A Medical Device client in Orange County, is looking to identify and hire a Senior Polymer Chemist. Using a product designed by a Nobel Prize winning Scientist, our client is on the forefront of ground-breaking technology that will improve the quality of lens’ post-eye surgery. The Senior Polymer Chemist will be responsible furthering the understanding of raw materials and formulations used in the Light Adjustable Lens – a silicone intraocular lens. Key responsibilities include LAL silicone raw materials and formulation optimization, development and implementation of analytical techniques for testing, raw materials, intermediates and formulations and advance methodologies for understanding curing behaviors of silicones.
The Senior Polymer Chemist will be responsible for, but not limited to:
- Utilizing extensive knowledge of polymer chemistry principles for materials selection/management, formulation processes to enhance the scalability and quality of the Light Adjustable Lens.
- Determining the best route of polymer synthesis including multi-functional resin, and materials formulation.
- Performing polymer characterization and testing for production.
- Analyzing silicone raw materials, intermediate formulation mixes and final formulations using various state-of-the-art analytical techniques including GPC, HPLC, GC, rheometer, UV-vis.
Requirements for the Senior Polymer Chemist:
- Master’s degree or Ph.D. in Chemistry, Polymer Chemistry, or equivalent; and more than 5 years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
- Strong preference for a minimum of 5 years in medical devices industry where polymer chemistry is a critical element essential in the product.
- Strong background in synthetic and analytical techniques for Silicone and Polymer Chemistry.
- Extensive hands-on experience with silicone elastomers, silicone raw materials and formulation along with raw materials and polymer concepts, characterization and processing.
- Expertise in analytical chemical testing including gas and liquid chromatography, gel permeation chromatography (SEC), UV/Vis, FTIR, viscometer, rheometer.
- Extensive experience working in a GLP laboratory / facility environment. Knowledge of general GLPs, as well as good documentation practices.
- A “hands-on” leadership style that inspires a strong, cohesive, team-focused work environment.
- Effective analytical and problem-solving skills with the ability to apply creative solutions to challenges.
- Experience in medical devices is a plus.
- Experience in laboratory information management, analytical methods and manufacturing process development for Class III medical devices is preferred.
- Experience in deployment of LEAN/Six Sigma is preferred.