Technician Specialist

Posted Date 3 weeks ago(2/22/2018 11:50 AM)




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Purpose and Summary of position:

  • Assist in design and construction of R&D testing units including laboratory and pilot scale reactors and distillation columns. Select, install, and calibrate lab and pilot scale instruments and equipment.
  • Perform hands-on laboratory experiments to accomplish project goals: monitor process variables and make adjustments to maintain experimental parameters, collect samples, monitor and evaluate analytical data, assist with data analysis and written reports for internal presentation.
  • Maintain clear communication with all stakeholders regarding progress of experiments, experimental results, and issues with unit/facilities.
  • Safe operation and maintenance of lab units and equipment. Be aware of and maintain compliance with periodic unit maintenance, functional, and safety documentation requirements.
  • Participate in site safety program, contribute to developing safe operating procedures for new and existing equipment, participate in pre start-up safety reviews, demonstrate good laboratory practices and abide by lab procedures


Required Knowledge/Skills/Abilities:  

  • Experience in design and construction of lab and pilot testing units, i.e., reactors and distillation columns, including instrumentation; knowledge and skill handling and working with glass equipment
  • Extensive hands-on experience and high attention to detail in operation and maintenance of laboratory and pilot-scale testing units
  • Good communication skills, both verbal and written
  • Strong technical skills and ability to quickly learn chemical processes and technology
  • Ability to multi-task, manage time effectively, organize work, and meet deadlines.
  • Good mechanical aptitude and troubleshooting/root cause analysis skills
  • General foundation in chemistry nomenclature and safe handling of chemicals
  • Maintain good housekeeping practices to ensure high quality and compliance with Environmental, Health and Safety practices and policies.
  • Overtime is not the norm for this position, but must be able to work overtime when required (including evenings and weekends).

Desirable Knowledge/Skills/Abilities:  

  • Knowledge of Thermo Scientific software packages such as Atlas, Chromeleon and Sample Manager (LIMS).
  • Computer software skills including Excel, Word, and PowerPoint
  • Experience with operating process control software (i.e., LabView)
  • Ability to read technical drawings (P&ID's)
  • Knowledge of basic analytical methods and strong desire to learn new ones
  • Ability to conduct routine analytical tests using gas chromatography, titrators, etc.
  • Ability to develop specifications for instruments and equipment per project needs, identify suitable vendors, and obtain quotes for suitable products
  • Capable of independent work as well as the ability to work well with others
  • Ability to work in an environment where priorities may change quickly

Required Years of Experience:

  • 10+ years of experience in a chemical or petrochemical laboratory, pilot plant or semi-works facility.

Required Education:

  • High school diploma or equivalent.
    Chemical Process Technology program or training desirable.
    Coursework in chemistry desirable.

Application Methods:

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