Sr. Scientist, Analytical Sciences in New Kensington, PA at Arconic

Date Posted: 9/26/2018

Job Snapshot

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  • Location:
    100 Technical Drive
    New Kensington, PA
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  • Experience:
    At least 3 year(s)
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Job Description

Primary Purpose of the Job:
  • The primary purpose of this position in the Analytical Sciences department is to provide technical leadership and testing support to multiple lab areas, including elemental, organic chemistry, thermal, and physical measurements.  The selected individual must have broad technical knowledge and hands-on experience with a variety of analytical techniques and instrumentation. 
  • The selected individual is responsible for maintaining close partnerships with Arconic project teams, business units, and plant locations to establish a strong working knowledge of project processes, materials, and products.  The ability to leverage technical expertise in analytical chemistry to deliver innovative testing solutions and solve complex project problems is a key skill.
Major Activities / Key Challenges:
  • Provide strong technical leadership across multiple test areas within the department by developing customized analytical methods, managing work flow, and demonstrating strong data interpretation skills; identify and implement efficiencies to current processes as needed.
  • Partner with Arconic project teams, business units, and plant locations to develop a strong working knowledge of projects/processes and deliver sound technical guidance and analytical solutions that drive project success; lead department projects and cross-functional teams to achieve project objectives.
  • Demonstrate ability to characterize materials and develop customized test methods for a variety of sample matrices, including metal alloys (primarily aluminum, titanium, and nickel), metallic powders, ceramics, lubricants, etc.
  • Exhibit strong problem solving skills; demonstrate troubleshooting skills with advanced analytical instrumentation.
  • Perform advanced data interpretation utilizing instrument software, Excel, and statistical tools.
  • Communicate results and drive project implementation through technical reviews, detailed technical reports, and technical presentations.
  • Continually monitor new developments in the field of analytical chemistry and implement where appropriate to ensure Arconic remains a leader in the industry.
  • Demonstrate a strong quality commitment; implement measurement capability studies and laboratory quality control processes; ensure adherence of test methodologies to specifications and quality system requirements for ISO 17025, NADCAP, and IATF 16949 accreditations.
  • Support Arconic EHS policies and programs
Essential Knowledge & Skills / Education:
  • M.S. degree in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Materials Science, or Physics.
  • Hands-on experience with a variety of analytical techniques and instrumentation, including elemental, organics, thermal, and physical measurements.
  • Proven ability to develop and implement new analytical methods
  • Capable of providing technical leadership and support to multiple test areas within Analytical Chemistry
  • Baseline knowledge of alloy systems and additive manufacturing processes
  • Proven ability to handle multiple tasks with a high degree of accuracy in a fast-paced environment
  • Ability to process complex data sets using Excel and basic statistical tools
  • Excellent technical writing and presentation skills
  • Must have a positive, collaborative, and highly adaptive work style


Basic Qualifications:
  • Master's Degree in Chemistry, Science, Chemical or Materials Engineering, Materials Science, or Physics from an accredited institution.
  • Minimum 3 years industrial laboratory experience
  • Employees must be legally authorized to work in the United States.  Verification of employment eligibility will be required at the time of hire.  Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.
  • This position is subject to the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) which requires U.S. person status.  ITAR defines U.S. person as an U.S. Citizen, U.S. Permanent Resident (i.e. 'Green Card Holder'), Political Asylee, or Refugee.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • M.S. degree in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Materials Science, or Physics from an accredited institution plus 7-10 years experience in a laboratory setting.
  • Experience with a variety of analytical techniques and instrumentation; strong instrument troubleshooting skills; FTIR expertise (bulk, liquid, and surface analysis) a plus.
  • Experience analyzing metal (aluminum, titanium, nickel) and ceramic matrices, bulk and powder.
  • Familiarity with quality systems and ASTM test methods.
  • Communication and interpersonal skills to partner with projects and provide technical expertise.
    Data reduction and analysis skills; ability to develop and validate novel analytical methods.