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Research and Development Engineer

Millennitek LLC
Knoxville, Tennessee
Competitive Salary, Bonus potential
Closing date
Jan 16, 2022

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Lead the development of new products and processes, mainly in the area of advanced ceramic materials, to meet the company’s strategic market and manufacturing objectives. This role involves working on R&D projects with a small internal team with the goal of growing the company through new product development, as well as collaborating with external partner companies, national labs, and universities.

Essential duties and responsibilities

  • Plan, lead, and execute research projects to develop new materials for diverse applications including energy technology, aerospace, manufacturing, and nuclear ceramics
  • Apply educational background and engineering experience to the formulation, design and development of new products and processes.
  • Organize laboratory and manufacturing trials to evaluate new ideas based on scientific, engineering and statistical principles.
  • Apply statistically designed experiments to new product development.
  • Develop competitive grant proposals for new products or processes, using technical writing skills within the areas of materials, chemical, and electrical engineering.
  • Collaborate with external partner companies, national labs, and universities on research projects
  • Assist Sales and Marketing on their evaluation of potential customers’ products and processes and make recommendations for new or existing products.
  • Participate with personnel from R&D and other departments to perform projects requiring cross-functional coordination.
  • Successfully complete major projects in a timely manner, within budget.
  • Reports to the Vice President, R&D

The above is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties and responsibilities required. Other duties may be assigned.

Education and experience

  • Minimum requirement of a Master’s degree in Materials/Chemical Engineering preferred.
  • Degree in other Scientific Disciplines may be considered.
  • Minimum of 2 years laboratory experience in an industrial R&D environment is preferred
  • Hands-on experience with material characterization techniques such as SEM/EDS, laser particle size measurements, XRD, wet chemistry, optical microscopy/metallography sample preparation, furnace operation (inert gas, vacuum, other atmospheres) are desired, but not necessarily required.
  • Experience/knowledge of ceramic materials, fuel cell/battery chemistry, ultra-high temperature materials, and/or non-oxide ceramics, would be considered an advantage.
  • Experience with technical grant and report writing is preferred.
  • Proficiency in statistical data analysis and presenting technical material to larger audiences
  • Self-motivated, with the ability to deliver results without management supervision.
  • Proven ability to make significant technical scientific advances utilizing internal and/or external resources is desired.
  • Experience to lead and supervise laboratory employees is desired.

Other Requirements:

  • Must be capable of occasional (1-2 days/month maximum) travel to customer sites, industry shows, and technical meetings. 
  • Some lifting of up to 50 pounds may be occasionally required
  • U.S. work authorization is required

Work Schedule and Benefits

  • Full-time, Monday-Friday (8:30-5:00 typically), Flex-Time is available
  • Generous PTO
  • Medical, Dental, Vision, 401(k), and other benefits are offered
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