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Research and Development Engineer

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

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Field of specialization
Materials
Work Function
Research-Applied
Job Type
Full time
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Summary

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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