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CooperVision, a unit of The Cooper Companies, Inc. (NYSE:COO), is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of soft contact lenses and related products and services. The Company produces a full array of monthly, two-week and 1-day lenses, all featuring advanced materials and optics. CooperVision has a strong heritage of solving the toughest vision challenges such as astigmatism and presbyopia; and offers the most complete collection of spherical, toric and multifocal products available. Through a combination of innovative products and focused practitioner support, the company brings a refreshing perspective to the marketplace, creating real advantages for customers and wearers. For more information, visit www.coopervision.com.

 

JOB TITLE: Scientist II

 

DEPARTMENT:  R&D Chemistry

 

JOB SUMMARY

Scientist position for development of polymeric materials and technology for contact lenses.  Requires in-depth understanding of structure-property relationships for polymers and complex materials, controlled release technologies for small and large molecules.  Strong knowledge of physical chemistry/polymer science, thorough analytical characterization skills, and creative problem solving skills are needed. Excellent team-work and communication skills are required. The ideal candidate will be a self-starter and can develop/pursue new ideas independently with minimum supervision.

 

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  • Generate novel concepts for new materials and additives for use in soft contact lens development.
  • Perform characterization of new and existing products and developing new characterization methods.
  • Engage with vendors and partners to leverage external technology as appropriate.
  • Communicate work (written and oral) through technical reports and presentations.
  • Manage time efficiently to deliver scientific results for research programs within timelines.
  • Collaborate with chemists, engineers, biologists, and clinicians in internal, cross-departmental, and/or external teams to identify challenges and develop solutions.
  • Keep detailed and organized laboratory notebooks and documentation.   

POSITION QUALIFICATIONS

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES

  • Research experience in physical chemistry, polymer chemistry, colloid science.
  • Experience with controlled release technologies for delivery of small molecules.
  • Knowledge of transport and interaction of water soluble polymers and proteins and through hydrogels.
  • Strong knowledge in polymer based systems such as films, coatings and gels (preferably contact lens).
  • Experience with relevant analytical techniques a plus – e.g. interfacial properties (surface/interfacial tension), micro structural analysis (SEM, X-ray techniques), surface properties (confocal microscopy, AFM) 
  • Excellent problem solving ability with minimum supervision.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and ability to work as a team player and handle multiple tasks simultaneously.

WORK ENVIRONMENT

  • Work in both a laboratory and office environment including prolonged sitting in front of a computer.
  • Utilize good safety practices and handling techniques of chemically and biologically hazardous materials.

EDUCATION

  • Ph.D. degree in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, or related discipline from an accredited college or university.

EXPERIENCE

  • 2-5 years of work experience in an industrial setting.  Controlled release experience preferred.