R & D Chemist - Conformal Coatings

Location Berkshire
Discipline: Chemicals, Coatings, Polymers
Job type: Chemist
Salary: £Highly Competitive & Excellent Benefits
Contact name: Laura Merritt

Contact email: laura@merrittrecruitment.com
Job ref: 142
Published: 3 months ago

​Our client is a leading innovator and manufacturer of coatings, supplying customers around the world in the electronics and affiliated industries. They are seeking an experienced Chemist to join the R & D team based in the UK. This wide-ranging role with involve product innovation, testing, scale-up and customer trials. All levels of experience will be considered, and formal training and mentor will ensure career development.

  • Reporting to the Head of Development you will liaise with the R&D Team UK and USA, QC department UK, Production Team UK, Technical Support and Sales Team UK & USA

    Key member of R&D team working to develop and test new Conformal Coatings.

Research & Development

  • Design and development of new Conformal Coating materials

    Formulation work preparing multiple samples of coatings to establish effects of formulation variations

  • Examining key properties of coatings - physical properties, chemical properties, electrical resistance properties.

  • Testing performance of new raw materials to establish usefulness in new formulations.

  • Use of Automated Selective Coating equipment to coat test specimens to check performance in environmental tests

  • Visits to customer sites to trial developmental materials

Working as part of cross-department project teams:

  • Develop and validate new manufacturing processes:

    Scale up of newly developed products

  • Improvements to manufacturing processes to reduce costs

  • Validate alternative sources of current materials

  • Test performance of existing and new coating products to assist with customer material qualifications

  • Assist Technical Support team to assist with customer technical enquiries

  • Contribute towards QA Processes (such as APQP / TS16949)

  • Take ownership of individual New Product Introduction projected:

  • Ownership of all stages of new product introduction

  • Preparation of customer technical reports and datasheets

 Candidate Profile:

  • Experience of manufacture or testing of advanced chemical products such as coatings, adhesives, paints is preferred but not essential.

    Good understanding & experience of laboratory test methods

  • Experience with Viscosity, Rheology, FTIR and related laboratory instruments advantageous

  • Must possess a keen eye for detail

  • Must be organised, methodical & able to prioritise

  • Must be used to working in Project Team environment

  • BSc or PhD in Chemistry or Material Science is preferred

In return our client will offer professional development and training, opportunity to travel and progression. An attractive salary and benefits package are on offer.