We are currently seeking a Research Scientist to join our R&D team at our world headquarters in Perrysburg, Ohio.
We are currently seeking a Research Scientist who can help develop innovative processes for use in various stages of manufacturing glass containers, including melting, forming, conditioning, and coating. The desired candidate is a chemical engineer with a broad background in materials synthesis and experience in process scale-up. The candidate must have sound knowledge of chemical engineering principles, with an emphasis on inorganic materials processing techniques and some experience in scaling up synthesis approaches from bench top to pre-pilot/pilot scale. Basic knowledge of gas and liquid emissions regulations and mitigation strategies/technologies and an ability to work closely with regulatory agencies and/or external contractors to obtain regulatory permits is a plus.
(All other duties as assigned)
• Carry out exploratory research into new techniques, processes, and methods for manufacturing glass containers.
• Utilize open scientific and patent literature to quickly develop a basic understanding of the project subject matter and use this to define an experimental approach and future course of action.
• Prioritize execution while maintaining the focus on goals and objectives in multiple project tasks.
• Actively engage either as a member or a leader in project teams consisting of multidisciplinary scientists and engineers.
• Interface with external experts in the relevant fields and program areas to catalyze decision making and achieve critical milestones with respect to keeping technical progress on track.
• Understand air and water regulations with respect to test methodology and source performance standards.
• Communicate and document findings effectively across O-I’s R&D and Global Technology Organizations at all levels.
SCOPE AND IMPACT:
• Will be part of one or more teams responsible for developing high productivity glass container manufacturing processes and equipment.
• Provides technical expertise to their respective project team(s); specifically on new glass melting, forming, conditioning, or coating processes.
• Plans and executes independent work within the project team.
• Devises and implements approaches to solving problems.
• Comfortable in managing risks and recommending change.
• Will help direct tasks involved with process scale-up and at-scale demonstration.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
• M.S. in Chemical Engineering, Materials Engineering, or other closely related discipline, with minimum of 3 - 5 years experience working in industry, or a minimum of 2-3 years of industrial experience and degree PhD in one of the above disciplines, with a curriculum of advanced courses in advanced chemical processing, inorganic and/or organic chemistry, fluid flow, heat transfer, transport phenomenon, chemical thermodynamics, and reaction kinetics and reactor design.
• A high degree of knowledge and understanding of the fundamentals of inorganic and organic materials processing via solution-based approaches (e.g. sol-gel, controlled precipitation, wet coating process development, etc.).
• Strong analytical and problem solving skills in research and development or applied industrial research environment.
• Open-minded, with a strong desire to work within and contribute to an innovative R&D team.
• Strong communication and teaming skills, with an ability to work effectively across organization levels and functions to achieve desired results.
• Ability to adhere to quality and safety systems and maintain quality and safety standards.
• Some experience in high-temperature (> 1000°C) materials processing.
• Familiarity with structured product development (e.g. stage-gate) processes.
• Experience with various characterization techniques such as DSC, TGA, FTIR, XRD.
• Proficient with Microsoft tools: Word, Excel, PowerPoint.
• Familiarity with process modeling is a plus, including prior experience working with Computer Aided Engineering (CAE) analyst on the design of new equipment and utilizing modeling results to guide process operation development and process equipment design.
This position will report to the Chemistry and Materials Science discipline leader within the R&D department and to the technical leader of the project(s) to which the individual is assigned.
The position will require 10 – 15% travel, both domestic and international.
Must be able to perform the essential functions of the job with or without reasonable accommodations.
Owens-Illinois, Inc. (NYSE: OI) is the world's largest glass container manufacturer and preferred partner for many of the world's leading food and beverage brands. With revenues of $7.0 billion in 2012, the Company is headquartered in Perrysburg, Ohio, USA, and employs approximately 22,500 people at 79 plants in 21 countries. O-I delivers safe, sustainable, pure, iconic, brand-building glass packaging to a growing global marketplace. O-I’s Glass Is Life™ movement promotes the widespread benefits of glass packaging in key markets around the globe. For more information, visit www.o-i.com or www.glassislife.com.