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Senior R&D Technician

Libertyville, IL 60048

Posted: 01/25/2023 Employment Type: Direct Hire/Perm Job Category: Scientific Job Number: 535360 Is job remote?: No Country: United States

Job Description


Summary:

As the Senior R&D Technician, will be working in the R&D Ostomy Materials Analysis Group. The individual is a part of a larger team that works together to support cross functional team(s) in solving problems and developing new products and technologies. The individual can expect high collaboration and many opportunities to learn about materials and their properties and why they matter. Primary body of work focuses on manufacturing trouble shooting and supporting new product development. The individual can expect to interface with engineers and scientists along with their supervisor/team.  The Sr. R&D Technician performs assigned tasks and contributes to the execution of projects through laboratory testing and basic analysis of test data and plays an active role in the integration of new technologies, methods, research, and processes. Hollister Incorporated operates in a hybrid work environment.

Responsibilities:
  • Perform prescribed laboratory tests using established test methods and procedures
  • Assist with set-up, and maintenance of instruments and test equipment, including, but not limited to:  FTIR spectrometer, Differential Scanning Calorimeter (DSC),Thermogravimetric Analyzers (TGA), Optical and Digital Microscopes, MTS Tensile test systems, Kin-Tek Gas Generation System, Minicams Gas Chromatograph, HPLC, GC, Tensiometer, Microtome, pH, physical properties of materials, and Acoustic testing.
  • Assist in the development and validation (Gage R &R) of new test methods
  • Contribute to the development of work instructions and test methods or SOPs.
  • Prepares samples and prototypes
  • Creates and maintains effective and accurate records
  • Meets on-going training requirements related to such things as procedures and equipment use and maintenance
  • Completes departmental equipment maintenance checklists
  • Other duties as assigned

Documentation
  • Create and maintain effective and accurate records using laboratory notebooks, Biovia DocCompliance, MS Excel Spreadsheets, and the
  • Create laboratory reports detailing testing results and basic statistical analysis
  • Collaboration/Leadership
  • Demonstrates interest in team activities and positively contributes to outcomes
  • Ability to work independently, with direction from Senior Technicians, engineers, scientists, and Supervisor
  • Identify and suggest ways to improve inefficiencies and eliminate roadblocks
  • Stay current and up-to-date with training using LMS
  • Other duties as needed or required

 

Requirements:
  • 2-5 Years of overall experience is required
    • Level I: 2 year Associates Degree or Trade Certification (or equivalent experience) and 2 yrs of related experience
    • Level II: 2 year Associates Degree or Trade Certification (or equivalent experience) and 4 yrs of related experience
  • Bachelor’s degree Chemistry, Biology, Engineering, Materials Science or other Science/technical field a plus
  • Related work experience in a testing laboratory
  • Ability to read, understand, and follow test methods and other work instructions
  • Familiarity with stability protocols, and laboratory testing in a regulated environment
  • Working knowledge (hands-on experience) of some laboratory equipment.
  • Working knowledge of FTIR spectrometers, DSC, TGA, chromatography and SEM a plus
  • Ability to troubleshoot and identify servicing requirements and failure modes of instruments and equipment a plus
  • Ability to prioritize projects based on timelines and business needs
  • Proficient in the use of Microsoft Office Suite (Outlook, Word, Excel, and Power Point)
  • Strong communication skills-verbal and written
  • Understanding of basic statistical analysis
  • Advanced knowledge of MTS Tensile Test Station, and Test Suite software, including mathematical calculations, conversions and formulations a plus
  • Aptitude and interest in research to support work is a plus
  • Knowledge of polymers and other material properties is a plus
Intake Notes:

HM: Aurora Hirst (https://www.linkedin.com/in/aurorahirst/)
Location: Libertyville, IL
Salary: 65-69k for Sr level, 55k for Junior but they’re preference is Sr level
Non exempt
No bonus
vacation and sick – 2 weeks vacation 6 sick 3 floating (This will be discussed in the first interview with TA)

