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Staff Scientist - Analytical Chemistry in New Kensington, PA at Arconic

Date Posted: 12/4/2018

Job Snapshot

  • Employee Type:
    Full-Time
  • Location:
    100 Technical Drive
    New Kensington, PA
  • Job Type:
  • Experience:
    At least 3 year(s)
  • Date Posted:
    12/4/2018

Job Description

The Arconic Technology Center (ATC) is constantly inventing and innovating for the next generation of technology.  Located just twenty miles outside Pittsburgh, PA on a large campus, four hundred employees are developing new and improved products and processes.  Our diverse workforce is focused on exciting and potentially game changing projects, ranging from aerospace and automotive to additive manufacturing, digital manufacturing, automation technology and beyond.  ATC invests in its employees and has contributed over $2 billion into the community over the last decade.
 
Primary Purpose of the Job:
  • The primary purpose of this position in the Analytical Chemistry department is to lead the development and application of customized analytical methods to characterize novel metal alloys, powders, advanced ceramics, and other inorganic materials, in support of Arconic research projects and business units.
  • This position requires a broad technical knowledge of and hands-on experience with a variety of analytical techniques (e.g., XRF/XRD, FTIR, LECO, physical measurements, etc.) to provide testing support to the department and technical leadership to cross-functional project teams.
  • The selected individual is responsible for maintaining close partnerships with Arconic project teams and business units 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 that solve complex project problems is a key accountability.
 
Major Activities / Key Challenges:
  • Provide strong technical leadership in elemental analysis techniques including XRF/XRD, ICP, LIBS, and other spectroscopic techniques.
  • Partner with Arconic project teams and business unit locations to develop a strong working knowledge of projects/processes and deliver sound technical guidance and analytical solutions that drive project success; lead cross-functional teams to achieve project objectives.
  • Initiate and lead projects 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.
  • Provide hands-on testing support and technical guidance to multiple laboratories within the Analytical Chemistry department; identify and implement efficiencies to current processes as needed.
  • 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 and NADCAP accreditations.
  • Support Arconic EHS policies and programs
 
Essential Knowledge & Skills / Education:
  • PhD degree in Chemistry, Materials Science, or other related scientific field
  • Experience with elemental analytical instrumentation such as XRF, ICP, spark-AES, LIBS, etc. with specific concentration in inorganic analysis
  • Proven ability to develop and implement new analytical methods
  • Proven ability to develop analytical solutions for industrial applications
  • Capable of providing technical leadership and support to multiple test areas within Analytical Chemistry
  • Baseline knowledge of metallic materials and additive manufacturing processes
  • Proven ability to handle multiple tasks with a high degree of accuracy in a fast-paced environment
  • Ability to provide hands-on support for method development, method validation, implementation, and quantitative data analysis
  • 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


Qualifications

Basic Qualifications:
  • Ph.D. degree in Chemistry, Materials Science, or Physics from an accredited institution
  • Minimum 3 years’ laboratory experience developing methods and performing elemental analysis in inorganic matrices
  • 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:
  • PhD in Chemistry, Materials Science, or Physics
  • Minimum 7 years’ experience with spectroscopic techniques and inorganic analysis in an industrial environment. 
  • Experience with a variety of analytical techniques and instrumentation; XRF experience a plus
  • Experience analyzing metal (aluminum, titanium, nickel) and ceramic matrices
  • 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