Position: PhD Scientist II - ThermoplasticsLocation: Greater Philadelphia, PA area Client and Position Summary: Our client is a well-established, privately held global corporation. They are a leading manufacturer of high-performance advanced materials and integrated materials solutions spanning the Aerospace, Energy, and Semiconductor industries. This position provides technical leadership in the design, development, execution and implementation of scientific research projects focused on improving the performance of high performance plastics. Maintain product differentiation position by helping to formulate the technology roadmap and platform plan. Characterize and organize information on currently used polymers, curatives and fillers for high temperature and high-pressure applications. Plans and executes laboratory research for synthesizing and testing new curatives. Participate in development of patent applications. Primary Responsibilities: Conduct research into the structures and properties of materials in order to obtain information that could be used to develop new products or enhance existing ones. Devise and conduct testing methods to evaluate the effects of various conditions on particular materials. Plan laboratory experiments to confirm feasibility of processes and techniques used in the production of materials having special characteristics. Prepare reports of materials study findings for the use of scientists, research engineers and research technicians. Maintain effective interactions with other scientists in other business units toward leveraging innovation achievements. Choose suitable materials for particular functions in new products, such as withstanding vibration, corrosion, pressure, temperature or impact as dictated by the particulars of a given development project. Design, research and develop novel materials for specific purposes. Monitor production processes in order to ensure that equipment is used efficiently and that projects are completed within appropriate time frames and budgets. Facilitates the transfer of technology to other functions within the organization such as manufacturing, engineering, etc. Conduct research into the structures and properties of materials in order to obtain information that could be used to develop new products or enhance existing ones.