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R&D Technician

at TPC Group

Posted: 1/27/2020
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 29d7f797-a526-4ffd-ae6d-3dfdb1698129

Job Description

Job Summary: 

TPC Group is looking for a Research and Development Technician.  The Research & Development Technician will have the challenging opportunity to integrate into existing project teams that are key driving forces for strategic growth and development at TPC Group. This candidate will be a self-starter and will demonstrate the ability to successfully execute a broad range of tasks and adhere to all safety and environmental compliance initiatives with minimal supervision. He/she will be proficient and have a thorough understanding of constructing, operating and maintaining lab equipment such as distillation apparatus, various reactor systems, autoclaves and analytical instrumentation. The successful candidate will participate in projects that offer ownership, teamwork and effective communications with a cross section of engineers and chemists. This successful candidate will have the technical dexterity and ability to learn and implement change management, while executing upon competing priorities by understanding a changing work culture that is immersed in strategic growth projects. Reporting to the Supervisor, R&D Technicians, the Research & Development Technician will demonstrate success by completing and ensuring quality experimental and analytical results of targeted project experimentation within established timelines. He/she will offer excellence through documenting experimental test results, working closely with technical professionals (chemists and engineers) and translating laboratory results into commercial practice.


Job Duties and Responsibilities:


The Research & Development Technician will be responsible for operating laboratory equipment and analytical instrumentation to complete experimental protocols. In a short time frame, he/she will learn and demonstrate performance on operation of assigned lab reactor systems and effectively demonstrate operation of analytical equipment. The successful candidate will contribute to process improvements through the use of lab equipment, participate in design teams and safety reviews for laboratory equipment used onsite and will be involved in the construction of lab reactor systems

Required Qualifications:

  • 5 years of industrial research laboratory, pilot plant, or operations experience, or 10 years of combined experience as an Analyzer Tech, I/E Tech, or Process Control Tech.
  • Demonstrated safe work performance and practices.
  • Good communication and written skills.
  • Strong computer skills.
  • Good communication and lab notebook protocol.
  • Attention to detail a must.
  • Possesses a high learning agility.
  • Ability to work in a fast paced environment and adapts easily to changes.
  • Good interpersonal skills.
  • Good communication skills both verbally and in written form.
  • Ability to follow and implement directions for lab experiments.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality in regards to patents, proprietary information, etc.
  • Works on non-routine assignments but recognizes the need for occasional deviation from typical roles and responsibilities.
  • Applies acquired job skills and company policies and procedures to complete assigned tasks.
  • Works independently, and plans work accordingly.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Certificate or AAS In process technology or equivalent
  • Conducts lab experiments and analysis to accomplish product and process improvement and development.
  • Follows all preset safety guidelines.
  • Maintains a clean lab facility through proper housekeeping and is part of the facilities team maintaining general operation at the Technical Center.
  • Builds and installs new equipment.
  • Operates lab systems including start up, operation, and shut down.
  • Performs and ensures reliability of lab equipment through regular maintenance.
  • Calculates mass and mole balances, conversions, selectivity and yields.
  • Operates both online and offline analytical equipment to obtain necessary lab results.
  • Documents and communicates lab results concisely.
  • Maintains an accurate chemical inventory for the department by ordering new chemicals as needed.
  • Ensures that proper department’s waste disposal policies are followed.
  • Performs a variety of routine, basic office/field tasks guided by detailed instructions using standard equipment, computers and established procedures.
  • Understands organization, functions, roles and responsibilities; requires working with others to gather information.
  • Assists lab/field personnel in conducting or witnessing field or lab tests. Certifies the accuracy of the data reported for that sample.
  • Conducts research experimentation for product development and process improvement projects.
  • Coordinate efforts with plant and/or contract employees to help maintain the lab facilities.
  • Proactive with routine and building maintenance tasks such as: minor equipment repairs, troubleshooting, and improve existing facility needs.
  • Scheduling maintenance and contract personnel efforts to maintain lab facilities.
  • Responsible for submitting work orders/requests and seeing the work done to completion.
  • Demonstrated safe work performance and practices.