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Senior Polymers Consultant

Company: Exponent
Location: Bowie
Posted on: February 16, 2020

Job Description:

Exponent is a leading engineering and scientific consulting firm that brings together more than 90 different disciplines to solve the most pressing and complicated challenges facing stakeholders today. Our vision is to engage the brightest scientists and engineers to empower clients with solutions for a safe, healthy, sustainable and technologically complex world. We leverage over 50 years of experience in analyzing accidents and failures to advise clients as they innovate their technologically complex products and processes, ensure the safety and health of their users, and address the challenges of sustainability.

We offer opportunities for you to expand your engineering or scientific knowledge amidst experts from top programs at over 500 universities. At Exponent, you will apply your experience, technical skills, and prior academic research to a fulfilling career in consulting. You will have the opportunity to develop continuously through formal and informal development programs, coaching and mentoring, and involvement in a wide array of projects. We are excited about your interest in joining our growing team!

Key statistics:

* 1100+ Team members

* 900+ Consultants

* 550+ Ph.D. s

* 30+ Offices globally

We are currently seeking a senior level consultant for Principal Scientist position for our POLYMER SCIENCE AND MATERIALS CHEMISTRY Practice in Bowie, MD. In this role you will will lead and collaborate with a team of scientists that participate in a variety of client-facing projects related to physical, chemical and mechanical behavior of macromolecules. Desired skills include performance and durability of polymers in end use applications, service life prediction of polymeric materials, polymer characterization, polymer and composite processing (e.g. extrusion, resin transfer molding, injection molding), polymer resin formulations, adhesive and sealant chemistry, and polymer mechanics. The ideal candidate will be developing and adhering to project budgets, presenting high level technical information to a variety of technical and non-technical audiences, and will be expected to develop business by obtaining new projects and bringing new clients to the firm. This position requires some travel and will involve collaboration with scientists and engineers from other Exponent offices and practices.

You will be responsible for:

* Using expertise in the physical, chemical, and mechanical performance and durability of polymers in infrastructure and other end use applications

* Identifying, developing, and securing new business opportunities and promote Exponent through existing contacts

* Attracting, developing, and enhancing new projects and clients

* Maintaining strong relationships with existing clients

* Development and mentoring staff in both technical and business areas

* Providing project management and project budget oversight

* Publishing and presenting study findings

* Providing strategic consulting and expert witness work

* Inspecting, analyzing, and testing to address the specification and reliability of polymeric materials in a variety of applications ranging from building materials to consumer products to medical devices

* Analyzing root cause of a wide variety of failures related to issues arising in development, manufacturing or use of products manufactured for the construction, medical device, consumer electronics, and pharmaceutical industries

* Leading project teams to meet client needs while adhering to budget and deadline requirements while directing and mentoring junior staff

* Gathering information from and conveying technical conclusions to individuals in engineering, business, law and industry

* Developing business through external marketing and professional development activities to obtain new projects and bring new clients and business opportunities to the firm

You will have the following skills and qualifications:

* Ph.D. in Materials Science, Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering or a related field

* 20+ years of related industrial experience

* A strong theoretical and practical knowledge of macromolecules and associated characterization techniques

* Experience with sampling techniques and statistical data analysis for FTIR, DSC, TGA, DMA, Rheology, Fractography, Chromatography and Microscopy (optical and electron based techniques)

* Project management experience

* Excellent written and verbal communication skills

* Superior problem-solving abilities

* Strong educational and publication credentials

* Strong teamwork and leadership skills

We value and encourage diversity and inclusivity across all facets of our firm. Having a team built of people with different backgrounds, skills and perspectives allows us to provide better value to our clients and enjoy an enriched work environment.

Our firm is committed to offering a variety of programs and resources to support health and well-being. We believe that providing competitive benefits as well as compensation and recognition programs empowers our staff to do work that makes a difference.

Exponent is a proud equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other protected status.

If you need assistance or accommodation due to a disability, you may call us at +1 (650) 688-6968 or email hr@exponent.com.
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