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Plastics / Materials Development Engineer

Your Role:

At MilliporeSigma, the R&D New Product Development team in Burlington, MA is seeking a hands-on Plastics / Materials development engineer to implement appropriate materials for new consumables, hardware, and instrumentation that meet our life science customers’ needs in an environmentally sustainable and responsible way. 

  • Support product specification development for new product designs by researching and presenting material options (plastics, elastomers, metals, ceramics, etc.)
  • Analyze and characterize materials with in-house tools and by working with outside organizations. Examples include Metrology (CMM, optical comparator), Tensile testing, SEM, spectrometry, Rheometry, structural analysis, etc.
  • Characterize materials for manufacturing methods such as injection molding, casting, forming, etc.
  • Design fixtures and procedures to evaluate materials and designs. 
  • Work with R&D team to investigate new materials and surface treatments to advance Life Science applications (i.e. cell and protein research, bioseparation). Create reports and present findings to development teams.
  • Interact with a multi-disciplinary team of scientists, engineers, designers, etc. to solve complex problems and communicate recommendations. 
  • Attend conference and trainings to continually advance knowledge in new materials, treatments, and sustainability. 


Who You Are:


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Plastics, Materials or related Engineering discipline and 3+ years of experience in plastics or materials engineering


  • Master’s degree in Plastics, Materials or related Engineering discipline


Preferred Qualifications:

  • In depth understanding of various plastic materials, rubbers, metals, etc. as it relates to device design. Understanding of sustainable design principals. 
  • Experience with analytical tools including Digital microscopy, Tensile testing, SEM, Spectrometry, Rheometry, etc.
  • Experience with product design, particularly plastic part design for injection molding.
  • Understanding of manufacturing methods such as injection molding, blow molding, casting, thermoforming, extrusion, etc.
  • Proficient with analytical and design software including Solidworks (or Creo), MS Office, Minitab.
  • Experience creating and evaluating prototypes with various techniques such as machining, 3D printing, molding, casting, thermoforming, etc.
  • Experience with complex problem solving, designing of experiments, analyzing, and presenting findings.
  • Basic understanding of Life Science applications (i.e. cell and protein research, bioseparations). 
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently, as well as in a diverse team environment.
  • Excellent inter-personal and communication skills with the ability to work with scientists, engineers, design, molding, manufacturing, and suppliers.
Job Requisition ID:  211391
Location:  Burlington
Career Level:  C - Professional (1-3 years)
Working time model:  full-time

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