Senior R&D Tech, analytical instrumentation and lab practices
Ideally looking for a female and diverse color race gender AND in exp and company.  They don’t want just candidates from Abbott etc
If they want to grow into engineer – they would need to have a degree
Interview process:
  • 1st round: 30 min phone with sylvia – background and bennys
  • 2nd Aurora: teams call
  • Would like them to come in to do a lab tour and meet Mack and Sam nd some other team members and maybe a lunch
Hours: hours are flexible If they want to go to the gym before or after work they can basically choose their hours.  Aurora really prioritizes mental and physical health! flex with remote.  Starting will be in office for training and collaboration – then eventually they would be able to have a day or 2 remote for report writing
Training Process: team effort, Mack and Sam will help train on their areas of expertise, shadow with them and training from sylvia on technical aspects, about 3 months  - more instrumentation and technology, then start expanding expertise
Education Requirement:
  • Bach recent grad (would need academic lab exp
  • Associates 2 yrs,in lab
  • High school with 4 yrs in lab
  • More interested in the experience than the degree
Required Skills:
  • lab exp academia acceptable or industry
  • exposure to analytical instrumentation,– FTIR spec chromatography, microscope exposure – less wet chem
Flexible Skills:
  • lab report
  • generating results/reports,
  • familiarity working with protocols and following SOPs
Additional Skills, Abilities,:
  • Soft skills:
  • close knit team
  • Collaborative
  • someone who wants to learn and work with each other,
  • ready for a challenge, they have nonstandard, high urgency requests
  • fast pace, be able to pivot
  • Hm will work with them a lot
Candidates from Cardinal baxter and abbott might be diff in respect to the R&D mindset bc they do more quality testing there whereas in this group at Hollister, they do a lot of nonstandard testing
 


Summary:

As the Senior R&D Technician, will be working in the R&D Ostomy Materials Analysis Group. The individual is a part of a larger team that works together to support cross functional team(s) in solving problems and developing new products and technologies. The individual can expect high collaboration and many opportunities to learn about materials and their properties and why they matter. Primary body of work focuses on manufacturing trouble shooting and supporting new product development. The individual can expect to interface with engineers and scientists along with their supervisor/team.  The Sr. R&D Technician performs assigned tasks and contributes to the execution of projects through laboratory testing and basic analysis of test data and plays an active role in the integration of new technologies, methods, research, and processes. Hollister Incorporated operates in a hybrid work environment.

Responsibilities:
  • Perform prescribed laboratory tests using established test methods and procedures
  • Assist with set-up, and maintenance of instruments and test equipment, including, but not limited to:  FTIR spectrometer, Differential Scanning Calorimeter (DSC),Thermogravimetric Analyzers (TGA), Optical and Digital Microscopes, MTS Tensile test systems, Kin-Tek Gas Generation System, Minicams Gas Chromatograph, HPLC, GC, Tensiometer, Microtome, pH, physical properties of materials, and Acoustic testing.
  • Assist in the development and validation (Gage R &R) of new test methods
  • Contribute to the development of work instructions and test methods or SOPs.
  • Prepares samples and prototypes
  • Creates and maintains effective and accurate records
  • Meets on-going training requirements related to such things as procedures and equipment use and maintenance
  • Completes departmental equipment maintenance checklists
  • Other duties as assigned

Documentation
  • Create and maintain effective and accurate records using laboratory notebooks, Biovia DocCompliance, MS Excel Spreadsheets, and the
  • Create laboratory reports detailing testing results and basic statistical analysis
  • Collaboration/Leadership
  • Demonstrates interest in team activities and positively contributes to outcomes
  • Ability to work independently, with direction from Senior Technicians, engineers, scientists, and Supervisor
  • Identify and suggest ways to improve inefficiencies and eliminate roadblocks
  • Stay current and up-to-date with training using LMS
  • Other duties as needed or required

 

Requirements:
  • 2-5 Years of overall experience is required
    • Level I: 2 year Associates Degree or Trade Certification (or equivalent experience) and 2 yrs of related experience
    • Level II: 2 year Associates Degree or Trade Certification (or equivalent experience) and 4 yrs of related experience
  • Bachelor’s degree Chemistry, Biology, Engineering, Materials Science or other Science/technical field a plus
  • Related work experience in a testing laboratory
  • Ability to read, understand, and follow test methods and other work instructions
  • Familiarity with stability protocols, and laboratory testing in a regulated environment
  • Working knowledge (hands-on experience) of some laboratory equipment.
  • Working knowledge of FTIR spectrometers, DSC, TGA, chromatography and SEM a plus
  • Ability to troubleshoot and identify servicing requirements and failure modes of instruments and equipment a plus
  • Ability to prioritize projects based on timelines and business needs
  • Proficient in the use of Microsoft Office Suite (Outlook, Word, Excel, and Power Point)
  • Strong communication skills-verbal and written
  • Understanding of basic statistical analysis
  • Advanced knowledge of MTS Tensile Test Station, and Test Suite software, including mathematical calculations, conversions and formulations a plus
  • Aptitude and interest in research to support work is a plus
  • Knowledge of polymers and other material properties is a plus
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