Material Scientist
MakerBot Industries - Brooklyn, NY

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This is an individual contributor role. Primary focus is: development of specialty filaments for the use in 3D printing applications
Key Areas of Responsibility
This position is responsible for the identification of new materials and the development of the understanding of filament behavior for the purpose of addressing current and future needs.
Utilize expertise in material and composite science to predict the performance enhancements based on changes.
Develop and lead external collaborations in support of their project objectives where appropriate.
Coordinate and communicate tracking of filament development projects.
Analyze product failure data and laboratory test results to determine causes of problems and develop solutions.
Devise testing methods to evaluate the effects of various conditions on particular materials.
Evaluate manufacturing process constraints based on one's own knowledge and the observations of the manufacturing team members, propose and implement solutions.
Calculate production, labor, and material cost, and estimating future requirements.
Actively participate in program updates with executive management and issues action items to assigned team members. Manage and prepare quality documentation for the release to manufacturing.
Set up tooling and run extrusion equipment for multiple materials and configuration daily
Maintain and keep equipment calibrated, including preventive/predictive maintenance maintenance.
Maintain product and company reputation by complying with government regulations; develops, implements and champions manufacturing safety initiatives
Maintain safe and effective working standards for all personnel
Provide high level communication summaries and presentations for management
Job Qualifications
Bachelors in Polymer Science, or Polymer Physics, Physics, Chemistry, Materials Science, or Materials Engineering, or a related discipline., PhD in Material Science preferred
Familiarity with polymers, continuous fibers, and reinforced (soft) composites is required.
Understanding and interpretation of composite design/testing is required.
Proficiency in the statistical design and analysis of experimental data is required.
Adaptive and flexible interpersonal skills, collaborative nature, and commitment to innovation are required.
Exceptional communication and technical documentation skills are required.
Familiarity with FEA modeling (techniques and boundary conditions) in materials is preferred.
5-10 years' experience on a manufacturing team
Excellent oral communication & report, business correspondence & procedure-writing skills.
Change agent with energy, passion, and enthusiasm to drive change.
Ability to multitask and handle tasks with competing priorities effectively.
Excellent people skills, 'on the shop floor' attitude, hands on
Demonstrated understanding of product development lifecycles, design change and document change control, product and process verification and validation methodologies, and manufacturing / production process control methodologies.
Bonus Qualifications
Familiarity with 3D printing or MakerBot
About Us
Founded in 2009, Brooklyn-based MakerBot has grown to be a global leader in desktop 3D printing. MakerBot had 16 percent market share of all 3D printers (industrial and personal) made from 2009 to the end of 2011. In 2011, MakerBot had 21.6 percent market share. In 2012, MakerBot estimates that it now has a 25 percent market share of the 3D printer market. There are more than 15,000 MakerBot Desktop 3D Printers in use by engineers, designers, researchers, and people who just like to make things. The MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D Printer has been named Popular Mechanics “Overall Winner” for best 3D printer and was honored as one of Time Magazine's Best Inventions of 2012. In addition, MakerBot was named “Best Emerging Tech” at the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show, won Popular Mechanics Editor's Choice Award, the Popular Science Product of the Year, and recently was awarded the Fast Company 2012 Innovation by Design Award as well as being named by Fast Company as “One of the World's Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Consumer Electronics.” And MakerBot was recently awarded a TechCrunch Crunchies Award for best hardware start-up. The company has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, the Economist, Wired, The Colbert Report, Fast Company, Engadget, Make: Magazine, Rolling Stone,, IEEE Spectrum, CNN, Financial Times, NPR, Vogue Italia and many others.

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