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Applications Development Engineer - Polymer (870-3403)

Located in the heart of New York’s Finger Lake region, our Ithaca Research and Development center is the product development and new technology hub for Aramco Performance Materials. The center focuses on developing innovative new materials and chemistries to support the company’s product development and technology strategies.

Basic Function

As a specialist in their field, the Senior Lab Scientist provides professional advice and assistance in the resolution of complex laboratory-related technical problems in the areas of chemistry, chemical science, industrial microbiology, or other applied industrial sciences associated with operational problems at Aramco Performance Materials (APM) facilities.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Design and execute experiments in support of individual projects
  • Design, plan and conduct research of commercial and strategic importance to the company
  • Undertake investigative projects of significant scope with minimum supervision as well as original investigations relating to technical problems outside the scope of available literature
  • Keep current with significant developments in the field of specialization; expected to use these in high investigative assignments when applicable
  • Document and present results in the form of comprehensive professional Technical Reports; Review existing patents
  • Maintain and update working knowledge of applicable state-of-the-art laboratory instrumentation
  • Interact with customers/industry to understand product/process requirements and provide necessary support
  • Transfer product formulations, process, and specifications to manufacturing team and provide support as needed
  • Lead collaborative research with other R&D areas of the company, e.g., analytical chemistry, process engineering, applications, etc., for increased intellectual property opportunities and future business advancement of APM or Saudi Aramco
  • Publish in relevant journals and present in conferences
  • Participate in all Lab Specific Activities including EHS
  • Provide and manage a safe, accident-free laboratory environment; follow all company safety rules in performing job duties
  • Serve as a team leader and participate in major investigative projects as assigned
  • Perform other miscellaneous related duties as requested

Education and Experience

  • Master’s degree in Science/Engineering/Physics/Mathematics Discipline as appropriate for the area of expertise for the assigned job required; PhD is highly preferred
  • Nine (9) years’ experience in a substantive industrial, technological or laboratory area relevant to the jobs assignment required, additional years of experience strongly preferred
  • Minimum five (5) years’ experience of polyurethane formulation, polyol development, and/or technical support experience in rigid foams, flexible foams, TPU, and/or CASE applications strongly desired
  • Must have the ability to work independently or a part of a project team
  • Must possess strong presentation skills and be comfortable speaking in a public setting
  • Must have the ability and a proven track record in completion of development projects with aggressive timelines and varying degrees of complexity
  • Must be able to communicate and comprehend accurately, clearly and concisely in English at a level required to perform the job as outlined
  • Must possess good work habits, a strong work ethic, and be able to adhere to company work hours, policies, and standard business etiquette


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