Description of duties and responsibilities:
This position reports to the Manager, Materials Science/Chemical Research. The candidate’s primary responsibility is the development or selection, and qualification of activated carbon-based sorbents, catalysts, and filtration media for the removal of toxic airborne contaminants.
Specific responsibilities include:
Working with cross-functional, new product development teams to establish the design, performance and cost requirements of air-purifying elements used in respirators. Working with industry-related/government agencies in the development of respiratory protection standards. Establishing and implementing test programs that will demonstrate that the correct sorbent(s), catalyst(s) and/or filtration media have been selected for an air-purifying application. Developing safe, reliable methods to generate and detect toxic gas/vapor atmospheres (for the testing of respirator cartridges and gas mask canisters). Identifying areas within the current product line that can be improved to give greater service life performance. Supporting manufacturing in the resolution of sorbent, catalyst and filtration media issues associated with current products. Keeping appraised of innovative air-purification technologies by tracking technical journals, attending conferences, and networking with experts in air-purification. Developing analytical models which predict the adsorption and catalytic performance of air-purifying respirators. When necessary, performing analytical/instrumental analysis of non-sorbent related materials, e.g., polymerics, metallic, etc., used in other MSA product areas. Expected travel is a maximum of 10%.
Special knowledge, skills and abilities required:
· Fundamental knowledge of solid-gas phase reactions, and the mechanisms of air filtration.
· Demonstrated knowledge in the performance of activated carbon sorbents, catalysts and particulate filtration media.
· Experience with analytical tools such as IR, GC, GC-MS, and wet chemistry techniques.
· Knowledge of OSHA and NIOSH regulations, and ASTM procedures.
· Awareness of techniques such as Design of Experiments, DFSS, and various methods of instrumental analysis (FTIR, GC-MS, SEM, EDS, etc.)
· Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects.
· Strong written and oral communication skills.
Education and experience required:
· A Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Engineering or Chemistry.
· Two or more years of “hands-on” experience with the selection, analysis and use of sorbents and catalysts, and with various instrumental analysis techniques.
· This position is available at two different career levels depending on experience, education, etc:
o Level one: Three + years of relevant academic/industry experience required
o Level two: Five years of relevant academic/industry experience required
o MS degree may be substituted for up to 2 years of relevant experience, PhD equivalent to 4 years.
· Ph.D. Chemical Engineering or Chemistry
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