Systima Technologies Chemical Materials Research Engineer Scientist (U.S Citizen Only, Aerospace & Defense) in Mukilteo, Washington
SUMMARY The Chemical Materials Research Engineer Scientist will be involved in understanding customer requirements, developing research plans, executing to meet program objectives, and measuring progress against cost, schedule and performance requirements. Problem solving is inherently multi-disciplinary and the ability to work within multiple teams simultaneously while pursuing multiple technical objectives is a daily requirement. Strong communication skills are needed for report and proposal writing, internal and external presentations, and daily coordination within the team. The environment is fast-paced, but highly flexible with many exciting problem-solving opportunities and room to define future areas of technical growth for the organization. Reports to the IPT Lead. * Staff (Service) - No supervisory responsibilities are anticipated. * Budget Expenditures - This will vary depending on active contracts. * Complexity (knowledge / technological) - Programs involve many disciplines: advanced polymer materials, high temperature materials, coatings, composites, sensors, electrochemical materials, and adhesives, are common examples, but not all-inclusive. * Complexity (product diversity) - Full spectrum R&D: concept development, design, fabrication, and testing of materials, components, and systems * Area of Responsibility - Program execution, report writing, proposal writing ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES * Demonstrate competence in basic computer usage including typing, MS Office, and web-based forms and applications * Work in a team-oriented environment * Communicate well verbally and in writing * Apply proactive and reactive problem-solving skills * Think analytically and communicate complex ideas to peers having different technical backgrounds * Perform in the fast-paced environment of a rapidly growing small business * Quickly understand new technology areas and manage and adapt to rapidly changing customer needs * Coordinate research and development spanning design, prototype, and test activities * Participate in multiple technical programs at once (typically 3 or 4 programs simultaneously) * Execute work, summarize results, and prepare reports as required * Give technical presentations to staff and customers as required PREFERRED KNOWLEDGE / SKILLS / EXPERIENCE To perform the job successfully an individual should demonstrate the following competencies: * Analysis: Understand drawings, technical literature, manufacturing processes, system specifications, and other customer requirements. Convert complex problems to discreet solvable action items. Use innovation & creativity to resolve difficult issues. Handle large data sets and accurately summarize results for rapid dissemination. Experience with plotting and analysis of data from DSC, TGA, DMA, EIS, FTIR, NMR, mass spec., electrochemical cycling, cyclic voltametry, XRD, SEM, TEM. * Design: Implement new technology from concept through detailed design. Refine concepts based on experiments and resulting data analysis. Document specifications enabling others to execute a detailed plan. Communicate concepts effectively to others from technicians through program managers. Demonstrate proficiency in graphical communication. Use advanced computer software as needed and ability to rapidly learn new software tools. * Lab experience: Use hand tools, power tools, personal protection equipment (PPE), and work in a common, mixed-use space with other users. Learn new hands-on fabrication and testing skills as needed. Pay careful attention to detail and maintain creativity. Work independently with little supervision. Specific experience with any of the following is a plus: chemical handling, chemical synthesis (organic, inorganic), composite manufacturing, resin manufacturing, prepreg manufacturing, chemical toll manufacturer management. * Project management: Demonstrate responsibility for quality, cost management, and on-time delivery. At a minimum, applicants will need to manage tasks or specific statements of work within a program. Past experience in the following areas is preferred: government contract management, customer interface, and proposal and grant writing. EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE * Minimum BS in Chemical Engineering, Materials Science & Engineering, or Chemistry from an accredited university * Minimum of 3 years’ experience in a research, product development, or engineering job function post-graduation * Ability to obtain and maintain a secret security clearance * Must be a U.S. Citizen BENEFITS AT SYSTIMA Systima Technologies is a dynamic and growing company. We work on innovative, fast-paced projects from concept to production. We offer a comprehensive benefits package including Paid Time Off, 401(k), paid holidays, medical/dental/vision coverage plans, education reimbursement, semi-annual bonuses and more. Plus, Systima has rolled out a new 9/80 work schedule with every other Friday OFF. Systima is an Equal Opportunity Employer. *In order to provide equal employment and advancement opportunities to all individuals, employment decisions at Systima are based on merit, qualifications, and abilities. Systima does not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, pregnancy, age, physical or mental disability, veteran status, genetic information, marital status, gender identity, sexual orientation or any other classification protected by law. *All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines. Systima is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In order to provide equal employment and advancement opportunities to all individuals, employment decisions at Systima are based on merit, qualifications, and abilities. Systima does not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, pregnancy, age, physical or mental disability, veteran status, genetic information, marital status, gender identity, sexual orientation or any other classification protected by law. All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.