Job Details

  • Title: Polymer Laboratory Technician
  • Code: RCI-81008
  • Location: North Chicago Illinois (IL) 60064
  • Posted Date: 01/13/2020
  • Duration: 6 Months
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  Job Description

Sr. Laboratory Technician -  Center for Materials Characterization

Internal Job Title: Scientist – Technical Support


Job Description

As a member of our Materials Characterization Team, you will play a key role in improving product performance by building expertise on the product’s materials properties. You will use engineering and analytical principals to work with products, components, and processes in a collaborative environment to implement product improvements. Your particular focus will be R&D and on-market product technical support and improvement.



  • Conducts chemical analysis of polymers, reagents, raw materials, resins and additives by FTIR and XRF.
  • Analyzes samples by microscopy.
  • Performs sample separation, filtration buffer preparation, pH testing.
  • Performs various tests to determine if outcomes are within parameters and reviews completed process
  • Interprets results of tests and consults the outcomes.
  • Maintains complete and accurate records of all testing activities. Documents testing process.
  • Prepares written reports.
  • Provides support for major projects that have potential impact on product quality, cost and supply.
  • Cleans and performs daily maintenance on equipment as necessary.
  • Adheres to environmental and safety procedures associated with lab processes and procedures.


  • Minimum 3 years industry experience in laboratory settings


  • Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree in STEM, Chemistry, Materials Science, Polymer Science, or equivalent;
  • Demonstrated initiative and problem-solving skills; critical thinking skills;
  • Ability to design experiments, analyze and interpret data, and document conclusions;
  • Ability to collaborate effectively with multidisciplinary team members and also to work independently;
  • Very strong investigational skills, drive to understand and solve problems;
  • Propensity for continuous learning and experimentation.
  • Experience with statistical software.
  • Will work with samples that include human blood and blood components using procedural controls and personal protective equipment.


  • Microscopy
  • Solution preparation, filtration, pH testing
  • Knows instruments