsville-R&D-Specialist%2C-Paints-&-Coatings-OH-44136/895149901/
Chemist, Project Leader
AkzoNobel
AkzoNobel has been pioneering a world of possibilities to bring surfaces to life for well over 200 years. As experts in making coatings, there’s a good chance you’re only ever a few meters away from one of our products. We’re active in more than 150 countries and have set our sights on becoming the global industry leader. It’s what you’d expect from the most sustainable paints company, which has been inventing the future for more than two centuries.
Position Summary:
The Chemist, Solution Lab Project Leader is responsible for coatings’ technology sold into the packaging marketplaces which can include beverage and food internal and external coatings. As a Chemist in R&D, you will work closely with the group lead and technical lead on various key business projects and support the day-to-day business needs of internal and external customers.

Key Accountabilities & Responsibilities:
• Conduct research, develop, analyze, maintain and improve existing and future products
• Product formulation and knowledge of coatings fundamentals and raw materials.
• Application and evaluation of packaging coatings through methods including but not limited to spray and draw down which will be used in various critical to quality tests.
• Support scale up of products and process transfer to Huron and Columbus plant.
• Participate in product trials at customer’s plants
• Ability to handle interaction with: Customers, Sales, Quality Control, Production, and/or Suppliers.
• Ability to supervise technicians, entry-level chemists and temporary employees
Education & Skill Requirements:
• Bachelor of Science in Chemistry with minimum 5 years of coatings industry experience
• Experience in formulating Polyester, epoxy, acrylic, or urethane solvent and/or waterborne coatings
• Self-starter; able to work on multiple task with minimal direction and strong capability in prioritizing workload
• Strong verbal and written communication
• Proven problem solving and critical thinking capabilities

Link: https://careers.akzonobel.com/job/Strongsville-Chemist%2C-Project-Leader-OH-44136/888569701/
Research and Development Engineer
FANUC America Corporation
FANUC America Corporation is the world leader in robotics, CNC systems and factory automation and has been voted by our employees as a Top Workplace year after year. FANUC America is searching for a Research & Development Engineer in our Paint Application Product – Hardware group to support the development and engineering of fluid delivery parts and systems used in automotive painting. The successful candidate will grow in this roll and have the opportunity to gain experience in all phases of the product life cycle, including:
o Areas of component design, material selection, flow control, atomization of paint and understanding the behavior of these elements as they impact the performance, reliability, and cost of equipment for automotive painting
o In addition to new product research and development assignments, the engineer will also be assigned to resolve issues with current products and installations.
o Selection and packaging of Fluid control components
o Develop component and assembly designs
o Define and implement required analysis for fluid flow problems.
o Support investigation of customer issues including hardware problems, color change issues and interdisciplinary problems related to paint applications.
o Design of fluid delivery components and machined parts
o Specification of dimensions and tolerances for new components, including GD&T.
o Execute validation and performance tests for paint equipment.
o Work in in interdepartmental teams to concurrently create new robotic painting systems.
o Create technical procedures and content for product documentation
Ideal candidate will have the following experience and education:
o BS in Mechanical or Aerospace Engineering, Masters Degree a plus
o Strong interest or experience in fluid mechanics or fluid control equipment
o Ability to read and create mechanical engineering drawings
o Willingness to learn Solidworks, Mathcad, and PaintTool
See more about this position at www.fanucamerica.com/about-us/careers .

Link: https://www.fanucamerica.com/about-us/careers
Senior Research and Development Mechanical Engineer
FANUC America Corporation
FANUC America Corporation is the world leader in robotics, CNC systems and factory automation and has been voted by our employees as a Top Workplace year after year. FANUC America is searching for a Product Development Engineer in our Fluid Flow and Hardware group to support the development and engineering of fluid delivery systems used in automotive painting. Primary responsibilities will include:
Will work in areas of component design, material selection, flow control, atomization of paint and how they impact the performance, reliability, and cost of equipment for automotive painting
Define and implement required analysis for fluid flow problems.
Troubleshoot and investigate customer issues including hardware problems, color change issues and interdisciplinary problems related to paint applications.
Review and approve designs and drawings of other engineers
Development of dimensions and tolerances for new components, including GD&T.
Develop and execute validation and performance tests for paint equipment.
Develop and track project schedules, budgets, and manage multiple concurrent assignments to meet customer requirements
Create technical procedures and content for product documentation
Ideal candidate will have the following experience and education:
BS Mechanical or Aerospace Engineering, or equivalent relevant experience, MS Engineering and/or a focus on Fluid Control preferred
Experience in product development, especially some which required work in fluid flow and analysis preferred
Previous experience with fluid control equipment and / or electro pneumatics preferred.
Experience working in electrostatics and/or paint atomization a plus
Basic aptitude for mechanisms and fluid control elements
Basic aptitude for reading engineering drawings
Experience reading and creating engineering drawings
Willingness to learn Solidworks, Mathcad and PaintTool
See more about this position at www.fanucamerica.com/about-us/careers

Link: https://www.fanucamerica.com/about-us/careers/career-postings
Product Engineering Specialist-Automotive OEM
Axalta
The Product Engineering Specialist will support developing and implementing program/product strategies in support of Axalta’s Services Strategy. Provide technical expertise to customers in support of our automotive coatings’ portfolio including the development and application of products, processing techniques and resolution of complex problems. Support and lead projects delivering new products to the market. Coordinate the activities of other functions (Technology, Marketing, Sales, and Operations) and other business units in support of the product strategies.
Link: https://axalta.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/en-US/Axalta/job/Greater-Detroit/Product-Specialist---CB3---M_2023-1773-1?q=Product+engineer
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