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Sr. Research Scientist
GAF Materials Corporation in Ennis, Texas
 
 
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Date Posted 02/13/2018
Category
Science-Engineering
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled
 
 
 
 
 

We are looking for a Research Scientist who will work in materials and product development for exterior waterproofing applications on commercial and residential roofs. Their primary role will be to improve existing core products and develop new products to meet customers evolving needs.  The successful candidate will be a well-rounded Materials Scientist/Polymer Scientist with skills and knowledge in both bulk and surface science of polymeric materials. This includes experience in evaluating, characterizing and developing coatings/adhesives.

 

This position also requires detailed knowledge of rheology and polymer technologies especially as applied to the development of thick film or membrane composites. The product development approach is expected to advance fundamental understanding of materials and composite behavior. The Research Scientist will also work closely with other external technical groups as well as Marketing, Operations and Sales to identify new opportunities for innovation in GAF products.

 

Specific responsibilities will include, but not be limited to:

  • Initiating, and collaboratively planning and conducting, waterproofing system development projects from inception through commercialization.

  • Identifying new product, process and raw materials development opportunities for waterproofing systems, components and accessories

  • Improving/developing advanced characterization and analytical techniques to understand product performance, with a focus on product failure mode analysis and fundamental understanding of material behavior.

  • Leveraging design of experiment techniques to plan and perform testing and conduct trials in the laboratory and production phase of product development

  • Using statistical methods, scientific and engineering principles and computer modeling to analyze and interpret experimental data and help make data-based technical decisions.

  • Leading and executing plant trials that validate performance of new product constructions.

  • Fabricating product prototypes and conducting field evaluations

  • Employing creativity to solve open-ended problems while assuring precision in experiments, as well as sound decision making.

  • Distilling high-level theoretical concepts into practical, useful product platforms, features and innovations.

  • Work with internal and external test organizations and suppliers to ensure certification analysis and testing is effectively accomplished.


 

Requirements:

  • Minimum MS in Material or Polymer Science/Polymer Chemistry – PhD preferred coupled with 7-10 years’ product development experience in flexible polymer film composites, thick film and or waterproofing applications.

  • Strong knowledge of material property testing and characterization. Experience with DMA, TMA, mechanical testing, DSC, TGA, XRD, FTIR, SEM, GPC, and Rheometry equipment.

  • Experience with design of polymer modified compounds for durable, exterior applications.

  • Knowledge of colloid and surface chemistry, emulsions, dispersions, and surfactants.

  • Working knowledge in engineering mechanics, heat and mass transfer, and composites failure mode analysis.

  • Experience championing technical projects--demonstrated strengths in leading, teaching, coaching, and mentoring others.

  • Demonstrated ability to take a product concept from the laboratory to the plant and ultimately to commercialization. 

  • “Hands on” experience in a working lab setting, preferably with full-scale process experience.

  • Familiarity with film, coating and web converting operations preferred.

  • Experience with asphalt chemistry/rheology a plus.

 

 

At GAF, we believe our employees are our greatest resource. We offer competitive salary, benefits, 401k and vacation package for all full-time permanent positions. GAF is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and is an affirmative action employer. We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity or Veteran status. If you have a disability or special need that requires accommodation, please let us know. Must be eligible to work in the U.S. without need for employer-sponsored visa (work permit). If you are an internal employee, please do not apply here. Please click on the Careers bubble in Workday, which can be accessed via the GAF HR Portal.

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