This position is under Ford's Research & Advanced Engineering organization (R&A) to deliver automotive-grade smart materials for interior and exterior vehicle applications. The position is for a Research Engineer who will be tasked with the development of responsive polymer surfaces, utilizing material, electrical and mechanical knowledge, and in collaboration with chemical companies, universities and others.
Formulating novel polymeric materials for use in smart material applications.
Investigating electrical/mechanical/chemical relationships in smart polymeric systems.
Conducting polymer characterization and mechanical characterization.
Analyze data, draw conclusions, present findings at an appropriate level to peers and management and document results in publications.
Transfer technology from the laboratory into a production vehicle environment through engagement with the supply base and product/manufacturing engineering teams.
Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering, Materials Science/Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Applied Physics, Chemistry or closely related discipline or research-based experience (i.e., thesis)
2+ years of experience in the development of smart materials that produce responsive surfaces, with at least 1 of the years being hands on laboratory experience (may be university thesis work or RA laboratory experience – not necessary to be industrial experience)
2+ years of experience conducting polymer characterization and mechanical characterization techniques (may be university thesis work or RA laboratory experience – not necessary to be industrial experience)
1+ year of experience working with process-structure relationships in polymeric systems (coursework allowed)
Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering, Materials Science/Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Applied Physics or closely related discipline or research-based (i.e., thesis)
5+ years of experience in the development of smart materials that produce responsive surfaces (may include hands-on laboratory time spent in a graduate-level or post-graduate level research at a university or national laboratory)
5+ years of experience in polymer formulation (may include hands-on laboratory time spent in a graduate-level or post-graduate level research at a university or national laboratory)
Familiarity with electrical/mechanical/chemical relationships in polymeric systems
Demonstrated expertise in the creation of metamaterials
Experience coordinating efforts of other research engineers and scientists (specifically – directing technicians or BS-level engineers/researchers in day-to-day activities in a laboratory environment)
Be self-driven and comfortable defining and executing a research path
Demonstrated ability to analyze data, draw conclusions, present findings to peers and management, document results through publications and presentations
Demonstrated leadership ability in academic or industry settings
Strong ability to communicate technical concepts at appropriate levels for a given audience
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